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Bitcoin prices today slumped more than 10% on Wednesday as traders appear to be taking some profits off the table after the price of Bitcoin has surged more than 100% from its recent lows.
Markets have roared in recent days thanks to more crypto-friendly policies across the globe. In addition to Wyoming's decision on Monday to relax securities laws in the crypto space, it also appears that South Korea won't ban Bitcoin anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Litecoin prices pulled back nearly 14%. The fifth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization has enjoyed a significant amount of attention due to the spin-off of Litecoin Cash and LitePay, but that wasn't enough today to help prices climb today.
Below is a recap of the top cryptocurrency prices at 3:30 p.m. EST...
- Bitcoin: $10,574.20, -10.58%
- Ethereum: $837.13, -9.94%
- Ripple: $1.01, -10.24%
- Bitcoin Cash: $1,312.28, -13.24%
- Litecoin: $211.90, -13.90%
Now that we know all of today's price movements, here's what has been moving these cryptocurrencies...
Cryptocurrency News Today
On Wednesday, the market capitalization of the global cryptocurrency sector hit $454.4 billion.
Bitcoin represented 35.8% of the total cryptocurrency market with a market capitalization of $178.4 billion.
The best performers from the top 100 largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization included DigitDAO (up 14.58%) and Dent (up 14.48%).
These were the only two cryptocurrencies that had positive gains on the day.
The worst performers from the top 100 largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization included ZClassic (down -24.13%), Lisk (down -22.13%), Byteball Bytes (down -21.06%), RChain (down -18.29%), ZCoin (down -17.72%), IOSToken (down -17.60%), Golem (down -16.89%), Bitcore (down -16.89%), and FunFair (down -16.64%).
Bitcoin Bounces Back
In positive Bitcoin news, two large cryptocurrency exchanges announced they have implemented SegWit for transactions.
Coinbase announced on Tuesday that it will start rolling out SegWit this week. Meanwhile, Bitfinex said it has also implemented the update.
"By supporting SegWit addresses, Bitfinex is tackling three of the biggest crypto-enthusiast concerns: transaction fees, transaction speed, and total network capacity," said Bitfinex CTO Paolo Ardoino in a post on Medium.com.
Ripple Continues to Run
Ripple may have declined by more than 10% today, but its client base continues to expand at an impressive level.
According to CoinDesk.com, the company added two international banks and three international remittance firms as clients.
The new clients span four nations and will continue to provide Ripple with much needed publicity for its growing user base.
Weighing the Petro
On a day that Bitcoin lost double digits, most of the cryptocurrency world was abuzz about Venezuela's new coin called the "petro."
The nation's dictator, Nicolas Maduro, said that the nation received $735 million through the pre-sale of the petro in its first day. The goal of the energy-backed cryptocurrency is to bypass U.S. sanctions as Venezuela's fiat currency continues to plunge.
Backed by the nation's oil reserves (although who is really trusting this regime), the cryptocurrency will have 100 million petros in circulation.
Despite Maduro's claim of $735 million raised, many journalists and cryptocurrency enthusiasts are doubting his estimate.
In fact, many native Venezuelans have taken to social media to express their concern about the viability of this new cryptocurrency.
Marialbert Barrios, a National Assembly deputy and anti-Maduro advocate, wrote: "Who in their right mind buys a [cryptocurrency] from a government that does not pay the foreign debt, with an economy in hyperinflation?"
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