Cryptos: Bitcoin tumbles 5% as broader crypto market loses nearly $10 billion

Cryptocurrency prices are trading sharply lower on Thursday, with some major coins recording double-digital losses.

In Thursday trading a single bitcoin, BTCUSD, -5.66%  the largest cryptocurrency, was fetching $ 3,810.53, down 5.4% since Wednesday’s level at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Kraken crypto exchange. The broad-based selloff has erased close to $ 10 billion off the total value of all digital currencies.

“After a positive start to 2019 with prices drifting gently higher, selling returned with a bang to the cryptocurrency space, backed by a sizeable pick-up in volume. Double-digit losses were recorded in some coins, while Ripple ( the XRP coin) overtook Ether to become the second-largest token by market capitalization,” wrote Nick Cawley, analyst at Daily FX.

“The selling was accompanied by heavy turnover — just under $ 20 billion — normally a bearish sign, especially after the quiet market conditions this week to date. The cryptocurrency market as a whole lost just under $ 9 billion in one hour.”

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Altcoins, cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin, are showing significant losses early Thursday. Ether has lost 12% to $ 131.66, Litecoin LTCUSD, -13.13% was off 11.7% to $ 34.57, Bitcoin Cash BCHUSD, -11.89% was off 13.1% at $ 137.40 and XRP, XRPUSD, -6.24% was trading 5.9% lower at 34 cents.

Bitcoin futures have tracked spot prices lower on Thursday. The Cboe Global Markets February contract XBTG9, -6.15% XBTG9, -6.15% XBTG9, -6.15% was off 5.9% at $ 3,750, and the CME Group February contract BTCG9, -5.40% had shed 5.8% and was also trading at $ 3,750.

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