Bitcoin briefly fell below $21,000 on Tuesday in Asia before bouncing back slightly, continuing its plunge as investors sold off risk assets.
The world’s largest cryptocurrency fell nearly 14% in the past 24 hours, while ethereum tumbled more than 12% over the same period, according to Coinbase data.
Bitcoin was hovering at about $21,800 on Tuesday in Asia.
“Everything is on fire right now, be it the equities, be it the crypto assets or anything,” said Nirmal Ranga, head of trading and technical analysis at crypto exchange ZebPay.
“What you’re seeing in the market is … fear, uncertainty and doubt. Technically, markets look oversold and there has to be some floor that we’re going to hit in bitcoin in the coming future,” he told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.”
Celsius said withdrawals, swaps, and transfers between accounts would be halted because of “extreme market conditions” and that the move was meant to “stabilize liquidity and operations.”
“We are taking this action today to put Celsius in a better position to honor, over time, its withdrawal obligations,” the company said in a memo.
Meanwhile, Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, halted bitcoin withdrawals for over three hours “due to a stuck transaction causing a backlog.”
The market capitalization for cryptocurrencies slipped below $1 trillion on Monday for the first time since February 2021, data from CoinMarketCap showed. Around $200 billion has been wiped off the market in recent days.