Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency market has had a fairly decent week up until Thursday when investors decided to change their minds on a potential rally and begin to pull out capital, greatly affecting the market mood. After a couple of days of gains, Bitcoin witnessed a 1.92 percent dip in value through Thursday and is currently at $46,221 (roughly Rs. 34.24 lakh), down by 1.83 percent over the past 24 hours on Indian exchanges like CoinSwitch Kuber. Meanwhile, on global exchanges, the price of the most popular cryptocurrency stands at $42,769 (roughly Rs. 31.68 lakh) down by 1.96 percent over the past 24 hours.
Ether suffered a worse plight after the Ethereum-based cryptocurrency witnessed a fall of 2.73 percent through the day and is currently valued at $3,544 (roughly Rs. 2.63 lakh) on CoinSwitch Kuber while values on global exchanges see the crypto pegged at $3,277 (roughly Rs. 2.43 lakh), where the coin saw a drop of 2.05 percent over the past 24 hours. Despite its horrible start to 2022, Ether's good showing through the week has seen the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation cut losses to just over 4 percent over the past week.
Bitcoin and Ether's drop off on Thursday didn't mean well for the rest of the market either. Gadgets 360's cryptocurrency price tracker reveals a showing in red across the board, barring a few outliers. Ripple, Cardano, Polygon, Uniswap, Chainlink, and Litecoin all saw dips in valuation. Meanwhile, Polkadot and Monero were the only coins to manage gains apart from the likes of stablecoins like Tether and USDC.
Meme coins have a different story to tell though. While Shiba Inu dropped off by a steep 5.78 percent through Thursday to be valued at $0.000034 (roughly Rs. 0.002511), Dogecoin has managed a massive rise of 8.22 percent over the past 24 hours, buoyed by news of Tesla testing DOGE as a payment option. That said, SHIB's value has moved up by 1.2 percent in the past week, while Dogecoin's has skyrocket by 19 percent.
"We saw traded volumes going up almost 20 percent over the past 24 hours. However, the market remained in a consolidated phase with the weekend approaching. The coming week could likely remain volatile with a good participation by the bulls. If Bitcoin remains below 40 percent and the market holds its support levels, we could likely a bullish move across the altcoins," claims Edul Patel, CEO and co-Founder of crypto investment firm Mudrex.
In related news, Block CEO and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has proposed the creation of a legal defence fund that would help Bitcoin developers deal with mounting litigation. Called the Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund, it's services would be free for developers to take advantage of if they choose to do so. Initially, volunteers and part-time lawyers would assist with cases, and the fund's board would be responsible for determining which cases and defendants to help. Dorsey outlined the basics of the proposal in an email to the Bitcoin-dev mailing list.
After El Salvador made Bitcoin a legal tender in September last year, the crypto culture witnessed expansion in several parts of the world. However, the crypto sector could likely encounter obstacles in Pakistan. The central bank of Pakistan is reportedly considering a ban on all cryptocurrencies from operating in the country. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has now submitted a document to the Sindh High Court, calling cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin “illegal” and unusable for trade purposes. As per Chainalysis' Global Crypto Adoption Index, Pakistan ranks third amongst the top 10 countries with the highest number of crypto users.
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