The momentum, which took Bitcoin over $1,500 higher during last week, failed to last, with a sudden drop producing recent lows of $10,080 earlier on Monday.
Bitcoin price was testing support at $10,000 again on Sept. 9 after the largest cryptocurrency’s latest bull run broke down over the weekend.
Data from Coin360 showed BTC/USD staying lower in its weekly trading range on Monday, having risen as high as $10,930 on Sept. 7.
At press time, Bitcoin hovered just above $10,200, equating to daily losses of 3.15%, while weekly gains remained at around 4%.
Now, analysts were eyeing the potential for further short-term losses before a more definitive long-term trend became apparent.
“Bitcoin dropping down towards the support zone of $10,000, while alts/btc pairs are remaining flat”, the popular Twitter-based commentator and Cointelegraph contributor, Crypto Michaël, wrote in an update on Monday.
Price suppression continues to stand at odds with technical indicators for Bitcoin, which suggest its network is bigger, more competitive and more secure than at any point in history.
As Cointelegraph noted earlier, hash rate was leading the way as the week began, with the likelihood rising Bitcoin has already struck 100 quintillion hashes per second in a new three-figure record. A popular theory suggests that price traditionally follows hash rate gains.
Having languished in sideways patterns for months while Bitcoin boomed, altcoins could soon become the focus of attention once again.
As Cointelegraph reported, investors saw repeated losses against BTC across altcoin tokens, while Monday saw a rare move: Bitcoin dropped more against USD than many other cryptocurrencies.
“I like the consensus of alts/btc pairs not dropping further, while Bitcoin does”, Crypto Michaël added.
Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin by market cap, thus fell 1.8% on the day to hit $180, while XRP shed 1.15% and Litecoin (LTC) 1.3%.
Some tokens fared slightly worse, Bitcoin SV (BSV) dropping 3%, while EOS (EOS) managed to produce above average gains of 6.3%.
The overall cryptocurrency market cap stood at $263 billion, Bitcoin’s share dropping back below 70% in the wake of its weakness versus altcoins.
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