Bitcoin Drops from $8.4K to $8.1K, Top 20 Coins See Red

The biggest cryptocurrency by market cap has seen some volatility over the past seven days, hitting its intraweek high of $8,492 on Oct. 1 after dipping to as low as $7,833 on Sept. 30. Over the seven-day period, Bitcoin is down about 2%.

Thursday, Oct. 3 — Crypto markets have again failed to continue their recovery as almost all the top 20 coins by market cap are seeing significant losses.
After climbing to highs of $8,414 over the past 24 hours, Bitcoin is down 1.4% to trade at $8,115 at publishing time.

Bitcoin’s dominance on the market accounts for 67.6% at publishing time.

Bitcoin 24-hour price chart. Source: Coin360

Bitcoin 24-hour price chart.
Ether (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, is down nearly 2% over the past 24 hours to trade at $171 at publishing time. Still, the top altcoin is up more than 4% over the past seven days.

Ether seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360

Ether seven-day price chart.

XRP is down the most among top 20

XRP, the third top cryptocurrency by market cap, slid by almost 3% — trading at $0.244. It is still in green territory, having risen by about 0.5% over the past seven days.

Ripple seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360

XRP seven-day price chart.
While XRP is seeing the biggest losses among the top 20 coins by market cap, UNUS SED LEO (LEO) is seeing the mildest losses, with its price being almost flat over the past 24 hours.

The total market cap amounts to $216 billion, significantly down from its intraday high of $223 billion.

U.S. lawmakers call for USD digital currency

Yesterday, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague officially announced the immediate suspension of OhioCrypto.com, the website allowing businesses to pay taxes with Bitcoin. Sprague argued that the platform required an approval by the Board of Deposit before its launch. The state of Ohio was reported to become the first state to accept Bitcoin as tax payment in November 2018.

While Ohio wants to suspend the option of tax payment in Bitcoin, the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee asked the Federal Reserve if there are any plans for launching a U.S. dollar digital currency in a letter on Sept. 30. The lawmakers argued that it may be crucial for the Fed to “take up the project of developing a U.S. dollar digital currency.”

U.S. manufacturing sees worst level in 10 years

Meanwhile, the U.S. stock market saw a significant decline on Oct. 2 after data from the Institute for Supply Management showed that U.S. manufacturing activity has hit its lowest level in more than 10 years.

As of publishing time, the negative trend continues as Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is down 0.5%, while S&P 500 (SPX) and Nasdaq (NASDAQ) Composite slid 0.3% and 0.2% respectively. Shares of tech giants Alphabet and Apple led Wednesday’s drop, with the stocks down 0.4% and 1% respectively.

In contrast, spot gold, which hit a near two-month low of $1,458.50 on Oct. 1, has edged up more than 1% to trade at $1,514 at press time.

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