Bitcoin price continued its slide as the digital token slipped below $57,000 for the first time since October, in a retreat from record highs. he world’s largest and most popular cryptocurrency was trading over 6% lower at $56,328.8. Bitcoin recently hit record high of around $69,000 and is up over 93% this year (year-to-date or YTD) so far.

Global crypto market cap slipped to $2.6 trillion, according tracker CoinGecko. Bitcoin has more than doubled this year, while Ether is up about sixfold. Both scaled records last week amid a fervor for digital assets driven by speculative demand and controversial arguments that they can hedge inflation risks.

“Bitcoin, Ethereum and other major altcoins have remained subdued almost 3 days in succession. On the daily timeframe, Bitcoin can be seen traversing within a channel pattern, frequently retesting the support of $58,000 mark. The RSI indicator has fallen below 40, a sign that the token is close to being oversold. We could soon expect a reversal in the trends based on the current scenario and the general optimism surrounding bitcoin,” said Siddharth Menon, COO of WazirX.

Ether, the coin linked to ethereum blockchain and the second largest cryptocurrency, also declined more than 4% to $4,075. Ether price has been trading around all-time high, catching up with bitcoin’s rally and riding on news of wider
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