HONG KONG: Bitcoin is looking weak today after prices failed to hold above $17,000 levels at the weekend.
Coindesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) fell to a low of $15,253 earlier today and was last seen trading at $15,345 levels. According to data source OnChainFX, bitcoin (BTC) has depreciated by 8.86 percent in the last 24 hours.
Notably, fears of a China crackdown on bitcoin mining may have weakened the bid tone around the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.
Caixin Global reported last week that local regulators in China may not longer offer discounted electricity and tax deductions to mining companies. Further, a leaked document now suggests that China’s top internet finance regulator is requesting that local governments push bitcoin-mining operations towards an “orderly exit” from the industry.
The technical chart also indicates an increased risk of a bearish breakdown.