Cryptos plunge Friday; Research firm sees path for Bitcoin to $36,000

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Bitcoin on Friday broke below a short-term support line at $9,000, extending selloff in the previous session that took all major currencies into the red for the week.

A single bitcoin BTCUSD, +0.00%[1] last traded at $8,593.01, down 5.5% since Thursday’s levels at 5 p.m. Eastern time on the Kraken exchange.

The price of the No. 1 digital currency had spent the best part of the week consolidating after nearing the $10,000 mark late last week. However, that phase now appears to be breaking, giving some analysts cause for concern.

“It’s worth noting that while this could be a significant breakout to the downside, we have pierced the $9,000 level a few times throughout this time but each time price has rebounded back above,” wrote Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda in a research note.

“A significant close below here today could signal another period of downside for bitcoin, which has seen a number of false dawns since the collapse in its price around the turn of the year.”

Mining economics have bitcoin on track for record high

In a Thursday research note, Fundstrat Global Advisors, one of the markets biggest crypto bulls, said the bitcoin mining price dynamics have the No. 1 digital currency on track to reach $36,000 by the end of 2019.

Mining efficiency is an important facet of the cryptocurrency market, and the New York-based research team said that higher hash power—the processing speed required by computers to generate a bitcoin—will propel bitcoin to a new all-time high.

image Fundstrat

“We believe the current path of hash power growth supports a BTC price of about $36,000 by 2019 year end, with a $20,000-$64,000 range,” wrote Sam Doctor, head of data science research at Fundstrat.

The company notes that the price to break-even cost metric (P/BE) provides an important support level for those mining digital currencies.

On Monday, Fundstrat said bitcoin could rally as much as 70%[2] during the coming Consensus 2018[3] conference in New York City.

Read: Here’s how much it costs to mine a single bitcoin in your country[4]

Altcoins crushed

Altcoins extended losses throughout Friday. Ether ETHUSD, +0.00%[5] has lost 7%, trading at $684.99, Bitcoin Cash BCHUSD, +0.00%[6] has shed 10.5% to $1,387.50, Litecoin ...

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