Bitcoin traded back in the US$19,000 range in Wednesday morning trading in Asia after breaching US$20,000 the previous day in a broader market surge. Ether was little changed, while Solana, Cardano and XRP on the list of top 10 by market capitalization lost ground.
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Bitcoin fell 0.6% in the past 24 hours to trade at US$19,105 at 8 a.m. in Hong Kong, while Ether dipped 0.4% to US$1,329, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
XRP led losses in CoinMarketCap's top 10, falling 4% to US$0.44 as it continued to lose ground after reaching a four month high of US$0.55 earlier in the week. XRP had been on a price run higher amid reports a summary judgment may be granted in the lawsuit between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and XRP issuer Ripple Labs Inc., which would conclude the case without a trial.
Solana fell 3.3% to US$32.72 and the Cardano token lost 1.1% to US$0.44.
UNI, the native token of the Uniswap decentralized exchange (DEX) that ranks just outside the top 10 list, jumped 8.1% to US$6.39. The gains follow news last week that the Uniswap Foundation, the organization behind the DEX, had distributed US$1.4 million in grants to projects working on the network, the largest going to Uniswap Diamond, which will improve functions on Uniswap.
U.S. equities had a mixed day on Tuesday. The S&P 500 Index closed down 0.2%, as it recorded its longest losing streak since February 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.4% to continue its fall into the bear market officially announced on Tuesday after it lost 20% from its recent peak. The Nasdaq Composite Index ended the day up 0.3%
Investors remain in the shadow of a widespread rise in interest rates as central banks around the world attempt to tamp down inflation, which is at a four decade high in the U.S. The U.S. Federal Reserve raised rates by 75 basis points last week and more increases are expected through the end of the year.
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