Bitcoin and Ether inched down during Asia trading hours on Friday afternoon, with Dogecoin leading losses among the top 10 largest non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.
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- Bitcoin fell by 0.36% in the past 24 hours, to trade at US$16,487 by 4:30 p.m. in Hong Kong. Ether lost 0.31% to change hands at US$1,189, according to CoinMarketCap data.
- Dogecoin decreased 3.95% to trade at US$0.068, and Polygon’s Matic saw the second biggest loss, down by 3.21% to US$0.75.
- The global crypto market cap decreased 0.64% over the last 24 hours to US$790 billion, and total crypto market volumes fell 3.51% to US$27.49 billion.
- Asia equity markets were up following Wall Street’s recovery. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rallied 0.83%, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.51%, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index inched up by 0.2%.
- Bitcoin fell below the US$17,000 mark on Dec. 16 after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates by half a percentage point to the range of 4.25%-4.5% – the highest rates in 15 years. Bitcoin has since remained under US$17,000, prompting concerns among investors about more potential downside for the crypto market.
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