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Bitcoin whales feast as BTC price and the wider market melt down

Panic selling crushes the entire crypto market, sending Bitcoin price to $30,000 for the first time since February, but data shows BTC whales bought the dip.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that the initial price dump that pushed BTC below the $43,000 support level on May 18 accelerated into the overnight trading session fueled by a record $110 billion worth of trading volume and saw the price of Bitcoin wick down near $30,000 on some exchanges before an influx of dip buyers briefly lifted the price back above $40,000 by mid-day.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The market downturn sparked outages and other delays across a few of the top cryptocurrency exchanges and the prices of a vast majority of the altcoins cratered alongside the price of Bitcoin, with Ether (ETH) price briefly plunging to $1,900 and Dogecoin (DOGE) bottoming out at $0.236.

The sell-off flushed out traders using excessive leverage

As with any significant downturn in the crypto market, derivatives and leveraged traders have been especially hard hit by the rapid $8,000 price drop in BTC which resulted in a record 10,525 BTC being liquidated in one hour at the peak of the market squeeze.

Bitcoin long liquidations across all exchanges. Source: CryptoQuant

While leveraged traders were wiped out, some well positioned traders and larger entities with dry powder used this opportunity to buy the dip and promptly put their newly acquired Bitcoins into personal wallets as evidenced by the outflow of 16,895 BTC in a span of 10 minutes during the early morning hours on Wednesday.

Bitcoin total transfer volume from exchanges. Source: Glassnode

As for what to expect next for Bitcoin, some clues have been offered by the team at Whalemap which identified $33,000 as the new major support level for BTC with the previous support at $46,000 now becoming a major resistance level should the price try and bounce higher.

Further analysis from the team also highlighted support levels at $37,400 and $34,200 and indicated that should the price continue to fall lower, it is crucial that the $29,000 support holds or the price could flush as low as $19,000.

While a price dip below $29,000 may seem dire to some, Whalemap instead closed their analysis by stating

“Overall, this is a great dip buying opportunity with a clear invalidation which makes it a great risk/reward trade.”

Altcoins collapse under pressure

As goes Bitcoin, so goes the rest of the market” held true in this most recent downturn resulting in red across the board for the altcoins.

Some of the hardest-hit coins in the top 30 include Litecoin (LTC), Polkadot (DOT) and EOS which have both seen their prices fall by roughly 30% over the past 24-hours. As the market corrected, a series of price manipulations on the Binance Smart Chain-based Venus (XVS) decentralized finance platform led to a 60% drop in the price of XVS.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

Out of the top 200 cryptocurrency projects, the only two that managed to put on positive gains amidst the market turmoil were Celer Network (CELR), which gained 3.33% on the day, and UNUS SED LEO (LEO), which saw its price increase by 5.25%.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.786 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 42.1%.

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Story Originated on Cointelegraph