Bitcoin, Ether Drop Over 5% in Massive Sell-Off as Market Continues to Digest Silvergate
Major digital assets took a plunge in the early hours of the business day Hong Kong time.
Bitcoin and Ether both dropped over 5% as major crypto firms continue to distance themselves from Silvergate. During the U.S. trading day, Silvergate’s stock dropped over 50% as crypto clients continue to flee the bank. Most of the top 10 other cryptocurrencies by market cap saw similar declines.
The rapid sell-off took a toll on Coinbase, which began experiencing connectivity issues at 10:20 AM Hong Kong time.
“Institutions are a bit jumpy as Silvergate seems to be having issues,: said Nick Ruck of ContentFi, a web3 venture studio, in a note to CoinDesk.
Ruck also pointed to the release of some of Mt. Gox’s bitcoin, which would increase its circulating supply, as another source of volatility.
Other major crypto exchanges, including Binance, Bitfinex, Kucoin, OKX and Kraken did not report similar issues.
Bitcoin’s price fell to an intraday low of $22,020 as Asia trading hours began, after remaining roughly steady at $23,500 for most of the past day. It appeared to rebound slightly, climbing to just under $22,400 after its plunge.
Ether saw a similar pattern, falling to $1,550 after spending the past day hovering around $1,650 with limited change.
UPDATE (March 3, 2023, 02:32 UTC): Adds additional detail.