Crypto company shares and funds closed sharply lower on Tuesday as bitcoin dropped briefly to a two-year low, even though the three major U.S. equity indexes ended higher.
tumbled to as low as $17,484 Tuesday, the lowest level since Nov. 2020, after Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, said it had signed a letter of intent to acquire the non-U.S. assets of rival FTX, which faces a “significant liquidity crunch.”
Bitcoin lost over 12% to around $18,374 over the past 24 hours, according to CoinDesk data. Ether
fell 17.6% over the past 24 hours. The 50 largest cryptocurrencies, except some dollar-pegged stablecoins, are all in red Tuesday.
Mining company Riot Blockchain
shares went down 7.4% to around $5.30, and Marathon Digital Holdings
shares lost 5.2% to $9.96. Another miner, Ebang International Holdings Inc.
shares dropped 1.4% to around $0.31.
Among crypto funds, ProShares’s Bitcoin Strategy ETF
plummeted 13.2% to $11.15, while its Short Bitcoin Strategy ETF
rallied 13.2% to $40.06. Valkyrie Bitcoin Strategy ETF
tanked 13.5% to $6.94, and Grayscale Bitcoin Trust
dived 12.5% to $10.55.