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Crypto prices drift lower but holding inside short-term ranges
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Crypto prices drift lower but holding inside short-term ranges

Major digital currency prices drifted lower on Wednesday, erasing the small gains made on Tuesday, but holding inside recent tight ranges.

Bitcoin, BTCUSD, -0.08%  the best-known cryptocurrency, was changing hands at $3,845.80, down 0.6% since Tuesday’s level at 5 p.m. Eastern time on the Kraken exchange. The digital currency has yet to trade outside the $3,400 – $4,400 range this year.

What are analysts saying

“It’s good to see the SEC taking a more rational approach to crypto,” wrote Gavin Smith, CEO of Panxora, a cryptocurrency trading platform, speaking after Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton reaffirmed the agency’s stance that Ether is not a security.

“However, we’re not quite out of the woods yet. Global crypto organizations will still be waiting to see how the U.S. moves to regulate crypto going forward. This is because U.S. authorities have a controlling stake in the development of cryptocurrency globally. So far this has meant crippling fines and sometimes criminal proceedings on companies, regardless of whether they are legally operating their own jurisdictions.”

Altcoins and futures

Smaller cryptocurrencies, commonly known as altcoins, are in the red to begin trading. Ether, ETHUSD, -0.72%  fell 1.5% to $130.88, LitecoinLTCUSD, -0.23% was off 2% to $54.85, Bitcoin Cash BCHUSD, +0.31% lost 0.7% to $126.30 and XRP XRPUSD, +2.09% was down 0.7%, trading at 31 cents.

Futures were moving lower with spot prices in early trading. The Cboe Global Markets March contract XBTJ9, +0.13%  was down 0.7% to $3,835, while the CME Group March contract BTCH9, +0.26%  fell 0.3% to 3,835.

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