KEY POINTS

  • Bitcoin, Ether plunged
  • Meme cryptos slid
  • Market cap goes down

The cryptocurrency market turned red Thursday after two consecutive days of gains. The global crypto market cap was down 5.18% at $1.68 trillion as of 4.15 a.m. ET.

Bitcoin was down 3.64% at $37,045, CoinMarketCap data showed. Ethereum too plunged 3.44%.

Barring a slight uptick in the USD Coin, all of the top 10 tokens on the crypto chart were trading lower. Solana, Terra LUNA, Polkadot shed up to 10%.

Meme cryptos Shiba Inu and Dogecoin plunged too.

"The reason for the red and dips become more serious after the Fed meeting. The uncertainty outcome from that meeting is lingering in many heads. Adding on to the uncertainties is the recent 30 percent tax in India. This again added more stress to the market," Anndy Lian, Chairman, BigONE Exchange told International Business Times.

"This kind of dips would remain there for some time. Crypto retail investors will be more careful in their investments in the next few months. Watch out for moves from institutions, that can be an indication for changes," Lian added.

Adding to the uncertainties, the financial results of Meta came out Wednesday which has shown a significant slump in its virtual business vertical. Facebook’s parent company valuation dipped by almost $200 billion on Wednesday, which, according to experts, may have spooked the crypto market as well.

"We will have to wait and watch if Meta's NFT and digital asset strategy takes off as expected," Charles Tan, Head of Marketing at Coinstore told International Business Times.

In other news, hackers have stolen more than $320 million from one of the most popular bridges linking the Ethereum and Solana blockchains Wormhole.

The crypto market is extremely volatile and experts recommend investors not make decisions based on the sudden shift in prices.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last week that cryptocurrencies could 'spoil our youth'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last week that cryptocurrencies could 'spoil our youth' AFP / Manjunath Kiran
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