Bitcoin drops below $43,000 on El Salvador’s first day using it

Bitcoin drops below $43,000 on El Salvador’s first day using it
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It’s a volatile day for bitcoin, which briefly fell by about 10% Tuesday — below the $43,000 mark.

The drop comes after El Salvador made good on a plan announced in June and adopted the cryptocurrency as legal tender, making it the first country in the world to do so.

That’s good news for the mainstreaming of bitcoin. But the crypto fell Tuesday on the “buy the rumor, sell the news” phenomenon related to the Salvadoran policy finally coming to be, said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda.

The Central American nation had bought 200 bitcoins previously, and it purchased another 200 late Monday ahead of the formal adoption plus another 150 on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 550 bitcoins. It will also give residents $30 worth of bitcoin with the download of the state-run Chivo wallet app to incentivize citizens to try crypto payments.

Bitcoin had traded as high as nearly $53,000 per coin Monday on the Salvadoran activity.

As the New York stock exchange opened Tuesday, the digital currency was more or less flat, and by midday it had fallen to a 24-hour low of $42,921, according to CoinDesk data.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, a right-wing populist who rose to power in 2019, tweeted around midday that he was “buying the dip.”

The crypto has since come off its lows, though it remains down some 8.5%. Bukele tweeted that “it appears the discount is ending.”

–CNN Business’ Merlin Delcid contributed to this report.

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