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Bitcoin briefly slid below $6,000 Tuesday to its lowest point so far this year in a sell-off that has seen the cryptocurrency lose more than half its value.Bitcoin has fallen heavily in recent sessions as a risk-off mood across markets, worries about a regulatory clampdown and moves by banks to ban buying bitcoin on credit cards have rattled investors, pushing prices lower. On the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, bitcoin fell to as low as $5,920, its weakest since mid-November, before recovering back above $6,000 .Ethereum, the second-largest by market value, is down almost 11 percent over the past 24 hours, while the third-largest, Ripple, is down 7 percent, according to trade website Coinmarketcap.com.Bitcoin is down more than 10 percent in that period.
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