Litecoin Surges Then Crashes on Fake Walmart News

Litecoin is experiencing high volatility while it remains stuck within a tight price range.

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Key Takeaways

  • Litecoin surged by more than 35% then crashed today after a fake Walmart partnership announcement surfaced online.
  • The Litecoin Foundation and a spokesperson for the project have since debunked the news.
  • On-chain data shows that LTC is stuck within stiff support and resistance.

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Market participants rushed to exchanges to buy Litecoin today after a press release claimed that Walmart was partnering with the asset. The news turned out to be fake, resulting in significant losses. 

Fake Press Release Sparks Litecoin Pump and Dump

Litecoin just went through one of the most vicious pumps and dumps of the year. 

The number 14 cryptocurrency by market cap saw its price jump by 35% today after a press release referencing a partnership with Walmart surfaced online. A tweet from the official Litecoin Twitter account also appeared to confirm the news, but it was abruptly deleted. A spokesperson from the multinational retail corporation has since confirmed that the announcement was fake. The Litecoin Foundation has also debunked the rumors. 

A sell-off ensued when it became clear that the press release was fake. LTC quickly shed all the gains incurred within minutes and retraced towards $174.

Litecoin US dollar price chart
Source: TradingView

Data from Bybt shows that Litecoin’s erratic price action caused over $25 million worth of liquidations of long and short positions. While some cryptocurrency enthusiasts tremble with fear, others wonder where LTC is heading next. 

Litecoin Stuck in Limbo

Transaction history reveals that Litecoin is currently trading within a significant interest area. Based on IntoTheBlock’s Global In/Out of the Money (GIOM), nearly 730,000 addresses had previously purchased over 10 million LTC between $172.85 and $188.62.

Only a daily candlestick close outside of this price range will determine where the asset will head next. 

Litecoin Transaction History
Source: IntoTheBlock

Slicing through the $188.62 resistance could encourage investors to buy more tokens, pushing prices towards the next supply barrier at $267.30. On the other hand, a spike in selling pressure that pushes LTC below the $172.65 support level could lead to a downswing to $116. 

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