Bitcoin erased most of its gains Tuesday after China's central bank and a regulator in the capital city took action against a company that was allegedly providing cryptocurrency-related services.
The largest cryptocurrency had risen as much as 3.7 per cent to $35,094 before dropping back after the People's Bank of China and Beijing's local financial regulator prevented a company in the city from registering its business for allegedly providing software services to cryptocurrency trading. Bitcoin was up 0.3 per cent to $33,969.
Financial and payments institutions should not directly or indirectly provide virtual currency-related services, the PBOC and the Beijing regulator said in a statement, adding that institutions should not provide locations, marketing, promotion and display services to virtual currency-related businesses.
China has increased its focus on the cryptocurrency industry, adding restrictions on mining, trading and other services, as well as issuing cautions to entities like banks that might facilitate such transactions. Many miners have shut down or are trying to move out of the country, and mining metrics have showed the decreased activity.
The move came after some chart watchers had been eyeing the 50-day moving average above $36,000 as a potential zone to see a bullish breakout. However, Bitcoin has been stuck in a range of about $30,000 to $40,000 for weeks after dropping from its record near $65,000 reached in mid-April.