Ethereum dips below $1,700 mark for first time in four weeks

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Ethereum dropped below the $1,700 mark on the Binance crypto exchange on Tuesday (July 20th) for the first time since June 22nd. For the past week, the altcoin has lost 14% of its value amid China’s ongoing crackdown on crypto with another province, Anhui, banning mining activities on its territory. Currently, around 90% of mining companies in China have suspended their operations.

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Despite the high volatility, most digital coins ended Tuesday in the green with bitcoin gaining 3.62%, and ethereum adding 6.45% in the last 24 hours. Dogecoin’s price was up 9.09%.

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