Bitcoin fell Tuesday, extending losses from the previous session and putting the cryptocurrency on track for its fifth consecutive losing session.

A single bitcoin














BTCUSD, -0.63%












 was fetching $3,402.32, down 1.1% since Monday’s level at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Kraken cryptocurrency exchange. Earlier in the session, the cryptocurrency made a new low for the year at $3,344.80.

“There’s just no catalyst to push it [bitcoin] higher at the moment,” said Charles Hayter, co-founder of CryptoCompare. “The macro backdrop isn’t great and the ETF decision has dampened enthusiasm.” Hayter said he expects volumes to pick up in the coming weeks after a December lull.

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Five straight losing sessions for the No.1 digital currency
Altcoins mixed, futures lower

Digital currencies other than bitcoin, commonly known as altcoins, were mixed on Tuesday. Ether














ETHUSD, +0.91%












 was up 0.5% at $103.99, Litecoin














LTCUSD, +1.81%












rose 1.4% to $30.73, Bitcoin Cash














BCHUSD, +1.65%












is trading 1.2% higher at $110.30 and XRP














XRPUSD, -0.37%












was down 1.2% at 29 cents.

Bitcoin futures were tracking spot markets lower on Tuesday The Cboe Global Markets February contract














XBTG9, -0.44%












was down 0.9% at $3,350, while the CME Group February contract














BTCG9, -0.59%












fell 1% to $3,345.

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