Bitcoin dips below $67K as Tesla stock slump combines with Apple CEO denying crypto plans

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Bitcoin (BTC) fell $1,400 in half an hour during Nov. 9 after a snap sell-off hit Tesla ($TSLA) stock.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Tesla falls 12%, Bitcoin 2%

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD fall in line with TSLA shortly after the Wall St. open.

The pair hit $66,650 before bouncing to linger at around $67,000 at the time of writing, still up $1,000 on the day.

After hitting all-time highs of $1,245 Friday, Tesla saw turbulence after it emerged that CEO, Elon Musk, would sell 10% of his holdings worth around $23 billion at the time.

Tuesday saw a significant acceleration of the negative mood as TSLA lost up to 12% in minutes before recovering. By contrast, BTC only fell by around 2%.

$TSLA 1-hour candle chart. Source: TradingView

Cook: No plans for Apple to accept crypto

The move appeared to overshadow news that Apple CEO Tim Book owns cryptocurrency. In an interview, Cook nonetheless tempered any optimism over possible corporate crypto acceptance or purchases, saying that there were no plans as yet to do so.

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“I do. I think it’s reasonable to own it as part of a diversified portfolio,” he said at the DealBook conference, quoted by CNBC.

As Cointelegraph reported, Musk remains much more hands on when it comes to Bitcoin and selected altcoins, with Tesla retaining its $1.5 billion BTC allocation from earlier this year.

“If Apple were to add support for Bitcoin to the iPhone and convert their treasury to a Bitcoin Standard, it would be worth at least a trillion dollars to their shareholders,” MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor meanwhile responded to Cook’s words.

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