Bitcoin dipped lower than its one-year low to $5,533.09 BTC=BTSP on the Bitstamp platform. It was down 9 percent at $5,690.47. Analysts placed a price of $6,200 as the litmus test to see if buyers were waiting on the sidelines. The loss of value in the Bitcoin market spread to Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies which pushed the sector below $200 billion for the first time since September. "What you are seeing... is a breakout on the downside. Sometimes when things happen, it takes a while for the true reason to become clear - an exchange trade or regulatory action," said Charlie Hayter, founder of industry website Cryptocompare in London. Other market participants suggested that Thursday's impending "hard fork," or split of bitcoin cash - another cryptocurrency that emerged out of bitcoin - into two separate currencies, has caused some volatility as well.