- Cryptocurrency related stocks led by Tesla and Coinbase fell Wednesday as bitcoin dropped to new session lows.
- Bitcoin at its low point of the day was down more than 30% on the session to $30,001.51, its lowest since late January, before recovering some losses later Wednesday.
- Tesla, a large holder of bitcoin, fell roughly 2.5% Wednesday.
- Coinbase, the newly public crypto exchange, dropped about 6%.
Cryptocurrency related stocks led by Tesla and Coinbase dropped on Wednesday as bitcoin plunged the equivalent of a bear market in just a single day.
Bitcoin at its low point of the day was down more than 30% on the session to $30,001.51, its lowest since late January, according to Coin Metrics. The cryptocurrency, and the related stocks, recovered some losses later Wednesday, with bitcoin climbing back to $39,774 at 4:01 p.m. ET.
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"You had a confluence of events...where you started breaking down the positivity in the price action, and now we've got a liquidation event," Galaxy Digital CEO and Chairman Mike Novogratz, longtime bitcoin bull, told CNBC's "Squawk Box." "The market will consolidate. It will find a bottom somewhere. I'm hoping its close to here."
The move comes after China on Tuesday barred financial institutions from conducting crypto-related transactions. Separately, a JPMorgan report showed large institutional investors were dumping bitcoin in favor of gold.
The pullback this month in bitcoin intensified a week ago after Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to change his tune a bit on crypto by saying the company would stop accepting bitcoin for payment because of environmental concerns surrounding crypto-mining.
Tesla fell roughly 2.5% Wednesday. Musk late Wednesday morning indicated Tesla is not selling its large amount of bitcoin amid the cryptocurrency's drop.
Microstrategy, which made headlines by buying a significant amount of bitcoin for its corporate treasury, sunk 6.6%.
Coinbase, the newly public crypto exchange, dropped roughly 6% Wednesday afternoon. The website appeared to be down for some users Wednesday morning, but the company said it resumed service a few hours later.
Bitcoin's price approached $65,000 five weeks ago before peaking, around the time of Coinbase's public debut.
"Coinbase's trading debut coincides with the top for Bitcoin and many traders can't make a convincing argument that it will be able to recover all those losses since then," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.
Square and PayPal — which facilitate transactions in cryptocurrencies and have been big buyers — fell Wednesday morning before rallying back through the day. Square fell ticked down 1.5% and PayPal made up losses to close 0.6% higher.
Nvidia also dropped, then recovered later Wednesday with shares up 0.4%. The company manufactures chips used in crypto-mining, but reportedly trying to curb their use for that purpose.
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, the popular trust holding a large amount of bitcoin, fell about 5% Wednesday.
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— CNBC's Michael Bloom contributed reporting.