Bitcoin’s (BTC) upward march continues unabated as the apex cryptocurrency gained 5.13% in a 24-hour period Tuesday — taking its market capitalization to $255 billion.
What Happened: At press time, Bitcoin prices hovered just below the highs not seen since June 26, 2019, when the cryptocurrency touched $13,796.49, as per CoinMarketCap data.
If Bitcoin were to breakout above the June 2019 highs, it would be at its highest since Jan. 4 2018, when it touched a high of 17,739.70.
Bitcoin touched its all-time high of $20,089 on Dec.17, 2017.
Other cryptocurrencies have followed Bitcoin’s lead with Ethereum (ETH), XRP (XRP), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) gaining 3.4%, 1.4%, and 2.95%, respectively, at press time. Litecoin saw as much as 4.49% gain at press time.
NEM (XEM) and Neo (NEO) were outliers to trend as they fell 3.48% and 0.97%, respectively, at press time.
Why It Matters: The cryptocurrencies are rallying on the back of news of increased mainstream adoption over the recent weeks.
JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) said Tuesday its “JPM Coin” cryptocurrency is now live, being used by a large technology company to send global payments.
Bitcoin closed above the $13,000 mark last Saturday — for the first time since 2018.
This followed PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) saying it would allow its users to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum in October.
Square Inc (NYSE: SQ) earlier announced a $50 million investment in Bitcoin.
Grayscale’s “Bitcoin Investor Study” on Tuesday revealed that 55% of investors in the United States are interested in purchasing Bitcoin this year, which is a 19% rise compared to last year.
The COVID-19 pandemic was cited as a reason by 63% of the respondents as being the reason spurring their interest in the cryptocurrency.
Meanwhile, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (OTC: GBTC) has attracted cryptocurrency lender BlockFi, which has picked up 5.07% of its total shares.
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust closed 8.97% higher at $15.67 on Tuesday.
Price Action: Bitcoin traded 5.13% higher at $13,746.81, Ethereum traded 3.4% higher at $407.37, Bitcoin Cash traded 2.95% higher at $268.43 and XRP traded 1.4% higher at $0.2525 at press time.
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