Bitcoin was trading above $62,000 in London early trading hours, according to CoinMarketCap, making it the 15th day in a row above the $60,000 mark. In the latest run, bitcoin rose above $60,000 on 15 October, ultimately reached a new record high of $66,930.39 on 20 October before retreating to just above the $60,000 zone.
The mark is now cited as a support level for the flagship cryptocurrency by some market watchers. Bitcoin already stayed above this milestone longer than in the previous run when bitcoin surpassed $60,000 in April and stayed in the $60,000-plus territory for nine days.
Shiba Inu continued to defy the rest of the market with its gains. It was up 89% week-on-week, making it the Top 10 coin’s biggest weekly gainer ahead of the second Binance Coin, which was up 8.20% over the past seven days.
Chart of the day: Shiba market capitalisation
Quote of the day
Speaking on CNBC, Mad Money host Jim Cramer said:
Quick round-up of the biggest coins by market capitalisation
- Bitcoin climbed 1.54% to $62,148.90
- Ethereum was flat, creeping 0.12% to $4,319.50
- Binance Coin and Tether were trading unchanged, recording +0.05% and -0.07% change respectively
- Cardano was trading at $2 – a 1.62% decrease over the past 24 hours.
Key gainers and losers
- Ripple recorded the biggest daily loss of the Top 10 pack after it slid 2%
- Solana rose 11.2 % over the last 24 hours, surpassing Shiba Inu’s 8.2% daily gain
Other crypto news
- The amount of bitcoin held on cryptoexchanges hit a three-years low, figures from data platform Glassnode show. The balance stood at 2.46 million BTC at the end of October, down from 2.47 million BTC during the previous three months period, possibly signaling some bullish sentiments in the market
- Crypto market is “unlikely to reach whatever potential it has” until stricter investor protection guardrails are put in place, US Securities and Exchange Commission chair Gary Gensler told Fortune
- PayPal co-founder and early investor Peter Thiel reiterated that he regrets not having bought more cryptocurrencies sooner, and said that current bitcoin prices are indicative of the real economy facing inflation, Bloomberg reports
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