Bitcoin surges toward all-time high, meme coins outperform


  • Bitcoin surged near its all-time high of $69,000. 
  • Pepecoin outshined with a 370% weekly gain. 
  • Bitcoin futures hit a record $27 billion in open interest.

In the European morning hours on Monday, Bitcoin (BTC) surged past $65,000, nearing its all-time peak of $69,000, established in November 2021. This bullish momentum was accompanied by a notable increase in the value of bullish bets, which hit a record high. Over the past 24 hours, Bitcoin has seen a gain of over 6%, while the CD20 index, reflecting various tokens’ performance, rose by 5.6%.

The largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization is now merely 5% away from its record high in U.S. dollar terms. Moreover, it has recently surpassed peak prices against several major and emerging-market currencies. The futures market has signaled further potential gains, with open interest—reflecting the number of unsettled futures bets—reaching an all-time high of $27 billion. This surge in open interest indicates an influx of new capital into the market. Concurrently, the market capitalization of Bitcoin has soared to a record $2.8 trillion, surpassing the previous milestone of $2.7 trillion set in November 2021.

Meme coins take center stage

While Bitcoin has impressive performance, meme coins have stolen the spotlight by outperforming all assets. Notably, Pepecoin (PEPE) experienced a remarkable surge of 30% on Monday, extending its weekly gains to over 370%. This surge was part of a broader rally fueled by meme coins such as dogecoin (DOGE) and bonk (BONK). Trading volumes for these frog-themed tokens surged to lifetime highs, reaching $3.6 billion, according to CoinGecko data. The surge in meme coin prices indicates a growing appetite for riskier assets in a risk-on environment.

Pepecoin’s remarkable performance

Pepecoin’s gains outpaced even those of established meme coins like Shiba inu (SHIB) and dogecoin (DOGE), despite recent ecosystem upgrades introduced by some of these token developers. DOGE rallied by 170% over the past week, while SHIB saw a surge of 200%. However, Pepecoin’s meteoric rise of 370% in a week underscores the exuberance surrounding meme coins in the current market landscape.

Bitcoin’s resurgence toward its all-time high and the simultaneous surge in meme coin prices reflect the dynamic nature of the cryptocurrency market. While Bitcoin remains dominant, meme coins have emerged as formidable contenders, attracting significant investor interest and driving trading volumes to new heights.

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Lacton Muriuki

Lacton is an experienced journalist specializing in blockchain-based technologies, including NFTs and cryptocurrency. He dabbles in daily crypto news rich with well-researched stats. He adds aesthetic appeal, adding a human face to technology.

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