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Bitcoin surges to $71,000 level today; what's driving the rally?

The crypto market is surging as investors react to a torrent of good news. ETH has skyrocketed 19% in 24 hours to surpass $3,700, while Bitcoin has crossed $71,000, up nearly 8%.

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Bitcoin (BTC) soared above $71,000 early Tuesday, reaching its highest level since early April, while Ether jumped more than 19% to $3,700. This surge followed Bloomberg analysts increasing the likelihood of a spot ETH exchange-traded fund (ETF) being approved in the U.S. to 75%.

According to the latest data from SoSoValue, as quoted by The Economic Times, Bitcoin ETFs saw total net inflows surpassing $241 million on May 20. Notably, BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF, IBIT, drew in over $66 million in net inflows, while Fidelity’s Bitcoin ETF, FBTC, registered net inflows of $64 million.

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“The crypto market is surging as investors react to a torrent of good news. ETH has skyrocketed 19% in 24 hours to surpass $3,700, while Bitcoin has crossed $71,000, up nearly 8%. The catalyst for this surge appears to be the ETF approval, with chatter suggesting the SEC could be doing a 180 on this increasingly polarizing issue," said Rajagopal Menon, VP, WazirX.

The global cryptocurrency market cap jumped by 7.9% to approximately $2.61 trillion in the past 24 hours.

Other major cryptocurrencies also saw significant gains: BNB (5.1%), Solana (3.5%), XRP (5.7%), Dogecoin (8.6%), Toncoin (5%), Shiba Inu (6.8%), Avalanche (14%), and Cardano (7.8%).

What drove the rally?

Markets began to rally late Monday after Bloomberg analysts Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart increased the likelihood of a spot ether ETF from around 20% to 75%. Subsequently, CoinDesk reported that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requested that exchanges seeking to list ether exchange-traded funds update their 19b-4 filings ahead of an important deadline this week.

This happened as SEC asked aspiring ether ETF exchanges to update 19b-4 filings ahead of the 23rd May deadline. However it is still unlikely that the ETH ETF will be approved this week itself - the SEC seems to be moving in a positive direction, and that is what has triggered the market.

In the meantime, Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency in terms of value, surged by 19.2% to reach $3,667 in today's trading session.

Also read: Stage set for return of Binance, Kucoin to India

“Spot Ethereum #ETF approval odds have surged to 75% from 25%, as the #SEC asks exchanges to update 19B-4 filings on an accelerated basis for Spot Ethereum ETFs. This is huge news for the future of Ethereum, indicating it may soon follow in the footsteps of #Bitcoin. Owing to this, the market is witnessing significant movement and is expected to gain further traction," said Avinash Shekhar, Co-founder and CEO of Pi42.

Over the past day, the market capitalization of Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency globally, surged to $1.402 trillion. As per CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin's dominance now stands at 53.79%. Additionally, Bitcoin's trading volume in the last 24 hours saw a significant uptick, soaring by 135% to reach $52.07 billion.

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Published: 21 May 2024, 04:51 PM IST
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