Bitcoin (BTC) Surges 8%, Leading the Crypto Market Back Above $120 Billion
The cryptocurrency market has ended the week on a strong note with Bitcoin (BTC) surging over 8% to $3,703, its largest one-day gain since December 28.
The surge came shortly after Litecoin (LTC) rallied 12% in early Friday trading. Following Litecoin’s lead Bitcoin began moving higher before breaking out around 9:00 AM (EST). The rest of the market has mirrored the move, bringing the total cryptocurrency market cap to $120.5 billion.
Adding further bullish momentum, SEC commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr. revealed yesterday that he believes a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) will ultimately be approved. “Eventually, do I think someone will satisfy the standards that we’ve laid out there? I hope so, yes, and I think so,” Jackson said.
The top-100 altcoins are all positive Friday, with many up double-digits, including Ark (ARK), up 32.6%, Litecoin, up 28%, EOS (EOS), up 16.2%, Ethereum (ETH), up 13.9%, and Bancor (BNT), up 13%. The AltDex 100 Index (ALT100), a benchmark index that doesn’t include stablecoins, is currently up over 9.1%.
Various altcoin categories are also performing well in Friday trading, with the AltDex Privacy Index (ALTPRV), up 9%, the AltDex Exchange Index (ALTEXC), up 6.9%, and the AltDex Masternode Index (ALTMSN), up 8.3%.
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