Bitcoin has experienced a notable upswing to conclude the week, with its value surpassing £48,000 at one point, marking a significant milestone since the initiation of spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds.
According to Coin Metrics, the flagship cryptocurrency concluded the week with a 4.6% gain, reaching £47,587.37, while Ether also witnessed a 2.69% increase, reaching £2,492.97.
Earlier in the week, Bitcoin reached as high as £48,207.78, marking its first ascent beyond this level since January 11. This volatile surge followed the launch of spot bitcoin ETFs, briefly touching £49,058.48. Notably, Bitcoin has not achieved the £48,000 level since March 2022.
In August 2023, Bitcoin logged its biggest one-day drop since November 2022. The cryptocurrency fell 7.2% on the 17th August before hitting a two-month low on the 18th August.
Concerns about substantial outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin ETF and the anticipation of a deeper price correction had suppressed Bitcoin’s trading volume and sentiment over the past fortnight.
Despite these worries, the leading cryptocurrency concluded the week with a remarkable 10.76% gain, marking its most substantial weekly growth since December 8. Ether also recorded an 8.46% increase, making this week its most successful since January 12.
On Friday, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase witnessed a 7% rise, while the bitcoin proxy MicroStrategy gained nearly 10%. Major miners, Riot Platforms and Marathon Digital, also experienced increases of 11% and 10%, respectively.
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