- Bitcoin’s price skyrockets by 7.2% on the first day of 2024, hitting an intraday high of $45,498.
- Spot ETF hype and optimism fuel Bitcoin’s surge as it approaches levels not seen since March 2022.
Bitcoin has kicked off the new year with a remarkable rally, surging by 7.2% in the past 24 hours to reach an intraday high of $45,498 during the Asian trading session on Tuesday. This surge has propelled Bitcoin to its highest level since March 2022, marking a significant milestone for the world’s largest digital asset.
The Surge and Its Implications
After a period of relative stability over the holiday weekend, Bitcoin’s price began to show significant movement as the first working week of 2024 commenced. This surge has not only captured the attention of cryptocurrency enthusiasts but has also prompted discussions about the cryptocurrency’s potential trajectory.
What’s particularly noteworthy is that Bitcoin now stands just 34% below its all-time high of $69,000, reached in November 2021. The optimism surrounding Bitcoin‘s resurgence is evident, with prominent figures in the crypto space and analysts sharing their perspectives.
ETF Hype Fuels Momentum
Spot ETF (Exchange-Traded Fund) hype continues to be a driving force behind Bitcoin’s recent surge. Cameron Winklevoss, co-founder of Gemini Exchange, expressed his optimism by stating that Bitcoin appears poised to be the best-performing asset of the year, similar to its performance in the previous year.
Custodia Bank CEO Caitlin Long concurred, emphasizing that Bitcoin is already the top-performing asset in 2024. The sentiment among traders and analysts remains positive, with predictions of Bitcoin reaching the $48,000 mark if the current momentum persists.
Spot Bitcoin ETF Anticipation
The excitement surrounding Bitcoin ETFs, particularly spot Bitcoin ETFs, remains palpable. Charles Gasparino, a reporter for Fox Business, mentioned that the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) is still processing paperwork related to these ETFs, with an announcement expected toward the end of the week.
Crypto YouTuber Lark Davis added to the buzz by suggesting that rumors are circulating about the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs this week. Max Keiser, a well-known cryptocurrency proponent, reiterated the bullish sentiment, highlighting Bitcoin’s role as a safe haven in a turbulent financial landscape.
What Lies Ahead for Bitcoin?
While ETF experts have earmarked January 10 as a potential approval date, the SEC’s announcement could come sooner, shaping the cryptocurrency market’s dynamics in the days ahead.
As Bitcoin continues to gain momentum, its impact is felt across the entire cryptocurrency market. Total market capitalization has surged to its highest level since May 2022, standing at $1.82 trillion. Notably, cryptocurrency markets are now only 40% below their peak levels from November 2021 when the total market cap surpassed $3 trillion.
Ethereum, along with several altcoins including Solana, Cardano, Avalanche, Polkadot, and Chainlink, has also experienced significant price gains, highlighting the broad-based enthusiasm in the crypto space as the new year begins.