Altcoins soared higher as Bitcoin price reclaimed $33,000 as support just one day before a record $4 billion BTC futures expiry.
Bitcoin (BTC) price appears to have flipped the $32,000 level back to support as the wider cryptocurrency market saw renewed optimism on Jan. 28.
The most notable gainer of the day was Dogecoin (DOGE) which surged more than 200%.
The popular meme coin became the latest beneficiary of the 3 million member Reddit community behind the incredible GameStop (GME), BlackBerry (BBY) and AMC Theatres (AMC) pump that happened over the last few days. In the early morning hours of Jan. 28, a Twitter account named WSB Chairman tweeted:
A lot of you are talking about Dogecoin. What’s that? A meme crypto?
— WSB Chairman (@WSBChairman) January 28, 2021
Shortly afterwards, members in the Wall Street Bets telegram began discussing the possibility of pushing DOGE to $1.
According to data from TheTIE, the tweet volume for Dogecoin “surpassed Bitcoin over the last 24 hours,” making this the first time on record that “an altcoin has been tweeted about more than Bitcoin over a 24 hour period.”
In a private conversation with Cointelegraph, Joshua Frank, founder of TheTIE, commented on just how “wild” the activity related to Dogecoin has been over the past 24-hours.
“Dogecoin tweet volume is up 1,665% today, its trading volume is up 1,546%, and its price is up 209%”
Wall Street continues to embrace cryptocurrencies
Coinbase officially unveiled its plan to go public later this year. According to Coinbase Blog, the company will do a direct listing of its Class A common stock, making existing shares available to the public.
North Carolina wealth manager Kingfisher Capital also made headlines after filing documents revealed that the firm had purchased 10,667 shares of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust over the past few months.
Several brokerage firms in the United States, including the popular mobile-based Robinhood, are receiving blowback for halting trading on stocks like GameStop (GME) and AMC Holdings Inc. (AMC), which has been the primary story of the week after a retail investor-inspired short squeeze by members of the Reddit group r/wallstretbets pushed the prices of each stock up by hundreds of percent.
The traditional markets also saw a bounce following a minor sell-off yesterday. The S&P 500, NASDAQ and Dow all saw positive inflows and finished the day up 0.98%, 0.68% and 0.99% respectively.
Bitcoins show of strength at the $32,000 coincided with a strong rally from many altcoins and currently the majority of the top 100 coins are reflecting 3% to 15% gains.
The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $984.6 billion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 63.2%.