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Bitcoin Shocks Investors, Briefly Crosses $5000 Mark

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Bitcoin skyrocketed suddenly in early morning trading, promoted by an especially noteworthy high-volume buying spree, bringing bullish sentiment back into the crypto market.

Regardless of last week's fall below a major support level, Bitcoin soared as much as 20 percent in early morning trading, breaking $5,000 for the first time since November 2018. By mid-morning, it had descended to around $4,700. Still, the cryptocurrency had gained 13 percent in its most substantial one-day increase since April of last year.

Driven by retail investors, bitcoin climbed to a peak near $20,000 in late 2017, before dropping by as much as 74 percent in 2018. Institutional investors and small hedge funds controlled much of the recent trading.

Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie, president of cryptocurrency company BCB Group hypothesized that today's gains were most likely incited by an order worth about $100 million expanded throughout U.S.-based exchanges, Coinbase and Kraken and Luxembourg's Bitstamp.

Analyzing data from CoinMarketCap, the rally to a 4.5-month high was supplemented by a wave in 24-hour trading volumes to the amount of $15 billion-- the greatest rise since mid-January 2018. Because of this, experts anticipate the bullish turn-around to continue. Related: Russia Is Ditching The Dollar At A Record Pace

Sudden fluctuations in Bitcoin are nothing brand-new; although, its price has been moderately managed this year as financiers considered the chances for widespread adoption after last year's 74 percent crash.

Market professionals state huge buy orders in Bitcoin can often result in outsized moves, in part given that volume is spread out across dozens of sites. Trend-following private investors and exaggerated news coverage can likewise increase volatility.

Altcoins follow Bitcoin's lead

The leading ten coins all saw significant gains versus USD, with Bitcoin taking the spotlight. Ethereum broke a key value of $150, while Litecoin ventured into the $70 area. No coin in the top 10, except for stablecoin Tether saw gains versus the dollar that were less than 5 percent.

Mati Greenspan, an analyst at eToro in Israel, explained, “Usually bitcoin is the leader of the market and altcoins tend to follow, as far as direction and sentiment is concerned,” adding, “Today bitcoin is in the driving seat.”

By Michael Kern via Safehaven.com

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