Bitcoin’s Soaring 2023 Peak Sparks Surge in Crypto Stocks

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U.S.-listed stocks connected to cryptocurrency saw a robust surge on Monday, aiming to build upon their impressive November performance.

This upswing came as bitcoin crossed the $42,000 mark, marking a new high for the year.

BTC high of 2023

Over the past few weeks, shares of firms closely linked to cryptocurrency have experienced significant rallies.

This momentum has been fueled by optimism surrounding possible interest rate reductions in the U.S. and speculation among traders anticipating the approval of bitcoin funds traded on the U.S. stock market.

Bitcoin surged by 4.1% to reach $41,649, marking its highest point since April 2022. During the session, it peaked at $42,162.

According to Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior market analyst at Swissquote Bank, the approval of an ETF (Exchange-Traded Fund) is anticipated to impact investment interest significantly. The expected regulation, increased attractiveness, and easier accessibility would likely bolster investment appetite.

A broader risk rally benefits Bitcoin notably as yields continue to decline.

Additionally, there’s a prevailing positive bullish sentiment for the upcoming year, fueled partly by expectations surrounding the halving event.

Halving is a process aimed at slowing down the release of bitcoin, historically leading to price surges in its aftermath.

Coinbase (COIN.O) saw a significant surge of 7.5%, marking a staggering 62% rise in November despite reporting a decline in third-quarter trading volumes.

Microstrategy (MSTR.O), a prominent Bitcoin investor that acquired bitcoins worth $593 million the previous month, experienced an 8.2% increase.

Bitcoin mining companies like Riot Platforms (RIOT.O), Marathon Digital (MARA.O), and CleanSpark (CLSK.O) soared between 10.3% and 18.8%, respectively.

This surge added to their already impressive double-digit gains throughout November.

The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, which monitors bitcoin futures, surged by 7.7%, poised to reach a high not seen in over a year.

Meanwhile, the ProShares Short Bitcoin Strategy ETF, enabling traders to wager on a decline in bitcoin futures, dropped by 7.7%.

Earlier this year, investor sentiment toward cryptocurrencies and associated assets was tepid due to several notable collapses in 2022, prompting outflows of over a trillion dollars from the sector.

However, the recent surge has propelled Bitcoin’s value by over 150% in 2023, positioning it for its most impressive annual performance since 2020.

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