Bitcoin spikes above $21,000: is the crypto bear market over ?

Bitcoin, the most important cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has spiked above the the $21,000 mark on Saturday.

The move has encouraged crypto investors who’ve been shaken by the collapse of several high-profile crypto firms, including cryptocurrency exchange FTX.

That is the primary time since Nov. 8, 2022, that Bitcoin
BTCUSD,
+4.88%

has crossed $20,000 and follows 11 days of gains.

The rally has inflicted pain on the bears who’ve liquidated lots of of thousands and thousands of dollars in brief positions. According to Coinglass, these totaled around $125 million for Jan. 14 alone, with the period from Jan. 11 onward bringing nearly $300 million of short liquidations.

Second-largest token Ether
ETHE,
+0.36%

surged as much as 9.7%, and others similar to Cardano
ADAUSD,
+0.86%

and Dogecoin
DOGEUSD,
+5.17%

also notched gains. Solana s
SOLUSD,
+23.47%

soared as much as 35%.

The gains pushed the entire market capitalization of the cryptocurrency market over the $1 trillion mark for the primary time since November, in response to data from CoinGecko.

After dropping from just above 67,500 to a low near 15,000, a 77 % loss from the height to the low, Bitcoin has spent about 13 months going mostly sideways, until buyers appeared again this week.

See also: What’s behind Bitcoin’s big rally, and why crypto traders bet the worst Is over

The present surge in bitcoin’s value comes after the U.S. Labor Department issued data showing that inflation is moderating with consumer prices up by 6.5% in December, down from 7.1% in November.

“Cryptoassets performed well following the soft CPI print, suggesting that crypto’s correlation to macro is just not going away anytime soon,” Sean Farrell, head of digital asset strategy at Fundstrat told Bloomberg.

“This week’s follow-through in price motion is definitely encouraging,” and barring any forced liquidations from troubled crypto company DCG, “there’s a high probability that absolutely the bottom is in for crypto prices.”

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