Crypto Market Pulse Weekly – 📈 BTC Reached ATH $71,000 and ETH Retook $4,000

BTC reached a new ATH of $71,000 and ETH retook $4,000. partners with Altava Group to expand the Web3 ecosystem. BlackRock plans to acquire spot Bitcoin ETPs for its Global Allocation Fund.

Mar 11, 2024
Crypto Market Pulse

Weekly Market Index

Last week’s crypto market price and volume indices were up +11.34% and +29.09%, respectively, while the volatility index fell by -28.38%

The price index has been growing successively for seven weeks, demonstrating strong momentum in the market. Last week’s bull run was likely driven by a combination of news regarding higher-than-expected US unemployment data and the Bitcoin halving event.

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Chart of the Week

Bitcoin reached an all-time high of US$70,000 on 8 March. This surge came after the release of US unemployment data. The unemployment rate of 3.9% exceeded expectations of 3.7%. Higher-than-expected readings are typically seen as negative or bearish for the USD, indicating a decrease in value. This led to speculation that inflationary pressures were diminishing because of the implementation of restrictive economic policies. Moreover, BTC crossed $71,000 and reached a new all-time high on 11 March. The rise in Bitcoin’s price also coincides with the upcoming block subsidy halving. Additionally, ETH price rallied and hit $4,000 for the first time since 2021. 

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Weekly Performance

Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) rose by +8.2% and +11.3%, respectively, in the past seven days. Price action for other selected top-cap tokens was mostly positive. The meme coins SHIB and PEPE outperformed.

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Selected key categories were all up in terms of market capitalisation change in the past seven days, led by AI.

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News Highlights

  • announced a partnership with Altava Group, a digital fashion tech company, to expand the Web3 ecosystem. The collaboration aims to enhance digital fashion services offered by Altava Group, which works with luxury brands like LVMH, Balmain, and Bulgari. The partnership will explore the integration of’s NFT marketplace and payment solution and will involve joint promotions through online and offline events.
  • BlackRock is planning to acquire spot Bitcoin exchange-traded products (ETPs) for its Global Allocation Fund. The company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to incorporate these ETPs into its funds. BlackRock’s filing states that it may acquire its own iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) product as well as other Bitcoin ETPs listed and traded on national exchanges.
  • It was revealed that Elon Musk-owned companies Tesla and SpaceX hold a combined total of approximately $1.3 billion worth of bitcoin in their respective wallets according to Arkham Intelligence. Tesla was reported to hold 11,500 BTC (~$780M), and SpaceX held 8,290 BTC (~$560M).
  • The revenue from Ethereum’s network fees reached nearly a two-year high, totalling $193 million in a week according to IntoTheBlock. This surge in activity coincides with the heightened speculation surrounding meme tokens such as PEPE, SHIB, and FLOKI. Ethereum-based decentralised exchanges also experienced a significant increase in trading volumes. The average transaction fees on Ethereum rose to as high as $28, making it expensive for users. 
  • Asset management firm VanEck, known for its Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), launched its own NFT platform called “SegMint”, highlighting the traditional finance industry’s growing interest in Web3 tokenisation. SegMint allows users to vault and fractionalise digital assets by issuing tradable keys on its in-house exchange. The platform focuses on shared ownership and self-custody of assets, addressing some of the limitations of existing NFT platforms. 
  • Hong Kong’s central bank, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), announced the launch of Project Ensemble, a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) project aimed at supporting the tokenization market. 
  • The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to delay its decision on whether to approve options trading for spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The SEC granted itself an additional 45 days to review proposals from the Cboe Exchange, the Miami International Securities Exchange, and the Nasdaq regarding options on Bitcoin ETFs.

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