- Ethereum cleared $US1,000 for the first time on Friday.
- The digital currency cleared $US1,200 for the first time in early trade on Monday to reach a new all-time high.
- It has since given up some of its gains and is up 6.8% against the dollar to $US1,191 at the time of writing.
LONDON – Ethereum’s recent surge is continuing on Monday, with the cryptocurrency close to its all-time high.
Ethereum, the second biggest cryptocurrency after bitcoin, crossed $US1,000 per coin for the first time on Friday. Gains continued over the weekend and ethereum cleared $US1,200 per coin in the early hours of Monday morning. It hit an all-time high of $US1,261.41 at 4.40 a.m. UTC/GMT (11.40 p.m. ET).
The digital currency, which was worth just $US10 at the start of 2017, has since given up some of its gains but is still trading higher on the day.
Ethereum is up 6.8% against the dollar to $US1,191.96 at the time of writing (7.55 a.m. GMT/2.55 a.m. ET):
The immediate spur for the recent rally was a fourth quarter report on the performance of ethereum, which is a decentralized network for people to run contracts on. Transactions volume on its network doubled, according to a blog post, “surpassing 10 transactions per second for days at a time.”
Ethereum’s recent rally means the cryptocurrency now has a market capitalisation of $US118 billion, according to data provider CoinMarketCap.com. That equates to 15% of the entire cryptocurrency market.
Elsewhere in the cryptocurrency markets, bitcoin is down 1.8% against the dollar to $US15,875.17 at the time of writing and litecoin is down 2.4% to $US264.19.
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