Thursday 7 October 2021 11:25 am

Bitcoin hits highest levels since May while SHIBA continues to run riot

Bitcoin’s latest price surge yesterday saw the leading cryptocurrency hit a daily high of more than $55k for the first time since mid-May.

It’s currently changing hands for around $54,500, which is less than $10,000 away from it’s all-time high. If it continues on its current trajectory, that record could soon be a distant memory.

The recent gains have pushed Bitcoin’s market cap over a trillion dollars again, edging above Facebook and putting it just behind silver as the eighth most valuable asset by market cap. 

It seems Bitcoin is also now dragging other leading cryptocurrencies along with it too, after the majority had a sluggish start to the week.

Most have seen an increase in value of more than five per cent, with Ethereum currently changing hands for just below $3,600.

The big leader this week, however, continues to be Dogecoin pretender SHIBA INU which, at time of writing, had risen an astonishing 350%, joining the top 20 biggest cryptocurrencies by market cap and flipping Bitcoin Cash. Can it break the top 10?

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Total crypto market cap

The total capitalisation of the entire cryptocurrency market at time of writing is currently $2,289,989,986,747,784. 

What Bitcoin did yesterday

We closed yesterday, October 6 2021, at a price of $55,361.45, up from $51,514.81 the day before. The daily high yesterday was $55,568.46 and the daily low was $50,488.19. 

This time last year, the price of Bitcoin closed the day at $10,668.97. In 2019, it closed at $8,245.62. 

Bitcoin market capitalisation

Bitcoin’s market capitalisation at time of writing is $1.027 trillion. To put it into context, the market cap of gold is $11.205 trillion and Facebook is $921.66 billion. 

Bitcoin volume

The total spot trading volume reported by all exchanges over the last 24 hours was $48,942,194,223, up from $36,435,236,683 yesterday. High volumes can indicate that a significant price movement has stronger support and is more likely to be sustained.


The price volatility of Bitcoin over the last 30 days is 62.41%.

Fear and Greed Index

Market sentiment today is 76, in Extreme Greed.

Bitcoin’s market dominance

Bitcoin’s market dominance today is 44.87, up from 43.74 yesterday. Its lowest ever recorded dominance was 37.09 on January 8 2018.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The daily RSI is currently 69.18, up from 66.11 yesterday. Values of 70 or above indicate that an asset is becoming overbought and may be primed for a trend reversal or experience a correction in price – an RSI reading of 30 or below indicates an oversold or undervalued condition. 

Convince your Nan: Soundbite of the day

“Bitcoin has crossed the chasm to mainstream.” 

George Soros’ $6 billion Fund CEO

What they said yesterday

Moving fast…

*Breathes in through nose, exhales out mouth* It is good to be back…


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El Salvador begins mining Bitcoin using volcanic energy

El Salvador, the first country in the world to make Bitcoin legal tender, has mined over £200 worth of BTC using volcanic energy (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Bitcoin booms but Hong Kong listed crypto stocks slide in wake of China crackdown

Hong Kong's First Bitcoin Counter Opens To The Public
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Cardano promises ‘industry-defining announcements’ at its biggest ever summit

Cardano says it will make some 'industry defining' announcements at its summit this weekend.
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Binance probed over suspected insider trading

Changpeng Zhao Binance CEO
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Cardano Alonzo upgrade sees 100 smart contracts in first 24 hours

Cardano coin
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Morgan Stanley to launch new research team led by Sheena Shah

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Bitcoin can now be purchased using the Post Office app

Royal Mail Undecided In Further Post Office Closures
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Simon Nixon tells Seek Ventures to ramp up Bitcoin investment 

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Cautionary Notes

It’s definitely tempting to get swept up in the excitement, but please heed these words of caution: Do your own research, only invest what you can afford, and make good decisions. The indicators contained in this article will hopefully help in this. Remember though, the content of this article is for information purposes only and is not investment advice or any form of recommendation or invitation. City AM, Crypto AM and Luno always advise you to obtain your own independent financial advice before investing or trading in cryptocurrency.

All information is correct as of 08:00 BST