Thursday 22 July 2021 12:01 pm

Musk back in for Bitcoin?

Crypto at a glance

A week that started like a wet night alone in a dark forest for cryptocurrency has adopted something of a carnival vibe, with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk yet again at the heart of it.

Having dipped briefly below $30,000 on Monday as the wider markets crashed, the Bitcoin price has rebounded back towards $32,000 today. The world’s largest cryptocurrency has now climbed four per cent over the last 24 hours, with many crediting the recovery to Elon Musk’s announcement yesterday that Tesla is “most likely” to start accepting Bitcoin as payment again.

The electric car manufacturer’s decision in May to halt the use of cryptocurrency for purchases sparked a price collapse that saw it halve in value from an all-time high of $64,000.

Speaking at The B-Word conference yesterday, Musk explained that Bitcoin’s environmental credentials had improved as miners had left China and the energy mix used to power the cryptocurrency’s creation were getting to a level he could accept.

Musk also stated that Tesla, SpaceX and himself personally all own Bitcoin. He also noted that he also holds Ethereum (ETH) and Dogecoin (DOGE) – an announcement that saw a swift rise in prices for both cryptocurrencies.

Ethereum has broken above $2,000 for the first time since July 14 and is currently changing hands around that mark, while Dogecoin is also up around six per cent to $0.19. Others, including Cardano, are also in the green today.

There have been mixed feelings about Musk’s contribution to crypto over the past few months, with many now wary of putting so much reliance on a man whose words have proven bombastic over the years. Do his views still hold such weight that the price can recover to its recent highs? It remains to be seen, but it will simply be pleasing enough for many that Bitcoin is becoming more environmentally friendly.

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The Bitcoin economy

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Total crypto market cap

The total capitalisation of the entire cryptocurrency market at time of writing is currently $1,305,677,650,890.

What Bitcoin did yesterday

We closed yesterday, July 21 2021, at a price of $32,110.69, up from $29,807.35, the day before.

The daily high yesterday was $32,752.33 and the daily low was $$29,526.18.

This time last year, the price of Bitcoin closed the day at $9,525.36. In 2019, it closed at $10,343.11.

Bitcoin market capitalisation

Bitcoin’s market capitalisation at time of writing is $600.79 billion. To put it into context, the market cap of gold is $11.445 trillion and Facebook is $981.72 billion.

Bitcoin volume

The total spot trading volume reported by all exchanges over the last 24 hours was $26,309,040,191, up from $21,985,998,926 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 55.94%.

Fear and Greed Index

Market sentiment today is 21.

Bitcoin’s market dominance

Bitcoin’s market dominance today is 46.34, Its lowest ever recorded dominance was 37.09 on January 8 2018.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The daily RSI is currently 46.01. 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

“It looks like Bitcoin is shifting a lot more toward renewables and a bunch of the heavy-duty coal plants that were being used…have been shut down, especially in China. I want to do a little more due diligence to confirm that the percentage of renewable energy usage is most likely at or above 50% and that there is a trend toward increasing that number. If so, Tesla will most likely resume accepting Bitcoin.”

– Elon Musk speaking at The B-Word conference, an event hosted by the Crypto Council for Innovation.

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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