Cryptocurrency

A weekend of widespread gains saw Bitcoin top $51,000, Ethereum close on $4,000 and XRP also surge.

Smart contract blockchain platform Ethereum, whose ETH token is the world’s second most valuable crypto, rose from $3,800 on Friday morning to around £3,930 at the time of writing (7am UK).

It is 24% up on its price last Monday.

Market leader Bitcoin (BTC) is closing on $52,000 from its position of $49,500 three days ago and 8% up over seven days.

Ripple’s XRP coin has topped the high water mark from a couple of weeks ago to reach $1.32. It is 17% up in a week.

Binance Coin (BNB), which was at $486 on Friday, also performed. It is a few cents short of $500 and 5% up over seven days.

The record run of Solana, which recently overtook Dogecoin as the world’s seventh most valuable cryptocurrency, continues.

SOL – which was worth $1.84 at the start of the year – is at $142.48, up $5 since Friday and 45% in a week.

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Meme coin Dogecoin (DOGE) has risen back above 31c and is 11% up over seven days.

Cardano (ADA), the third most valuable crypto, was one of a handful of the top 100 coins to lose value since Friday.

The proof-of-stake blockchain platform was above $3 last Thursday but has since fallen to $2.89. However it remains 2% up in a week.

Polkadot (DOT), which was at $33.02 on Friday, is at $34.28 after weekend gains. It is 36% up in a week.

The cryptocurrency market is now worth $2.34 trillion, with the 11,600 coins climbing 3.6% in the last 24 hours alone.

To see how the valuations of the biggest movers and shakers – and main coins – have changed over the last few days, click here.

For valuations of the top 250 coins by market cap (updated every 15 minutes), their market cap plus 24-hour price change and volume traded, see below. 

Cryptocurrency