- Dogecoin’s rise extended Friday as the crypto-themed subreddit SatoshiStreetBets fueled a further rally.
- Bitcoin too climbed 15% on the same day after Elon Musk changed his Twitter bio to include it.
- Robinhood temporarily restricted crypto trading on its platform due to “extraordinary market conditions.”
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The Reddit-inspired market mania sent the price of meme-based digital asset Dogecoin soaring on Friday, which catapulted the token into the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.
Dogecoin jumped over 600% in the last 24 hours to a trading point of $0.0779 in early European trading. That pushed its market value to about $9 billion, ranking it at seven among cryptocurrencies, according to data from Coin Gecko.
Crypto rival Bitcoin also climbed 15% on the same day after Elon Musk changed his Twitter bio to simply say: “#bitcoin.” Prior to that, Musk touted Dogecoin by posting a mock magazine cover of “Dogue” – a play on the fashion title Vogue. The billionaire has previously referred to it as his favorite cryptocurrency.
A crypto-themed version of the Wall Street Bets forum has been attempting to push the digital token higher to make money. By creating a hype around the coin, the SatoshiStreetBets subreddit is aiming for a $1 price target for Dogecoin.
The recent frenzy led online brokerage Robinhood to restrict crypto trading temporarily. “Due to extraordinary market conditions, we’ve temporarily turned off instant buying power for crypto,” a Robinhood spokesperson told CNBC. “Customers can still use settled funds to buy crypto. We’ll keep monitoring market conditions and communicating with our customers.”