Ethereum and Bitcoin coins.
Ether, the digital token of the Ethereum blockchain, notched a new all-time high of $1,476 early Monday morning. The cryptocurrency climbed 6.2% to a price of $1,415 at about 9:15 a.m. ET.
Altcoins, or alternative cryptocurrencies, have been known to rally in times of strength for bitcoin. Ether’s latest price movement was attributed to increased use of Ethereum — its underlying network that is undergoing a major upgrade — and interest from institutional investors in crypto.
“Ethereum’s current rise cold shoulders the sceptics, many of whom were quick to denounce crypto when bitcoin recently fell from its $40,000 high,” said Simon Peters, cryptoasset analyst at online investment platform eToro.
“With a whole range of logistical improvements to the Ethereum network in the works, increased institutional inflows, and more and more developers building on the platform, the future is bright for Ethereum. I believe that a price of $2,500 by the end of the year is very feasible. As with all crypto, however, there will be bumps along the way.”
Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market value, has had a wild start to 2021. After quadrupling last year, bitcoin’s price briefly topped $40,000 for the first time on Jan. 7. It’s down 17% from its all-time high, but still up over 17% since the start of the year.