First Mover Americas: Bitcoin Busts Through $26K

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Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, is back trading above $26,000 for the second time this week, up 7.5% in the last 24 hours. The coin has been trading  between $24,000 and $26,700 over the past week. Investors who went away for a while are back and adding exposure to bitcoin, according to Alex Thorn, head of firmwide research at Galaxy Digital. “We expect to see significant demand as bitcoin moves further past $25,000,” Thorn wrote in a note. Ether is up 5.1% in the past 24 hours and up 20% over the last seven days.

Bankrupt lender Genesis has requested a May 22 deadline for creditors to say how much they are owed by the company and June 27 for an auction, according to bankruptcy court filings dated Thursday. Bidders considering buying Genesis would have to show interest by May 5. The sale would comprise lenders Genesis Global Capital and Genesis Asia Pacific, as well as Genesis Global Trading, the last of which hasn't filed for bankruptcy. All three fall under the umbrella of Digital Currency Group, a crypto conglomerate that also owns CoinDesk.

Tokens related to artificial intelligence have had a strong week with the Graph’s GRT up 30% and SingularityNET (AGIX) up 45%. AI-related tokens have rallied following ChatGPT’s release of its latest version of the technology that powers the popular chatbot tool. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, unveiled the release in a blog post on Tuesday, stating the latest version can pass a simulated bar exam with a score around the top 10% of test takers. SingularityNET is a decentralized AI marketplace running on blockchain, and The Graph is an open-sourced indexing protocol used to collect, process and store data from various blockchain applications.

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  • The chart shows ether's bitcoin denominated price (ETH/BTC) has declined to its lowest level since July.
  • Traders seems to be worried that Ethereum's impending Shanghai upgrade, which is set to open withdrawals of staked ether, could potentially create a significant supply overhang.
  • These fears are likely to keep sentiment in the ether market weak ahead of the upgrade, Bernstein said early this month, adding that actual increase in supply after the upgrade is likely to be negligible on a daily basis.

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