First Mover Americas: It's a DOGE Day as Elon Musk Close to Completing Twitter Deal

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Price Point

Bitcoin (BTC) was trading at around $20,500 on Thursday, down slightly, while popular meme token dogecoin (DOGE) took the center stage as billionaire and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter (TWTR) approached the finish line.

Dogecoin was up 12% over the past 24 hours. Musk has been a major supporter of dogecoin, although he is being sued by a dogecoin investor for allegedly running a pyramid scheme with the coin.

Dogecoin’s move up follows bitcoin’s rally on Wednesday when it briefly touched the $21,000 mark, reaching its highest point in over a month. Ether (ETH) also reached monthly highs.

Altcoins appeared to be outperforming bitcoin on Thursday with Cosmos' ATOM up 5% and Uniswap’s UNI and Huobi’s token each up by 3%.

In traditional markets, European stocks slipped while traders prepared for another European Central Bank rate hike. U.S. futures wavered before the release of U.S gross domestic product figures for the third quarter.

Meta Platforms’ (META) shares fell around 20% during off-hours trading after the Facebook parent registered a second consecutive quarterly revenue decline.

CoinDesk Market Index

Biggest Gainers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Augur REP +5.34% Culture & Entertainment
Quant QNT +2.0% Currency
Ribbon Finance RBN +1.63% DeFi

Biggest Losers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Samoyedcoin SAMO -16.3% Currency
Optimism OP -15.98% Smart Contract Platform
Dogecoin DOGE -11.95% Currency

Sector classifications are provided via the Digital Asset Classification Standard (DACS), developed by CoinDesk Indices to provide a reliable, comprehensive and standardized classification system for digital assets. The CoinDesk Market Index (CMI) is a broad-based index designed to measure the market capitalization weighted performance of the digital asset market subject to minimum trading and exchange eligibility requirements.

Chart of the Day

(TradingView, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
  • The upper chart shows the spread between yields on the 10-year and three-month Treasury notes, going back over 20 years. The lower table shows the timeline of the Federal Reserve's previous interest rate hike cycles.
  • The yield spread has turned negative for the first time since March 2020, hinting at an economic recession ahead.
  • The Fed's previous tightening cycles ended with the spread turning negative, as evident from the vertical lines on the upper chart.
  • If history is a guide, the Fed could soon halt rate hikes, offering relief to cryptocurrencies.