This week in markets: Bitcoin holds on to $23,000 as crypto stocks move upside!
After a rally above $23,800, bitcoin bounced back from a temporary drop below $22,600 earlier in the week, to level out just over $23,000 today for a small 1.6% weekly gain. Ethereum dropped nearly 5.2% over the week, trading at $1,576.
Cryptocurrencies Floki Inu (FLOKI) and Aptos (APT) were in the green in recent days. APT surged with a 65.5% weekly gain. Meanwhile, the Floki Inu community approved a proposal to burn $55 million in FLOKI tokens resulting in a 67.36% weekly gain.
BNB and Polygon’s Matic, saw weekly gains of 0.5% and 11.23% respectively, while XRP fell by 1%.
Crypto stocks and structured products
Silvergate shares slid from a momentary spike last Tuesday to $13.57 after the company shared Friday it had suspended a preferred stock dividend. Despite that drop, Silvergate shares still closed the week with a 10% gain.
Coinbase shares were up nearly 22%, while MicroStrategy rose just over 15% and Jack Dorsey’s Block gained 17%.
In structured products, GTBC gained 7.5%, while ETHE fell 0.67% over th
The Federal Reserve is on deck this week, with an anticipated quarter-point interest rate hike coming on Wednesday. Officials in November increased the federal funds rate by 75 basis points to 3.75–4%, a 15-year high.
For the U.S. economy, growth narrowly surpassed a fourth-quarter estimate of 2.8%, with a 2.9% expansion in the final months of 2022, driven by consumer and federal spending.
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