- The ethereum classic price (ETC) rallied 40% over the last 24 hours. ETC has more than doubled this week.
- ETC is now a top 10 cryptocurrency by market cap. An ETC futures product that launched this week catalyzed the price action.
- A recent technical upgrade is also a likely factor.
The ethereum classic price is riding high on Friday, as a crucial technical upgrade partnered with a dash of Binance leverage to launch the lesser-known altcoin into the stratosphere.
ETC zoomed as high as $10.11 on Thursday evening. That doubled the altcoin’s price for a 100% gain over $5.07 a week earlier.
The Asian and European sessions decisively breached resistance at the $9.50 level Friday. Another breakout at the $10.00 level sent the price spiraling higher. It blasted through $11.00, stopping just short of $12.00 by early Friday afternoon.
The parabolic price movements inaugurated ETC into the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. It leapfrogged several other cryptos along the way.
Binance Launches Ethereum Classic Futures
This week’s addition of an ethereum classic futures product to Binance has launched ETC’s price into orbit. The ETC futures are available with up to 75x leverage. Crypto derivatives traders are apparently using the leverage to go long!
Another likely, though less potent, factor in the sudden rally is the Agharta upgrade to the ETC implementation. The software upgrades were deployed via a non-contentious hard fork, and they make ETC more interoperable with its sister blockchain, Ethereum.
The Ethereum Classic Cooperative has had to warn against scammers who have tried to offer “Agharta coins.” The scammers are fraudulently claiming Sunday’s fork created a new cryptocurrency. The scheme’s website says, “Make ethereum classic great again!”
It’s Altcoin Season for BTC and ETH Forks
Bitcoin and ethereum have posted considerable gains in January. The cryptocurrency industry’s two biggest blue-chip coins continue to rally from mid-December lows. But as far as parabolic crypto price surges go, it’s altcoin season.
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This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.