Bitcoin retains $65K after Elon Musk sell-off sees BTC pass Tesla market cap

BTC price action remains strong after overnight bullishness proves its staying power.

Bitcoin (BTC) held $65,000 during Nov. 8 as major gains seemed unfazed by Tesla (TSLA) stock losing 5% at the Wall Street open. 

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Bitcoin beats Tesla by market cap

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD down around $900 at $65,500 after hitting highs of $66,433 on Bitstamp.

Overnight success was tapered by the news that Tesla CEO Elon Musk would sell 10% of his Tesla holdings — worth around $23 billion — simply because Twitter users voted for him to do so.

TSLA 1-hour candle chart. Source: TradingView

Markets reacted cautiously, with TSLA initially opening at $1,150 after closing Nov. 5 at $1,221 before a modest recovery ensued. 

Aside from being nine months to the day that Tesla purchased $1.5 billion of Bitcoin for its balance sheet, the move from Musk produced an unintended consequence — Bitcoin passed Tesla by market cap.

Company market cap rankings as of Nov. 8. Source:

“If the goal is diversification, an alternate strategy to consider is converting the TSLA balance sheet to a Bitcoin Standard and purchasing $25 billion in BTC,” Michael Saylor, CEO of MicroStrategy, meanwhile responded to Musk’s decision.

“That would deliver diversification, inflation protection, & more upside for all investors in a tax efficient manner.”

It remains unclear what Musk will do with the proceeds of the stock sale, which he says will be his only taxable event as he receives no salary from Tesla.

Crypto market cap copies Ethereum all-time highs 

Major altcoins, meanwhile, were dominated by new all-time highs for Ether (ETH) while other tokens saw flat daily progress.

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ETH/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

The largest altcoin by market cap hit $4,768 while other tokens saw flat daily progress, helping propel the overall crypto market cap beyond $3 trillion for the first time.

By comparison, the cap in November last year was just $400 billion.

“$3 trillion is still not much compared to other markets,” Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe meanwhile argued.

“The real acceleration of this cycle is still ready to come.”

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