Bitcoin price hits $46,794 as altcoins, stocks rally to new highs

Bitcoin price hit a new all-time high at $46,794 on the same day Tesla revealed its $1.5 billion investment into BTC and stock markets rallied to new highs.

On Feb. 8 Bitcoin (BTC) price broke out to a new all-time high at $46,794 after documents from Tesla revealed that the company had allocated 7.7% of its gross cash position to BTC. The purchase gives Tesla a sizable $1.5 billion position in the top-ranked digital asset. 

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows Bitcoin is currently up by 18.5% and trading near $46,000. Meanwhile, the majority of altcoins and DeFi tokens have also surged to notch double-digit gains for the day.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

While some analysts are speculating on which large company will be the next to jump on the Bitcoin train, Royal Bank of Canada Dominion Securities analyst Paul Steves thinks that Apple will be the next institutional player to join the trend.

According to Steves, if Apple were to launch a crypto exchange or buy Bitcoin, it could lead to an estimated $40 billion in annual revenue.

Bitcoin’s bullish price action came at a crucial time as the digital asset had seen a decline in overall sentiment in recent days as the price struggled to break above the $38,000 level.

BTC price vs. 30-day avg. sentiment score. Source: TheTIE

Dogecoin (DOGE) also broke out as bulls pushed the popular meme coin to a new all-time high at $0.0839. This move came shortly after Mark Cuban gave a nod of approval by calling the altcoin the “best entertainment bang for your buck available” in the crypto market.

Cardano (ADA) price rose to a new mulit-year high at $0.72, an increase of 100% since Feb. 1, after the successful testnet implementation of smart contracts and the potential of future DeFi integration boosted investors’ outlook for the project.

Traditional markets rise on anticipated stimulus payments

Investor optimism involving the possibility of a new round of stimulus from the U.S. government, including direct payments of $1,400 and a tax credit of $3,000 per child, helped bolster the traditional markets on Monday.

The S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ all established new record highs, closing the day up 0.74%, 0.76% and 0.94% respectively. The past six trading days have marked the longest winning streak for the S&P 500 since August 2020, and the Dow has experienced its best start to February since 1931, rising 4.7% so far this month.

Altcoins also benefited from BTC bullish momentum and many rallied by double-digits and standouts like Terra (LUNA) and BitTorrent gained in excess of 100%.

Polkadot (DOT) rallied 20.23% to a new high at $23.27, while Elrond (EGLD) gained 40.7% in the last 24-hours to establish a new all-time high at $191.73. Theta (THETA) also rallied 25.55% to set a new high at $2.86.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.32 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 62.9%.

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