SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency ether extended gains to another record peak on Tuesday, after breaking above $3,000 for the first time a day earlier as investors bet on its growing utility.
Early in Asia trade it traded as high as $3,457.64 on the bitstamp exchange, for a session rise of about 17%.
Traders have attributed the gains – which amount to some 365% for the year to date – to a catch up on bitcoin’s late 2020 leap and as upgrades to the ethereum blockchain make it more useful.
The ether/bitcoin cross rate stood at its highest in more than two-and-a-half years on Tuesday while bitcoin was steady at $57,295.
Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Kim Coghill