Categories: Crypto News

Ethereum Leads Crypto Surge, Eyes ETF Approval and 40% Gain


  • The cryptocurrency market cap has stabilized at $2 trillion, with Ethereum leading altcoin growth by rising 2.5%, while Bitcoin slightly declines.
  • Speculation around the approval of spot Ethereum ETFs is driving investor interest, with Ethereum showing a remarkable 40% increase in the last 30 days.
  • Institutional interest in cryptocurrencies is significant, highlighted by Coinbase's custody service accumulating over $36 billion in BTC and the anticipated SEC approval of Ethereum ETFs by May 2024.
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The cryptocurrency market, mirroring global trends, has reached a notable milestone with a total market cap stabilizing at $2 trillion (R38.54 trillion), marking a 0.8% increase. Altcoins, led by Ethereum, are at the forefront of this growth, outperforming Bitcoin which saw a slight decline of 0.5% over the last 24 hours. Ethereum, in contrast, has seen a substantial rise of 2.5%, indicating a stronger investor confidence in its potential.

BNB and Ethereum Fuel Altcoin Resurgence

BNB’s value has risen by just under 2%, highlighting a renewed interest in cryptocurrency trading within the South African market. However, XRP and Cardano experienced a 1% decrease, slightly pulling back the overall market momentum.

Institutional investors have shown a preference for Bitcoin and Ethereum, with the latter becoming a focal point due to speculation around the approval of spot Ethereum Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). This speculation has led to a cautious approach from Bitcoin speculators, who are securing profits after previous rallies attributed to similar expectations.

Ethereum’s Market Sensitivity and Growth

Ethereum’s market cap, though smaller than Bitcoin’s—which is three times larger—makes it more susceptible to sentiment-driven fluctuations. Remarkably, Ethereum has surged 40% in the last 30 days, outperforming all other major cryptocurrencies.

Institutional Interest and Regulatory Developments

About 90% of bitcoins purchased by spot ETFs have been allocated to Coinbase’s custody service, accumulating over $36 billion (approximately R693.72 billion) in BTC, according to CEO Brian Armstrong. This indicates a significant institutional interest in bitcoin as a reliable asset.

Should the US SEC delay the approval of a spot Ethereum ETF until mid-2025, the expectation remains for a decision by May 2024, as per attorney Scott Jonsson. This anticipation is supported by Bloomberg analyst James Seyffarth and S&P Ratings, who project a quicker approval process for Ethereum ETF applications based on the precedent set by Bitcoin ETFs.

Compliance and NFT Growth

Binance’s $4.3 billion (approximately R82.86 billion) settlement with the US Department of Justice, requiring compliance with US laws, and the explosive growth of NFT sales on the Solana network, surpassing $5 billion (approximately R96.35 billion), reflect the expanding digital asset ecosystem.

Reddit’s Cryptocurrency Investment

Reddit’s decision to invest surplus funds in Bitcoin and Ethereum since 2022 underscores the growing acceptance and integration of cryptocurrencies into mainstream investment strategies, a trend that South Africa’s crypto enthusiasts are keenly observing.

The dynamics within the cryptocurrency market, particularly Ethereum’s performance and the speculative anticipation around regulatory approvals, highlight a pivotal period for investors and the broader financial landscape in South Africa.


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Nonhlanhla P Dube is a senior news reporter. Nonhlanhla is a student of International Relations at the University of South Africa. She reports primarily on personal finance and economics. You can contact her on: Email: