Cryptocurrency ether rises to new record high over $3,600

Crypto currency ether rises to new record high
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<p><body> <p>(Reuters) -Ether, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin, on Thursday extended a breakaway rally to a new record high of $3,616.10, gathering momentum as investors diverted focus from its main rival. </p> <p>On the Bitstamp Exchange ether was last up about 4.0% at $3,568.92. Bitcoin was down 0.3% at $57,353.03 and about 11% below its record intraday high at $64,895.22 set on April 14. </p> <p>Ether, the token traded over the ethereum blockchain, topped $3,000 for the first time on Monday. It is up more than 385% this year, compared with 96% for bitcoin. </p> <p>The rise is in part a spillover from flows into bitcoin, which has grown in stature as big-name investors from Elon Musk’s carmaker Tesla Inc to Wall Street investor Stanley Druckenmiller bought in.</p> <p>“Ethereum has been able to maintain its positive momentum, a crushing series of all-time highs in the past week,” said Konstantin Anissimov, executive director at cryptocurrency exchange <span class="caps">CEX</span>.IO.</p> <p>“The current all-time high has reignited the ambitious sentiment that ethereum may eventually flippen (supplant) bitcoin by market capitalization in the near future.” </p> <p>Also, a technical adjustment called <span class="caps">EIP</span> (ethereum improvement proposal) 1559, expected to reduce the supply of ethereum and go live in July, has provided a lift for the digital currency.</p> <p>Still, there is a speculative frenzy going on in the asset class. Joke cryptocurrency dogecoin is up by 24,000% over the last 12 months and is now the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.</p> <p> (Reporting by Alden Bentley and Gertrude Chavez in New YorkEditing by Matthew Lewis)</p> </body></p>