Elon Musk’s favorite meme coin, , today hit highs of $0.045, up from $0.027, the price at which it had sat for most of the day. But its peak was brief; the price has since fallen to $0.036.
Coinciding with the surge is the hashtag #DogecoinArmy, which is trending in several countries including Pakistan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The trending hashtag follows days of organised effort from Doge investors on Reddit.
— Usman Chaudhary #Dogecoinarmy (@ChaudharyUsman_) January 31, 2021
Dogecoin’s price jumped from around $0.01 to over $0.04 overnight on January 28.
Dogecoin: The bigger picture
The move to coordinated trading efforts to pump the price was similar to the GameStop-style meme success from r/WallStreetBets this week.
On r/WallStreetBets, grassroots investors conspired to frantically buy GameStop’s shares to push up its stock prices, forcing hedge funds to buy up even more.
Today’s surge is the continuation of the Dogecoin hype that started earlier this week. But that hype was sharply interrupted when Dogecoin fell by 39.74% in the past 24 hours.
— Mickey Valdez (@mickeylicious) January 31, 2021
Dogecoin started out as a ‘meme coin’ intended to poke fun at knockoffs, but the coin is so popular that its market capitalization is $9.3 billion, making it the 14th largest cryptocurrency by market cap, according to metrics site CoinMarketCap.
Some are so infatuated with it that they lash out at its co-creator, Billy Markus, even though he no longer holds any Dogecoin.