Bitcoin topped $24,000 briefly on Friday, posting its best monthly performance in nine months as it continued to follow risk assets higher.
The world’s largest digital currency reached $24,412 earlier Friday, hitting a six-week high, according to CoinDesk data, its highest level in more than six weeks. Bitcoin has since pared some of those gains and sat just below $24,000 by the end of the session.
The cryptocurrency rallied 4.8% this week, and it ended July up 26.8% for its best month since October and the first positive month in four.
Moves in cryptocurrencies have traded broadly in line with U.S. stocks of late, in particular tracking the tech-heavy Nasdaq, which has jumped sharply in the last two days.
Other cryptocurrencies including ether were sharply higher on Friday.
“Overall, I think markets have reacted positively to the Fed’s comments and arguably have priced in most of the rate hikes,” Vijay Ayyar, vice president of corporate development and international at crypto exchange Luno, told CNBC via text message.
“There seems to be a lot of liquidity sitting on the sidelines, which is now coming in based on the last few months of consolidation/downward pressure, that is now easing up,” he added.