Bitcoin jumped 9% on Monday amid rumors about Amazon, breaking through the round $40,000 mark at the end of the day.
Altcoins from the top ten rose more moderately — from 1.8% (Binance Coin) to 6.2% (Dogecoin).
Earlier, the publication City A.M., citing an insider, reported that the e-commerce giant Amazon plans to add support for bitcoin payments by the end of 2021.
According to the source, this will be the first step in realizing the company's ambitions in the field of digital assets — in the future, it allegedly plans to add "about eight of the most popular cryptocurrencies".
The sharp growth of bitcoin, at least in part, was caused by the liquidation of short positions, the holders of which were forced to buy cryptocurrency and thus pushed the market up. After a jump above $39,000, crypto exchanges liquidated traders ' positions totaling almost $900 million.
Meanwhile, according to Zero Hedge, Amazon has denied rumors that it is preparing to accept bitcoin by the end of this year, but promised to continue studying digital assets.
On Monday, Tesla published its financial report for the second quarter. Contrary to optimistic expectations, the company did not increase its position in bitcoin, but it did not cut it either. Tesla continues to hold about $1.3 billion in cryptocurrency, after it liquidated part of the position in the first quarter.