Bitcoin jumps 5% as El Salvador braces for crypto law, $30 e-Wallet airdrop

Rose for a third straight day after El Salvador announced the date it would officiate the crypto as legal tender and gift everyone $30 via an e-wallet.

The world’s most valuable crypto is currently up over 5% on a 24-hour basis and is changing hands for around $34,294, according to CoinDesk 20 data. Most other in the top 20 by market value are up between 2-17% over the same 24-hour period with Dogecoin posting the strongest daily gains.

Despite being rangebound between $30,000 and $41,000, the jump in bitcoin (BTC, +3.4%)‘s price coincides with announcements made by El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, who spoke during a national address on Thursday evening.

Bukele told his country’s citizens they would be able to receive a gratuitous $30 in bitcoin once they sign up to the Chivo e-wallet using facial recognition. The president also said his country’s controversial bitcoin law would come into effect on Sept 7.

Though the case may be presented as a major boon for bitcoin in the short-term, long-term shadows, such as China’s anti-crypto crackdowns and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s hawkish tilt toward interest rates, continue to linger.

Meanwhile, traditional markets, which have oftentimes correlated with bitcoin’s price moves, posted stronger gains over positive news between a bipartisan Senate group, comprising five Republicans and five Democrats and U.S. President Joe Biden.

The parties reached a tentative agreement on Thursday over a $579 million infrastructure plan, after weeks of negotiations, which helped drive U.S. stocks in building and equipment companies such as Caterpillar Inc., on news of the deal.

U.S. stock markets closed in the green on Thursday while Asia’s were all posting positive results by press time on Friday with the exception of Laos and Pakistan.

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