The top two cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, bitcoin and ether, have continued their respective rallies, setting fresh record highs today.

Soon before press time, the price of 1 BTC had set a new record of $8,470.73.

Having traded more or less sideways since Monday, prices started to lift at 07:00 UTC, setting the new all-time high at 09:43, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index.

Bitcoin started the session today at $8,201, and is up 2.85 percent for the session. According to CoinMarketCap, bitcoin has risen 11.97 percent over 24 hours, and 39.25 percent for the week.

The sharp gains come as the combined market capitalization for all cryptocurrencies also peaks at new highs – currently standing at $267.6 billion. Bitcoin’s market cap is now over $141 billion.

 

Chart via CoinMarketCap

Elsewhere in the cryptocurrency markets, ether also continues to set new highs.

The native token of the ethereum project soared to $485.19 around 01:30 UTC this morning. Currently the token stands at $464, up 12 percent for the day and 39 percent for the last 7 days, also according to CoinMarketCap data.

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