Bitcoin jumped as much as 14 percent on Friday to a two-week high after Tesla chief Elon Musk tagged the cryptocurrency in his Twitter biography.
Musk wrote simply "#bitcoin" in his biography on the social media site. The world's biggest cryptocurrency was up 10.2 percent at $36,901 (roughly Rs. 26.9 lakhs) as of 10:05 GMT (3:35pm IST) .
The billionaire entrepreneur, followed by 43.8 million users on Twitter, has a record of making market-moving comments on the site.
GameStop, which has been at the centre of retail trading frenzy, surged 50 percent on Tuesday after Musk tweeted "Gamestonk!!", along with a link to the Reddit Wallstreetbets stock trading discussion group. There, supporters affectionately refer to him as "Papa Musk."
"Stonks" is a tongue-in-cheek term for stocks widely used on social media.
Bitcoin jumped over 300 percent last year, as bigger US investors and corporations sought exposure to the cryptocurrency. It touched an all-time high of $42,000 (roughly Rs. 30.6 lakhs) last month.
"That would be a very big deal," said Christopher Bendiksen of digital asset manager CoinShares on Friday.
Traders also cited positive comments on Bitcoin by hedge fund manager Ray Dalio as supporting sentiment.
The Bridgewater Associates founder wrote on Thursday that the cryptocurrency was "one hell of an invention," adding that he viewed it as a "gold-like alternative asset."
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