Shiba Inu is now a top-20 cryptocurrency with price soaring 300% in one week

The run-up in the price of Shiba Inu (SHIB) so far in October pushed the SHIB token to become the 20th largest digital asset by market capitalization.

Shiba Inu’s circulating market valuation jumped to $11.08 billion earlier this week and is currently above $10 billion, putting it in the top-20 by market cap for the first time. As a result, the Dogecoin-inspired meme cryptocurrency became more valuable than popular blockchain projects like Stellar (XLM), Polygon (MATIC), and Tron (TRX).

The growth in Shiba Inu’s valuation came on the heels of a tweet published by Elon Musk. On Oct 4, the Tesla CEO posted the picture of his pet dog—a Shiba Inu breed—with the caption “Floki Frunkpuppy.” SHIB jumped by more than 40% an hour after the tweet.

Crypto speculators tend to read too much into Musk’s tweets. For example, the billionaire entrepreneur was instrumental in pushing Dogecoin (DOGE) price higher earlier in 2021 via Twitter.

SHIB price surged by almost 400% a week after opening the fourth quarter of 2021 at $0.00000725. In doing so, the token retested its five-month high of $0.00003528 on Oct 7.

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