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Dogecoin spikes after Elon Musk says he'll keep buying the cryptocurrency

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  • Elon Musk said he would keep supporting Dogecoin, sending its price up by nearly 10%.
  • Like many cryptocurrencies the coin has lost most of its value this year following a huge selloff.
  • Bitcoin and Ethereum remained volatile after big losses on Saturday. 
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Dogecoin jumped nearly 10% off near-record lows on Sunday after Elon Musk said he would continue to buy the cryptocurrency.

The coin rose about 8.5% in the space of 24 hours after Musk tweeted: "I will keep supporting Dogecoin."

In response to another user telling Musk to "keep buying it then," he replied: "I am."

Musk's tweets caused the cryptocurrency to spike nearly 10% in the space of an hour to $0.056, helping to compensate for heavy declines over the past month. 

It has aligned with a rebound in other cryptocurrencies as they struggle following significant losses.

After a record 12-day losing streak, Bitcoin was trading at about $18,300 on Sunday after sliding under $20,000 on Saturday, according to CoinDesk. It had been as low as $17,600.

Ethereum fell as low as $880 before rising to trade at about $965, according to CoinDesk.

The rises represent a fraction of the losses given up by cryptos this year, with Bitcoin down 70% and Ethereum down about three quarters this year. Dogecoin is down by two thirds.

Dogecoin was started by its creators as a joke, but has gained fans since Musk began to champion the coin in 2019.

The makers of Dogecoin told Decrypt last year they were working with Musk to make the coin a cheaper, greener alternative to bitcoin.

Its price has never recovered from a Saturday Night Live appearance in May 2021 where Musk jokingly labelled the coin a "hustle," sending it from record highs of $0.72 to $0.33 in a week. The currency also rallied after news first broke of Musk's plan to buy Twitter in a $44 billion deal.

Musk was this week sued for nearly $260 billion by a Dogecoin investor for allegedly running a "pyramid scheme", by pretending the coin has any sort of value to drive up its price.

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