Morning Coinheads. The riskiest component of your risky portfolio of spray-and-pray risk assets should be looking in better shape this morning. That’d be crypto.

And that’s because of two Yanks, one of who goes by the title and name of POTUS Joe Biden, the other House Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Debt Ceiling Crisis number 79 (since 1917) looks like being MIRACULOUSLY averted (jeez, phew, eh?) thanks to Democrats and Republicans reaching some sort of begrudging “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” tentative deal. Erm, in principle.

Anyway, the markets have responded favourably to this news for now, with Wall Street surging higher late, late Friday (AEST) and the ASX looking like it’s about to have a decent day, too.

“Under the expected deal, the debt limit increase will last 2 years, with defence and renewable energy to get the most funding,” reports Eddy “Catches the Worm” Sunarto in his morning Market Highlights wrap.

Let’s check in with the price action in the crypto majors and minors, then…


Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at US$1.22 trillion, up about 4% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

Sea of green. Let the “god candles commence?” Well, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, as it remains to be seen what ramifications this could have on market liquidity longer term, never mind the US inflation-combatting narrative, but the bulls are happy right now…


Uppers and downers

Some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time. (Stats accurate at time of publishing, based on data.)

PUMPERS (11-100 market cap position)

Injective (INJ), (market cap: US$577 million) +13%

 Axie Infinity (AXS), (market cap: US$733 million) +11%

GGTKN (GGTKN), (market cap: US$1.33 billion) +8%

Lido DAO (LDO), (market cap: US$1.85 billion) +7%

GMX (GMX), (market cap: US$508 million) +6%


PUMPERS (lower, lower caps)

Lybra Finance (LBR), (market cap: US$27 million) +48%

Multichain (MULTI), (market cap: US$91 million) +42%

• TomoChain (TOMO), (market cap: US$162 million) +27%

• ORDI (ORDI), (market cap: US$209 million) +26%

• Akash Network (AKT), (market cap: US$129 million) +25%



Pepe (PEPE), (market cap: US$632 million) -2%

Toncoin (TON), (mc: US$2.83 billion) -1%


SLUMPERS (lower, lower caps)

Firmachain (FCT), (market cap: US$31 million) -14%

Efinity (EFI), (market cap: US$33 million) -13%

Samoyedcoin (SAMO), (market cap: US$18 million) -8%


Around the blocks: Shaq is dunked on

Some pertinence and randomness that stuck with us on our morning moves through the Crypto Twitterverse.

Legal reps for a group of investors who seem to think they’ve been slam dunked by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s involvement as a promoter of the FTX crypto exchange and a failed NFT project Astrals, have finally tracked down and served their lawsuits to the big bloke.

Shaq had managed to avoid them for months in an unlikely game of tiny cat and gigantic, 7ft 1 mouse. The legal process servers had reportedly literally thrown their papers at his presumably oversized car a few weeks ago, as he sped away.

But, during Game 4 of the Boston Celtics v Miami Heat playoff series, the eager legal beavers managed to sneak their way into where the Lakers and Heat legend was broadcasting for ESPN and film themselves deftly passing him the documents through a sea of defenders.

All this perhaps partly explains why the big fella came down to Australia not so long ago to appear in a series of commercials for a betting company, featuring the line: “Shaqodile Dundee”. Not that he’s exactly struggling, but perhaps he needed the extra funding to help fend/block this pesky legal crypto layup.

Meanwhile, is this jammy bloke the living embodiment of still-not-dead Bitcoin? Or just someone who’s really, really fizzing for a pint? Answer: both.