It’s the US Federal Reserve’s latest rate-hiking announcement day*, and you can likely cut the tension on Wall Street with a recently price-inflated knife. You pretty much can on Crypto Twitter.

Not that new Twitter owner Elon Musk necessarily cares one way or another. He presently seems more concerned with stirring up debate about the value of ape-themed NFTs…

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s profile pic often causes a bit of intrigue, and his new one – a collage of Bored Ape Yacht Club images – has certainly got the NFT world buzzing. (Update: he’s actually already changed it to something else since this was first published.)

While the floor price of BAYC NFTs surged by as much as an extra 13 ETH (about US$28,500) on the news, indicating some sort of validation from Musk, many actually view it as a typical bit of trolling from the world’s most loaded bloke.

Prominent NFT advocate, creator and American internet entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk suggested Musk doesn’t exactly have his “finger on the pulse” when it comes to non-fungible tokens, which seems about right…

Meanwhile Michael Bouhanna, co-head of digital art at Sotheby’s, responded to Musk’s new profile pic reveal with his own Twitter post. He politely asked the Tesla CEO to delete the avatar, which he actually designed for a Sotheby’s sale, inferring the multi-billionaire doesn’t have ownership of the NFTs.

The BAYC floor price right now is sitting just under 120 ETH (about $US339k). Earlier in the day it was “languishing” around the 107 ETH mark (about US$306.4k).

And the Bored Ape ecosystem governance and utility token ApeCoin (APE)? It spiked on the news, too, with a quick 20% hourly burst, settling back down again almost as quickly thereafter. It’s still up a few percentage points over the past 24 hours at the time of writing.


Top 10 overview: plus news just in from the Fed

With the overall crypto market cap at roughly US$1.9 trillion, up about 5.8% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

Sorry for the cliché, but looking through the crypto majors hours before the Fed announcement, which is when this article was first published, we gave it the old calm-before-the-storm quick-take analysis.

* But fresh news just in… Fed chair Jerome Powell has delivered a somewhat “dovish” speech to the press in Washington, summarising the decisions made at the two-day FOMC meeting. Here’s the hot take from CNBC’s Scott Wapner…

So, the 50 basis points rate hike just about everyone and their DOGE was expecting, has come to pass. And the never-resting crypto market is reacting favourably so far as we type.

Crypto’s go-to sentiment indicator, the Fear & Greed Index (below) might even be touching a different shade of citrus tomorrow if this keeps up.

As for Cardano (ADA), it’s a bit of a polarising layer 1 project (many tribal ETH Heads seem to hate it), but it’s rebounding the hardest in the top 10 right now (+13.5%) after a steady decline over the past month.


Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$17.9 billion to about US$923 million in the rest of the top 100, let’s find some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time.


• Curve DAO Token (CRV), (market cap: US$948 million) 11%

• Zilliqa (ZIL), (mc: US$1.1 billion) +11%

• Frax Share (FXS), (mc: US$1.65 billion) +9%

• Waves (WAVES), (mc: US$1.37 billion) +8%

• TRON (TRX), (mc: US$7.78 billion) +7%



• STEPN (GMT), (mc: US$1.95 billion) -5%

• IOTA (MIOTA), (mc: US$1.44 billion) -4%

• NEXO (NEXO), (mc: US$1.2 billion) -3%

• Maker (MKR), (mc: US$1.28 million) -2%

• Axie Infinity (AXS), (mc: US$2.3 billion) -2%


Uppers and downers: lower caps

Moving below the crypto unicorns (in some cases well below), here’s just a selection catching our eye…


• Silent Notary (UBSN), (market cap: US$61 million) +39%

• Step App (FITFI), (mc: US$154m) +31%

X2Y2 (X2Y2), (mc: US$80m) +20%

• Injective Protocol (INJ), (mc: US$242m) +19%

Everdome (DOME), (mc: US$446m) +19%



 Pluton (PLU), (mc: US$17m) -18%

Vertcoin (VTC), (mc: US$18m) -15%

Tidal Finance (TIDAL), (mc: US$6m) -12%

 Kyber Network Crystal (KNC), (mc: US$344m) -11%

Ethereum Name Service (ENS), (mc: US$532m) -10%


Around the blocks

Still holding onto a selection of altcoin bags with white knuckles at this point? Here’s some mild hopium from experienced crypto trader and analyst Michaël van de Poppe…

On the other altcoin-HODLing hand, here’s a sobering reminder from nuclear engineer turned “crypto quant”/data analyst Benjamin Cowen…

And a slightly different, opportunist trader’s take from the popular Crypto Twitter account belonging to Ryan “Cantering” Clark…