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Litecoin prices have surged over the last week, rising more than 60% since hitting a low over the weekend.


The alternative protocol asset (altcoin) rallied as it benefited from several different factors, including anticipation surrounding a pending hard fork and steadily improving market sentiment.

The digital currency, which has frequently been described as the silver to Bitcoin’s gold, rose to as much as $237.88 on February 14, a 66.8% increase over the weekly low, CoinMarketCap figures show.


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The altcoin experienced some volatility over the last few days, climbing to as much as $236.09 today, additional CoinMarketCap data reveals.


At this level, Litecoin was up more than 65% over the recent low of $142.61 it hit on February 11.

Hard Fork

When explaining Litecoin’s recent gains, market observers have repeatedly pointed to the upcoming hard fork that will result in a new digital currency called Litecoin Cash.

When the fork takes place, investors who hold Litecoin will receive Litecoin Cash, a development that has been credited with fueling demand.


Charles Thorngren, CEO of Noble Alternative Investments, also spoke to this development, emphasizing that while all cryptocurrencies have been benefiting from a broader improvement in the market, Litecoin has had an additional tailwind in the form of this hard fork.

“The hard fork is a great sign for Litecoin,” he said.

Thorngren emphasized that since the altcoin has often been considered the silver to Bitcoin’s gold, “Seeing Litecoin build its own momentum is very encouraging.”


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