The No. 2 crypto on the planet is extending its surge into rarefied area, and that momentum has at least one crypto professional hypothesizing that Ether prices could strike $5,000 within a week.

“Ether is among the primary beneficiaries in the broader explosion in the cryptocurrency market,” composed Nigel Green, chief executive and creator of deVere Group, in a Monday note.

“The boom over current months has actually been sustained by skyrocketing interest from significant institutional investors and growing acknowledgment that borderless digital currencies are the future of money,” the CEO said.

“This momentum is most likely to build further in the near-term and I believe Ether will hit $5,000 within seven days,” he forecast.

At last check, Ether ETHUSD, +1.56%, the asset that runs atop the Ethereum protocol, was changing hands at $3,237, near an all-time peak, according to CoinDesk data.

The surge for Ether comes as bitcoin BTCUSD, -1.49% has been much more sedate comparably.

Ether worths have been supported partly by growing cravings for nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, and other corners of the nascent digital crypto market supported on the Ethereum blockchain.

Indeed, interest in NFTs, the popular authentication asset that has taken the world by storm, has actually assisted to turbo charge a rise in appetite for Ethereum, which most NFTs are linked to.

Ethereum, released in 2015 by a group including Vitarik Buterin, Charles Hoskinson, and Gavin Wood on the ideas behind bitcoin, has actually come to be known for the ease by which software application developers can write bespoke programs atop its network.

The Wall Street Journal composed that some 7 million brand-new Ethereum addresses– or accounts able to hold ether balances– were produced in the very first 4 months of 2021, mentioning data from analytics firm IntoTheBlock.

Bitcoin’s major selling point as a digital property has been its claim by lovers as a store of value and as a currency to a lower extent, but Ethereum’s network is seen by numerous as a powerful, open-source, dentralized backbone off which a number of applications could be based.

It has been hoped for by fans, if not expected, that Ether would one day exceed the marketplace worth of bitcoin, the world’s No. 1 crypto. Such an event is known in specific crypto circles as the “flippening.”

However, as its stands bitcoin’s market price is $1.09 trillion, compared versus a market value for Ether of $366 billion, representing the No. 1 and 2 largest crypto worldwide, according to CoinMarketCap.com.

Ether costs are up 10% on the day and 341% in the year to date. By comparison, bitcoin prices are up 2% on Monday and a good-looking, albeit more subdued, nearly 100% up until now in 2021.

Standard assets have actually had a tough time keeping pace with the rise in their digital counterparts. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.70% and the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.27% are both up 11% so far this year, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.48% has actually gained 8%. Gold prices GC00, -0.29% are down 5.4% up until now this year.

So is a romp to $5,000 possible for Ether? It is impossible to understand for sure, but a handful of crypto bulls have offered similarly sanguine projections, consisting of Dan Morehead, CEO of Pantera Capital, who has actually been estimated as saying that Ether might split 6 figures by 2030.

As always, investors need to be prudent with their money as not everybody is offered on digital possessions, including Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRK.A, +1.82% BRK.B, +1.54% Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, who stated at a yearly shareholder meeting that he dislikes bitcoin’s “success and I don’t welcome a currency that works to kidnappers and extortionists, etc.”