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Elon Musk Tweet Moves Crypto Market, But He's Wrong This Time

By Chris MacDonald – Dec 4, 2021 at 10:04PM

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When Elon Musk says jump, most say "how high"-but now's the time to be critical.

What happened

Being a decentralized market, and generally outside of the purview of regulators, the crypto market is one that's perhaps more susceptible to hysteria. Sentiment drives a significant portion of the returns crypto investors have seen of late. Up to now, capital has mostly flowed in the direction of this sentiment.

However, a recent tweet by Elon Musk calling out the web3 crowd appears to have struck a nerve yet again.

Elon Musk Tweet.

Image Source: Twitter.

Early Saturday morning, the crypto market tanked, sending most major cryptocurrencies lower. 

This price action did not spare top web3 cryptocurrencies such as Polkadot (DOT -0.08%)Filecoin (FIL -2.17%), and Kusama (KSM -3.75%). Each of these tokens were down more than 10% as of 9:30pm ET.

Various cubes on a plane.

Image source: Getty Images.

So what

Elon Musk's Twitter account currently has more than 65 million followers. While the Tesla CEO claims he doesn't advertise, one might argue that social media has provided more than enough publicity for the richest man in the world.

This year, Mr. Musk has diverted much of his social media attention to the crypto world. Previous shiba inu-related tweets drove the price of Dogecoin and Shiba Inu into the top-10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, until this recent drop.

This recent jab at web3 folks comes in stark contrast to his previous tweets, which could be taken as supportive of the overall crypto movement (at least in the meme token space).

Now what

One can debate whether Mr. Musk is walking a fine line with his market-moving tweets, or simply asserting his right to free speech. That's a fun discussion for another time.

It's also debatable to what degree Elon Musk affected the valuations of these web3 cryptocurrencies with his tweets. After all, many larger cryptocurrencies were down significantly more than Polkadot, Filecoin and Kusama today.

However, the fact that Musk has taken a shot at web3 folks, while also (intentionally or unintentionally) pumping the valuations of dog-themed cryptocurrencies, could be a very dangerous take for investors.

In this case, it's probably better to look at Musk's recent tweets as rambling opinions, rather than speculative buying opportunities. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt that he's not actively attempting to manipulate digital asset prices.

Sentiment has driven much of the price action in the crypto space thus far. However, a shift appears to be underway, with capital focusing on higher-value projects, such as those in the web3 space.

Accordingly, it's probably best to ignore the noise and carry on. 

Chris MacDonald has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Tesla. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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