Dogecoin jumps 25% after Musk announces DOGE payments for Tesla merchandise

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Dogecoin (DOGE) prices rose significantly on January 14 as Elon Musk announced that Tesla would begin accepting it as payment for merchandise.

Following the announcement, the price of DOGE jumped nearly 13%, hitting a 30-day high of $0.2150. Its move higher is part of a larger intraday rally that was already taking place before Musk’s Dogecoin tweet went viral.

DOGE price rose over 25% on January 14 before correcting lower to $0.1986 on profit taking.

DOGE/USD hourly price chart. Source: Trading View

Better than bitcoin

Tesla’s integration of a DOGE payment option on its online shopping portal came nearly a month after Musk signaled his willingness to accept cryptocurrency as payment as a form of payment. test.

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Central to Musk’s love of DOGE were its “better than Bitcoin” features, primarily as a payment option due to its low electricity consumption. In excerpts from Musk’s statements to Time Magazine, he explained that:

“Basically, Bitcoin is not a good substitute for transaction currency. Even though it was created as a silly joke, Dogecoin is better suited for transactions.”

The billionaire entrepreneur further pointed out that Bitcoin’s cost per transaction is high while its transactional volume is low compared to DOGE. As a result, Bitcoin could well be a store of value asset. On the other hand, DOGE could continue to encourage people to spend.

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What’s next for DOGE?

The latest round of buying in the Dogecoin market has calmed down somewhat as DOGE tested a multi-month resistance trendline for a break up.

In detail, the DOGE price rally was sunk into a descending trendline resistance that capped its upside attempts since May 2021. On January 14, the trendline became key again to take DOGE from its intraday high of 0 $.2150 to $0.1958 as shown in the chart below.

DOGE/USD daily price chart. Source: Trading View

Meanwhile, Dogecoin’s 200-day exponential moving average (200-day EMA; the orange wave) also played a key role in limiting its gains on January 14. Together, the confluence of resistance hinted that DOGE price may pull back from its ongoing uptrend in the coming sessions.

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If that happens, the token will look set to test its 50-day EMA (the Velvet Wave) as support, with the possibility of extending its correction towards $0.1367 due to its recent history as support.

DOGE/USD daily price chart. Source: Trading View

Conversely, a decisive break above the descending trendline resistance and the 200-day EMA could lead traders to consider $0.30 as the next upside target in the Dogecoin market. The area surrounding the $0.30 level previously served as resistance.

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