Bitcoin Prices Hold Above $9,000 Despite Warren Buffett's "Rat Poison" Comment

Bitcoin prices held above $9,000 this morning, as crypto enthusiasts have largely shrugged off statements by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) CEO Warren Buffett.

The "Oracle of Omaha" didn't mince words by describing Bitcoin as "probably rat poison squared" during an interview Saturday with CNBC.

Man Holding Bitcoin

Buffett argued that Bitcoin fails to provide any cash-generating returns. He also suggested that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies would "come to bad endings."

With that in mind, both Buffett and Berkshire Vice Chair Charlie Munger have been wrong about Bitcoin in the past. Back in 2014, Buffett called Bitcoin a "mirage" at a time when it was trading at just $600 per coin.

Here is a recap of the top five cryptocurrencies by market cap as of 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Cryptocurrency Market Cap Price Change (24h)
Bitcoin (BTC) $156,255,321,420 $9,179.61 -1.64%
Ethereum (ETH) $73,072,431,326 $735.81 +1.46%
Ripple (XRP) $31,856,626,339 $0.81 -1.09%
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $26,999,099,327 $1,577.36 -2.52%
EOS $15,385,387,211 $18.25 +1.53%

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Money Morning Cryptocurrency Insight of the Day

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The Top Cryptocurrency Stories for Tuesday

  • Rumors emerged that Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which owns the New York Stock Exchange, is working on its own Bitcoin trading platform. The announcement comes just days after Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) announced it was launching its own trading desk for Bitcoin. An ICE exchange would be the latest step toward the institutionalization of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
  • Not everyone is happy about Goldman Sachs' entry into the Bitcoin market. Some analysts are concerned that Goldman and other banks are conspiring to "manipulate" Bitcoin prices before blockchain technology kills off traditional banking. Investors recall that Goldman has a history of allegedly manipulating the markets, from the price of silver to the rigging of LIBOR rates. We have to use the word allegedly, because it has never admitted guilt despite paying massive settlements to the U.S. government.
  • Finally, we did have one big surprise in the cryptocurrency markets worth reporting. On May 7, a meeting reportedly took place with officials from the SEC and CFTC to discuss regulations around Ethereum. However, several researchers and investors have criticized The Wall Street Journal for reporting about the meeting, saying that it never transpired.

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