News that electric carmaker Tesla has bought $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin, and that it will start accepting payments in the cryptocurrency, sent its price to record highs. Bitcoin was trading over $47,000 early on Tuesday, according to the website Coindesk.
Hundreds of billions of dollars have been wiped off the value of technology companies in recent days, after a major share sell-off. The electric carmaker Tesla was among the worst-hit companies, sliding 21 percent in trading on Tuesday. Investors are concerned that these firms' shares rose too quickly during the pandemic and are now overvalued. Despite the rout, most tech shares are still trading at much higher values than they were at the beginning of the year. Also today, we look at Uber's pledge to use more electric vehicles.
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The global top 100 companies have continued to outperform industry peers even amid the market volatility caused by Covid-19. Microsoft, Apple Netflix and Tesla are amongst those who have seen increased market capitalisation during Covid-19, joining CNBC Africa for more is Alice Tomdio, Director of Capital Markets at PwC Nigeria.
Tesla has become the world's most valuable carmaker, overtaking Japan's Toyota, after its stock hit a record high. Shares in the electric carmaker touched $1,134 on Wednesday morning before falling back, leaving it with a market value of $209.47bn (£165bn).