Bitcoin (BTC) returned to $43,000 on March 24 as new purchases by blockchain protocol Terra fuelled optimism.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

The BTC buys keep coming

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD attempting to crack and secure its highest levels in weeks Thursday.

The pair had consolidated the day before, with sideways action on lower timeframes giving way to a “grind” upward, which took Bitcoin to $43,492 — a price last seen on March 3.

Terra, which had become a focus of attention over plans for a giant $10-billion BTC allocation, had sent Tether (USDT) from its alleged wallet worth almost $750 million at the time of writing.

Terra co-founder Do Kwon had at first given a $10-billion target for backing the firm’s new United States dollar stablecoin, followed by $3 billion in an interview on the weekend, but on Tuesday, he reconfirmed that the ultimate goal was $10 billion.

With liquidity seemingly pouring in, however, the mood among traders was edging toward confidence along with spot price.

Popular Twitter account Credible Crypto, in particular, took aim at those hoping to buy in at levels below $40,000.

“2.5-3k $BTC per day of supply removed over a long period of time = huge impact,” trader Pentoshi added about the Terra buy-ins versus Bitcoin’s fixed supply.

Pentoshi continued that such a move could reawaken attention among would-be investors in an atmosphere where mainstream consumer interest in Bitcoin is at macro lows. He summarized:

“Those who are short have to cover higher at some point as supply itself dissipates. What is scarce, becomes more so. This clip can bring back the apes, in which (Kwon) is the lord of the Apes.”

El Salvador president comes out fighting amid U.S. threat

Elsewhere, news that El Salvador had reportedly pushed back the release of its so-called “Volcano bonds” with Bitfinex to September did not seem to sour the mood.

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With $1.5 billion of interest rumored to be vying for the $1 billion 10-year bond offering, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele remained vocal on social media as U.S. lawmakers escalated measures to investigate the country’s Bitcoin adoption.

Previous estimates had put the bond release timeline as beginning at some point in mid-March.