Holders of litecoin enjoyed a short-lived, 20% bounce on Monday, following a fake report that Walmart would accept the cryptocurrency as payment at its retail venues.

via Globe Newswires

However, the Walmart Inc.
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said that the release wasn’t authentic, sending the digital asset’s price skidding lower.

Shares of Walmart were little changed on the day and has gained 1.2% in the year to date, trailing gains of over 14% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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+0.74%

and 19% for the S&P 500 index
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.

Litecoin is a virtual coin that has largely been overshadowed by the likes of bitcoin
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-1.85%

and Ether
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-2.97%

on the Ethereum blockchain. Some describe as crypto silver compared against bitcoin, which is seen as digital gold.

A message on a verified Twitter account associated with litecoin, which touted the fake partnership with Walmart, was deleted and a number of media venues retracted headlines and stories that had published the falsified report.

A request for comment from Walmart via email wasn’t immediately returned.

At last check, litecoin
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+1.40%

was changing hands at $181.26, or down about 1.5% on CoinDesk, but was still boasting a year-to-date return of about 50%. It had reached a 24-hour high on Monday of $236.26.

Litecoin was created by Charlie Lee in 2011 and is the first alternative to bitcoin, using the same software architecture as the world’s most popular crypto.

Lee is a software engineer who worked at Google Inc.
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+0.73%

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and Coinbase Global
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-2.34%
.
About a decade ago, he created litecoin, using the bitcoin’s open-source software to create what he hoped was a crypto that offered faster settlement times and lower transaction fees than bitcoin.

A request for comment from the Litecoin Foundation, which Lee founded, also wasn’t immediately returned.

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