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Bitcoin surges past $16000

08 Décembre 2017

CoinDesk, a widely regarded industry site, still showed the cryptocurrency below the $15,000 level, according to its average of prices across leading exchanges.

In trading on the Coinbase exchange, the digital currency hit a high of $19,340 after soaring through $12,000 on just Tuesday night. At 4:08 p.m. NY time, the cryptocurrency traded at $16,362.99. Due to the incredible demand and wild swings in its price, prices for Bitcoin diverged significantly on its biggest exchanges, exposing its fragile trading infrastructure.

"I truly don't think people are involved on a mass scale yet".

Bitcoin now has a market value of more than $256 billion, meaning it would rank among the 20 largest stocks in the S&P 500. NY time Wednesday, bitcoin jumped past $15,000, and the day's wild ride began.

The digital currency began the year below $1,000 and its gains have accelerated as investor interest grows.

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Cboe Global Markets has said it will start trading bitcoin futures on December 10, while CME Group's contracts are set to debut on December 18. The digital currency also got a boost from a successful test of a technology that will attempt to ease congestion in purchases of the digital currency.

While we launched [in the U.S.] just a week ago, bitFlyer has already seen strong interest from institutions looking to gain exposure to bitcoin. "We're glad to have expanded to the United States at this time with so much interest due to the impending Bitcoin futures launches", bitFlyer COO Bartek Ringwelski, said in an email.

But critics say that the price run-up is a bubble that has been driven mostly by speculation, leaving bitcoin vulnerable to a sharp reversal, Reuters noted. JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon has called bitcoin a "fraud".

Remember, Bitcoin was valued at around $1,000 at the beginning of the year, but really began its big run over the last two months.

Bitcoin surges past $16000