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June 24, 2021 @ 07:08 +03:00
Bitcoin continued to rebound from its lows for the year on Wednesday. The cryptocurrency sank below the key $30,000 threshold Tuesday, at one point briefly erasing all its 2021 gains. It later recovered to turn positive for the day.
On Wednesday, bitcoin climbed back above the $34,000 mark to trade as high as $34,367 in early morning trading, according to Coin Metrics data. It last changed hands at $33,641.27, up 3% on the day. Smaller rivals also surged, with ether rising 6% to $2,014 and XRP up 9% at a price of 64 cents. The reason for the moves higher wasn’t clear, but cryptocurrencies are known for their volatility.
Bitcoin had a solid start to the year, rallying to an all-time high of almost $65,000 ahead of crypto exchange Coinbase’s blockbuster debut and as institutional investors appeared to be warming to it. But the world’s biggest digital coin has been on a rollercoaster ride since, almost halving in value amid a slew of negative news. In China, authorities have been clamping down on bitcoin mining, the power-intensive process for validating transactions and generating new bitcoins. Over the weekend, China’s crackdown on crypto mining extended to the hydropower-rich Sichuan province.
Bitcoin surges 18% after a wild day that saw the cryptocurrency briefly drop below $30,000, CNBC, Jun 24