Bitcoin takes aim at $10,000, as Litecoin extends rally
Cryptocurrency prices traded mixed on Thursday, with a number of the prominent digital currencies taking a breather after recording double-digit gains so far this week.
The No. 1 digital currency, bitcoin BTCUSD, +3.98% is in the green Thursday, touching an intraday high of $9,961.59, a 5.2% rise. It has since settled back, to trade at $9,678.14.
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Elsewhere, Ether is unchanged at $923.98, while bitcoin cash is lower by 1.3% at $1,344.71, Litecoin—after yesterdays surge—added to its gains, rising 6.5% at $227.23. Meanwhile, Ripple slipped by 1.35% at $1.13, according to research and news site CoinDesk.
Traders are eyeing a key psychological level for bitcoin at $10,000, with February traditionally representing a bullish month for the cyber unit, rising by at least 15% in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Overall, the broader digital-currency market stands at $466 billion, following a strong week for the group.
In the futures market, February contracts on the Cboe Global Markets XBTG8, +7.43% rose 7.4% at $9,330, and comparable CME Group Inc. BTCG8, +4.04% futures are up 4.5% at $9,705.
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