Bitcoin hit $50,000 on Sunday to reach a more than 3-month high, as the cryptocurrency continues to rebound.
The digital coin rose above that level around 10:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, according to data from CoinDesk. It was trading at around $50,095 at 2:45 a.m. ET on Monday.
Bitcoin hit an all-time high of over $64,000 in April but sold off heavily in June and July, even dipping below $30,000. One of the major reasons was renewed regulatory scrutiny from Chinese authorities which has forced bitcoin mining operations to shut down and move elsewhere.
But since mid-July, bitcoin has been on a steady rise.
In the last few days, two key announcements have been positive for the cryptocurrency space. Last week, Coinbase said it would buy $500 million in crypto on its balance sheet and allocate 10% of profits into a crypto assets portfolio.
Meanwhile, other digital coins were also higher. Ether was trading higher by about 1.8% at $3,302.59 early Monday morning. Ethereum, the blockchain network powered by ether, activated a key upgrade earlier this month which helped lift the price.
Vijay Ayyar, head of business development at cryptocurrency exchange Luno, said there was a lot of buying around the $29,000 to $30,000 level when bitcoin was roughly at a 50% discount to April’s all-time high.
“Lots of large players took advantage of those prices,” Ayyar said, adding that bitcoin could move “to test all-time highs again.”
The value of the entire cryptocurrency market stood above $2.14 trillion on Sunday, according to data from Coinmarketcap.
Culled from CNBC