The price of bitcoin surged above $5,000 for the first time this year after a mystery buyer placed a huge order — causing a one-day spike not seen since the peak days of the cryptocurrency’s bubble in late 2017.
The trading briefly sent the price of bitcoin to $5,078.52 early Tuesday, the highest price since November. The price settled to around $4,730 by the end of the day.
A single order worth about $100 million had been spread across multiple cryptocurrency exchanges throughout the world at the same time — evidence that the price surge came from a single buyer, Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie, CEO of cryptocurrency broker BCB Group, told Reuters.
The jump comes as bitcoin has lost nearly all of its value amid government crackdowns, allegations of fraud and questions about whether investor optimism was overblown.
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