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RISING TIDE

Bitcoin is on one of its longest winning streaks in history

Bitcoin is soaring thanks to the libra
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  • Oliver Staley
By Oliver Staley

Business & culture editor

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Bitcoin, once buried, is back.

The original cryptocurrency is soaring, riding an eight-day winning streak to reach prices last seen in January of 2018, when it was coming down from an all-time high of nearly $20,000. At the time of writing, bitcoin was trading around $12,800, according to Coinmarketcap.

The eight-day streak is one of the longest on record for bitcoin, and also one of the strongest in terms of aggregate performance. The notoriously volatile asset has strung together streaks of consecutive daily increases as long, or longer, only five previous times. (This is according to closing daily prices using UTC time.)

It’s impossible to say exactly what has reignited interest in the cryptocurrency, which had fallen as low as $3,200 in December, but it’s almost certainly related to Facebook’s June 18 announcement that it plans to launch its own crypto token, the Libra, with a group of partners. While the two coins are very different—Libra will be pegged to a basket of currencies and overseen by a consortium, while bitcoin floats freely and is completely decentralized—the endorsement of crypto by one of the world’s largest tech companies, along with partners like Visa and eBay, appears to have nudged once tentative buyers into the market. Or, just as plausibly, enough speculators are expecting a flood of newcomers into bitcoin that they are buying it up in the expectation of a rise.

Either way, for bitcoin owners who shivered through a bitter crypto winter, the sun is shining on them today.

Bitcoin winning streaks of six days or more

May 11, 2017
40.4%
13
Nov 9, 2013
69.6%
10
Oct 14, 2017
37.9%
10
Oct 30, 2015
23.2%
9
Dec 7, 2017
81.0%
8
Jun 26, 2019*
41.3%
8
Oct 23, 2013
49.9%
7
Jul 19, 2018
19.9%
7
Jan 6, 2014
26.4%
6
Apr 15, 2018
23.0%
6
Nov 5, 2017
20.8%
6
May 28, 2016
20.7%
6
Jun 17, 2019
17.6%
6
Feb 4, 2017
13.4%
6
Feb 20, 2019
10.6%
6
Jun 6, 2016
9.7%
6
Jun 16, 2015
9.7%
6
Sep 29, 2013
9.0%
6
Apr 5, 2016
2.2%
6

* As of 1:30pm UTC

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