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Bitcoin retakes $10,000, marking highest level in about 2 weeks

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After a sluggish start to the trading day, cryptocurrencies moved higher Thursday, with the No. 1 digital currency pushing back above $10,000.

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 hit an intraday high of $10,218.01, representing a 5.6% increase on the day, and dragging all major digital currencies with it. It is the first time bitcoin has traded above $10,000 since Feb. 1, and it has now risen 68% since trading below $6,000 on Feb. 6.

Ether was up 1.3% at $935.73, while bitcoin cash was higher by 1.6% at $1,383.90. After Wednesday’s surge, Litecoin added to its gains, rising 4.8% to $223.56, and Ripple was up 1.4% to $1.16, according to research and news site CoinDesk.

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Bitcoin traders were eyeing the psychologically important $10,000 level, with February traditionally representing a bullish month for the cyber unit, rising by at least 15% in 2015, 2016 and, so far, 2018.

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With Thursday’s rally, the broader digital-currency market cap stood at $476 billion, following a strong week for the group.

In the bitcoin futures market, the March contract on Cboe Global Markets












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 rose $825, or 8.9%, to settle at $10,095, while the February CME Group Inc.












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finished $800, or 8.6% higher, at $10,090.

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