Bitcoin’s value tops $16,000 for first time since January 2018

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Just a week after topping the $15,000 mark for the first time in three years, bitcoin has zoomed past $16,000.

The cryptocurrency’s rally has brought it back to a valuation that it hasn’t seen since January 2018, with one digital token worth $16,095.31 late Thursday morning. It is now less than $400 shy of its all-time high of $19,891.99 which it reached just before Christmas 2017.

Bitcoin’s value is up roughly 11 percent in the past week, and more than 35 percent since early October.

The world’s best-known cryptocurrency has seen its price climb in recent weeks after PayPal announced that it would allow its customers to buy and sell bitcoin on its platform.

JPMorgan analysts last month also said that the value of bitcoin could “double or triple” as it increasingly becomes a more attractive “alternative” currency to gold.

The news bolstered long-standing expectations that bitcoin and its rivals could become a more viable form of payment, a goal that has been elusive.

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