By Mike Murphy
The price of bitcoin briefly hit $25,000 on Sunday for the first time since June.
After testing that level several times in recent days before retreating, bitcoin /zigman2/quotes/31322028/realtime BTCUSD -0.13% surged past $25,000 Sunday night, and peaked at $25,119, its highest point since June 12, according to CoinDesk data. It quickly retreated, though, and was last around $24,850 at midnight Eastern.
Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has sunk by nearly 50% year to date, but has rallied 15% over the past month. Investors have apparently been encouraged by better-than-expected U.S. inflation data and an improving stock market; Wall Street just finished its fourth straight week of gains , a streak not seen since November 2021.
The wider crypto market has also been bolstered by optimism over the upcoming ethereum upgrade known as “the Merge.”
Ether /zigman2/quotes/108573964/realtime ETHUSD -0.47% at about $2,000 Sunday night, according to Kraken data, and has rallied 48% over the past month. Still, ether is down about 46% year to date.
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