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Bitcoin climbs to highest level this year as volatility recedes
[MADRID] Bitcoin advanced to the highest level of 2019, the latest milestone for cryptocurrencies as they claw back from a year that saw three-quarters of their market value wiped out.
The biggest digital coin on Monday rose as much as 1.6 per cent to US$4,135.60, the top intraday level since Dec 24, according to weekday trading data compiled by Bloomberg.
Bitcoin is close to breaking above an intraday level set on Christmas Eve. That day marked the end of a US stocks selloff, after which the S&P 500 Index started a rally that continued through March and reversed most of the fourth-quarter rout.
The digital token's comeback has been so gradual that its 30-day volatility has sunk almost to levels last seen before the 2017 cryptocurrency mania, when it bounded close to US$20,000 and grabbed worldwide attention.