The cryptocurrency fell as greatly as 8 percent on Thursday on the Luxembourg confirmed Bitstamp exchange to hit $9,000 exactly, considering a fall of well over $2,000 in under 24 hours. It then edged back up to trade at around $9,400 in the time that followed, still down harshly 4 percent on the day.Bitcoin searches exceed that of Trump.
One market-watcher blamed the fall to outages in bitcoin changes and the heavy price surge of recent times.
“Naturally a few of the early bitcoin traders are taking some profits off the table,” said Charles Hayter, founder of CryptoCompare.com.
“Volatility is in the market at the time and that expects both positive and negative moves.”
The latest fall has eased an astronomical rise for the cryptocurrency in recent months bitcoin was up almost 1,100 percent year-to-date on Wednesday. As of 1500 GMT on Thursday, it was still up throughout 880 percent.
The rise has been fed by signs that the digital currency is slowly achieving traction in the mainstream finance world, as well as by improving awareness.
In the past week, Google trends for “bitcoin” topped searches for “Trump” for the first time, data from Google showed, even though U.S. President Donald Trump has been prominently in the news this week.
Several large business exchanges including Nasdaq, CBOE Holdings, and CME Group the world’s largest derivatives exchange have said they are organizing to provide futures contracts based on bitcoin.
Some investors have told such a development may indicate them to add the digital currency to their portfolio.
In October, Goldman Sachs chief exec Lloyd Blankfein said he was directing an open mind on bitcoin following a media that the property bank was exploring a new trading operation dedicated to cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin’s rapid ascent has provoked warnings from a stream of relieved investors that it had reached bubble territory, while the Bank of England deputy administrator on Wednesday said investors should “do their homework” before buying in the digital currency.