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The virtual coin fell to $13,624.56 as of 5 pm in New York on Monday, down 4.8 per cent from Friday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s also a drop from the $14,156 it hit Sunday, according to coinmarketcap.com, which tracks daily prices.
The cryptocurrency fluctuated in Asian trading on Tuesday, trading 1.9 per cent lower as of 3:22 pm in Hong Kong.
Bitcoin got off to a much stronger start last year, and then kept that momentum going, helping to create a global frenzy for cryptocurrencies.
It rose 3.6 per cent on the first day of 2017 to $998, data from coinmarketcap.com show. It ended the year up more than 1,300 per cent.
That rally drew a growing number of competitors and last month brought bitcoin to Wall Street in the form of futures contracts.
It reached the December 18 peak hours after CME Group Inc debuted its derivatives agreements, which some traders said would encourage short position-taking.