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Bitcoin starts new year by declining, first time since 2015

The virtual coin fell to $13,624.56 as of 5 pm in New York on Monday, down 4.8%

Matthew Leising | Bloomberg 


is already having a bad year. For the first time since 2015, the began a new year by declining, extending its slide from a record $19,511 reached on December 18.

The 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, which tracks daily prices.

The fluctuated in Asian trading on Tuesday, trading 1.9 per cent lower as of 3:22 pm in Hong Kong.

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 show. It ended the year up more than 1,300 per cent.

That rally drew a growing number of competitors and last month brought 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.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 02:28 IST