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Bitcoin flirts with $8 500 after SEC, Goldman Sachs weigh in

Ripple, Ethereum and Litecoin gain at least 5%.
Bitcoin is heading to its first back-to-back increase in almost two weeks. Picture: Shutterstock

Bitcoin is marching toward its second day of gains as traders showed relief over comments Tuesday by US securities regulators, who called for greater oversight of cryptocurrencies without proposing industry-killing measures.

The largest digital token headed to its first back-to-back increase in almost two weeks, rising 8.7% to $8 437 as of 7:58 am in New York, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg. Rival coins Ripple, Ethereum and Litecoin gained at least 5%, holding ground even as a Goldman Sachs Group report said most virtual currencies won’t survive a coming shake-out.

The heads of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission said lawmakers may need to pass legislation that gives federal agencies jurisdiction over Bitcoin’s spot market and associated online trading platforms.

“The market was certainly worried that they might come out harsher,” said Mati Greenspan, market analyst at currency trader eToro in Tel Aviv. “In fact, they were quite soft, which is mostly in line with all of their previous messages.”

The biggest tokens were holding most of their Tuesday gains. Over the past 24 hours, the top 10 by market value had an average increase of about 24%, according to Coinmarketcap.com prices.

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