Bitcoin bounces as US regulator approves futures trading

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File: Bitcoin can be used to pay for a variety of products and services online and increasingly in real shops.

File: Bitcoin can be used to pay for a variety of products and services online and increasingly in real shops.

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File: Bitcoin can be used to pay for a variety of products and services online and increasingly in real shops.

File: Bitcoin can be used to pay for a variety of products and services online and increasingly in real shops.

LONDON - Bitcoin rebounded on Friday to hit the day&39;s highs above $10,500 (R144,600), recovering from an earlier dip below $9,500, after the US derivatives regulator said it would allow CME Group and CBOE Global Markets to list bitcoin futures.

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The announcement by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) paves the way for CME and CBOE to become the first traditional US regulated exchanges to launch trading in bitcoin-related financial contracts, a watershed moment for the cryptocurrency that could lead to greater regulatory scrutiny.

Bitcoin, which had been trading at around $10,150 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange before the news, jumped to as high as $10,513 in the 20 minutes that followed, leaving it up more than 5 percent on the day.

It has been a volatile week for the biggest and best-known cryptocurrency. On Wednesday, bitcoin smashed through $10,000 before rocketing past $11,000 less than 12 hours later to an all time-high of $11,395, and then plunging around 20 percent in the hours that followed.