Following comments from DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach tieing the surge in virtual currencies to the demise of China (right before that nation is downgraded), Bitcoin surged overnight, breaking above $2400 for the first time. It is now up over 150% year-to-date.
Bitcoin is up fopr the 26th day in the last 29 sessions, doubling in price in that period...
Wednesday's gain comes after a bitcoin scaling agreement was reached by the Digital Currency Group, representing 56 companies in 21 countries, at the Consensus 2017 conference in New York, which reduced some of the fears surrounding the so-called 'hard fork' in Bitcoin's code. The agreement states:
"We agree to immediately support the following parallel upgrades to the bitcoin protocol, which will be deployed simultaneously and based on the original Segwit2Mb proposal:
"Activate Segregated Witness at an 80% threshold, signaling at bit 4
"Activate a 2 MB hard fork within six months"
At the beginning of April, Japan announced bitcoin had become a legal payment method in the country.
Additionally, Ulmart, Russia's largest online retailer, said it would begin accepting bitcoin even though Russia had said it wouldn't explore the cryptocurrency until 2018.
The gains also seem to be boosted by speculation the US Securities and Exchange Commission could overturn its ruling on the Winklevoss twins' bitcoin exchange-traded fund.