Bitcoin smashed the new historic level at 5:34 GMT, according to CoinMarketCap. The move came after exchanges in South Korea saw trading above the $10,000 threshold just 12 hours earlier on Tuesday.
— Bitcoin Prospector (@BitProspector) 29 de noviembre de 2017
The cryptocurrency has been breaking through symbolic price barriers every few days recently, with the pace accelerating since the weekend. It took the digital currency a little over two weeks to go from $7,000 to $8,000, just a week to reach $9,000, and just two days cross $10,000 and $11,000.
After testing the new level bitcoin has retreated slightly before surging to $11,266 at 14:00 GMT, and is now up over 12 percent on the day.
— RT (@RT_com) 27 de noviembre de 2017
The meteoric rise has pushed the combined market value for all cryptocurrencies to a new high of $325 billion. Bitcoin’s market capitalization is now over $177 billion, making it worth more than many US companies, including Boeing and General Electric.
The surge comes as cryptocurrencies are beginning to gain the attention of institutional investors. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) plans to list futures in the cryptocurrency as soon as December. Wall Street bank JPMorgan is considering allowing its clients to trade bitcoin futures. Some investors are buying and launching their own crypto-funds.