Following a week of thrilling price gains and two all-times highs – $4,483 on August 15, and $4,520 on August 17 – bitcoin prices have now slumped back toward $4,000.
Opening the session at $4,159, price across global exchanges peaked early at $4,406 and have since steadily dropped and at press time had recovered sightly to $4,112. The low for the session was $4,040, according to CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index.
While the price news isn't positive for holders of bitcoin, bitcoin cash – the new cryptocurrency created via a fork of the bitcoin blockchain on August 1 – has seen prices rocket to a new record high of $756 soon before press time.
Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin, is currently trading sideways with prices currently around $293.
Looking more widely, the combined market cap of all cryptocurrencies has dropped to $141 billion from its all-time high of $144.7 billion on August 17.
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