Bitcoin marches higher, rises 10% off recent low

Prices of digital currencies surged higher Wednesday, bucking the recent trend which saw as much as $20 billion wiped off the market cap of cryptocurrencies to begin the week.

Bitcoin












BTCUSD, +6.69%










the world’s biggest digital currency, is trading back above $6,500 and was last changing hands at $6,574.44, up 8.1% since Tuesday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Kraken cryptocurrency exchange and is now more than 10% of the recent low.

Wednesday’s rally has pushed the total value of all cryptocurrencies back above $200 billion to $212, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

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Bitwise gives investors new tools for tracking crypto

On Wednesday, Bitwise Asset Management, the creator of the world’s first cryptocurrency index fund, said it had added three new indexes for investors to track baskets of digital assets.

The three new indexes—Bitwise 20 Mid Cap, Bitwise 70 Small Cap and Bitwise 100 Total Market—are not yet accepting funds, but Hougan said the company is gauging interest.

”We want to get indexes out there to encapsulate the whole picture of the cryptocurrency market,” said Matt Hougan, head of research at Bitwise Asset Management. “We hope it becomes the de facto way investors look at the market as a whole.”

Bitwise currently has an application for a Bitcoin-related exchange-traded fund with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Its application differs in that it tracks a basket of coins—the HOLD 10 Index—as opposed to a single coin.

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Ether trade back above $300

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ETHUSD, +13.54%










the currency that runs on the ethereum network, has been in a free fall of late, plummeting as much as 41% in August. Industry participants have hypothesized that cash-strapped ICOs have been unloading Ether to raise money causing the second largest digital currency to underperform its rivals. However, Ether has had a revival Wednesday, last trading 16.3% higher at $301.08.

Elsewhere, Bitcoin Cash












BCHUSD, +7.49%










is trading 9.5% higher at $534.00, Litecoin












LTCUSD, +9.53%










has gained 12.3% to $58.71 and Ripple’s XRP












XRPUSD, +9.49%










is up 13.4% to 30 cents.

After a rough start to the week, Bitcoin futures have followed spot markets higher. The Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s August contract












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