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Bitcoin, Ether and Crypto Stocks Keep Rising

Bitcoin, ether, and several crypto stocks rose Friday on fresh expectations that U.S. regulators will soon allow exchange-traded funds that directly hold the two largest cryptocurrencies to launch.

Bitcoin was up more than 2% over the past 24 hours as of late Friday morning at $37,349, according to CoinDesk, while ether gained more than 5% to $2,100.

BTC and other crypto-related shares fluctuation

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Crypto stocks also rose. MicroStrategy, a software intelligence firm that holds more than 150,000 bitcoin, was up about 3%. The stock, which has soared 260% this year, is on pace for its best year since 1999, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

Crypto exchange Coinbase Global, rose 1.7%. The stock has risen 166% this year, though it remains below its initial offering price of $381.

Cryptocurrencies gained on expectations U.S. regulators are moving to approve a bitcoin exchange-traded fund.

Shares of MicroStrategy, a software intelligence firm that periodically adds bitcoins to its coffers, rose 8.3%. Shares in the company often rise or fall with bitcoin.


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