Bitcoin halts skid, finishes above $8,000


Bitcoin prices stemmed their losses Thursday, as the world’s No. 1 cryptocurrency stabilized somewhat after Wednesday’s punishing session.

A single bitcoin BTCUSD, -1.19% was holding on to the $8,000 level, trading at $8,234.57, up 0.5% on the day.

On Wednesday, bitcoin dropped 10% to around $8,250, weighed by another wave of bad news, after Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG, +0.01% GOOGL, +0.15% Google announced it was banning advertising related to cryptocurrencies, and Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., described virtual currencies as “a crock” at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Bitcoin has been slumping in March after rallying for much of February. It is down 43% so far in 2018.

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