Bitcoin is rallying for an 8th straight day


Bitcoin is on track for an eighth straight day of gains as it trades higher by 1.4% at $1,026 per coin as of 7:28 a.m. ET.


The cryptocurrency 's winning streak comes amid wild start to 2017. Bitcoin rallied 20% in the opening days of the year, adding to its 120% gain in 2016 that made it the top performing currency for a second straight year. The gains ran bitcoin above the $1,000 level for the first time since November 2013.

However, concerns that China was going to start cracking down on trading sparked a 35% plunge over a matter of days. But trade managed to bottom out near $750 and shrug off news that China's three largest bitcoin exchanges were going to charge a flat fee of 0.2% per transaction.

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The current winning streak has tacked on nearly 15% and has bitcoin taking a run at the January high near $1,161.


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