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Bitcoin Prices Could Rally as South Korean Exchange Is Cleared

Bitcoin prices fell nearly 2% down, to $8,232, as the broader cryptocurrency market continues its correction, but recent scandals plaguing the currency are finally in the past.

The Mt. Gox trustees are selling their Bitcoin funds, and an ongoing scandal at South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, UPbit and Bithumb, put downward pressure on crypto prices.

Bitcoin Prices Could Rally as South Korean Exchange Is Cleared

But some good news is in sight. This week, South Korean accounting firm Yoojin released a report stating that the funds of UPbit matched the cryptocurrency exchange’s balance sheet. This alleviated major concerns about the exchange and its operations.

Plus, today also marks the eighth anniversary of the famous Bitcoin pizza purchase, a reminder of just how powerfully lucrative cryptocurrencies can be.

Eight years ago today, a programmer paid 10,000 bitcoins for two Papa John’s pizzas. Crypto enthusiasts have now dubbed the anniversary as “Bitcoin Pizza Day.” The 10,000 coins used in 2010 would now be worth a whopping $82 million. Coindesk celebrated the event by released in a “Bitcoin Pizza Day” price tracker on its site.

Here is a recap of the top five cryptocurrencies by market cap as of 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Cryptocurrency Price Market Cap Change (24h)
Bitcoin (BTC) $8,232.37 $4,885,800,000 -1.92%
Ethereum (ETH) $676.08 $2,077,510,000 -2.90%
Ripple (XRP) $0.67 $210,396,000 -1.21%
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $1,176.00 $604,529,000 -4.31%
EOS $12.97 $880,290,000 -2.92%

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