Bitcoin jumps nearly 10%, still down sharply for the week

Bitcoin surged nearly 10 percent on Friday, but was still on track for sharp weekly losses during a tumultuous week of trading.

The cryptocurrency fell as low as $2,951.15, its lowest level since early August, before rebounding. It traded at $3,524.22 at 10:24 a.m. in New York. For the week, however, bitcoin has lost about 17.5 percent of its value.

Bitcoin this week


Despite its massive drop this week, however, bitcoin is still up about 200 percent for the year. By comparison, the S&P 500 is up 11.5 percent in 2017.

Investors have been dumping bitcoin this week as Chinese authorities ramp up their crackdown on cryptocurrency exchanges. BTC China, one of the biggest exchanges in the country, said it will stop all trading by Sept. 30.

The announcement comes nearly two weeks after Chinese regulators banned fund raising through initial coin offerings. Chinese financial media outlet Yicai Global also reported China plans to shut down all bitcoin exchanges by month’s end.

The cryptocurrency this week also caught flak from JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who called bitcoin a “fraud” and said, “It won’t end well. Someone is going to get killed.”