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Bitcoin recovers from sudden selloff as large swings persist

(Bloomberg) -- Bitcoin rallied as much as 20 percent from its Wednesday low, easing concern that an abrupt selloff in the cryptocurrency might spiral into something deeper.

The digital currency climbed as high as $10,787.99 in Asian trading hours Thursday, after touching a nadir of $9,009.15, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg. The 21 percent slump on Wednesday, triggered in part by intermittent outages at cryptocurrency exchanges, came just hours after bitcoin had soared to a record.

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Visitors pass a bitcoin symbol on a glass panel at the offices of La Maison du Bitcoin bank in Paris, France, on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Zimbabwe, where the price of bitcoin spiked to double the international rate after last week\'s military takeover, shows cryptocurrency skeptics where the real-world use of bitcoin, and possibly its future, lies. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Price swings in the world’s most popular digital currency are increasing as an 11-fold gain this year captivates everyone from mom-and-pop investors to high-frequency traders and Wall Street banks. While the frenzy has prompted bubble warnings from observers including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, interest among traders shows few signs of abating.

Coinbase, one of the largest bitcoin exchanges, tweeted on Wednesday that traffic on its platform reached an all-time high, even as some users reported service interruptions and delays.