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Unidentified bitcoin trader makes $400 million bet

Go huge or go home. That’s the motto of one baffling investor who put his chips on the table, buying close to $400 million of the No. 1 digital currency, bitcoin.

The buy comes as cryptocurrencies are creating a comeback after a dreadful start to 2018. Major digital currencies lost as much as 50 % to start the year as growing regulation and security fears crippled the market, seeing traders bail on their positions. However, the tide has turned.

The price of bitcoin has incremented more than 60 % since trading under $6,000 on Feb. 6, pushing back above $10,000, assisted by signs of growing recognition of digital currencies from officials in Washington.

“Not sure who that big buyer was but many have bought this dip and have added since the rebound and additional regulatory clarity in the US and Asia,” said Alex Sunnarborg, founding partner of Tetras Capital.

The unknown trader with the bitcoin address 3Cbq7aT1tY8kMxWLbitaG7yT6bPbKChq64 purchased the coins between Feb. 9 and Feb. 12, taking his bitcoin balance from 55,000 coins to more than 96,000.

The transaction, which was blasted all over social media and online chat forums, inspired bulls who had argued that $6,000 was a bottom.

“In the meantime, the $400 million whale is fuel for the Telegram channels where traders lay out their conspiracy theories,” said Jeff Koyen, president of 360 Blockchain USA.

“However, I am willing to trust that, seeing bitcoin bottom around $6,000, Wall Street smelled blood and jumped back in,” he said.

With bitcoin back above $10,000, the owner of the address is closing in on the bitcoin billionaires club.


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