$670 Million in Bitcoin Futures Trading Sets an All-Time High

Markets are digesting news that Bitcoin futures hit an all-time high on Wednesday, according to data provided by U.S. exchanges CME and CBOE.Bitcoinmoneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2018/04/bitcoin-1-75×50.jpg 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” title=”Bitcoin” />

Roughly $670 million in contracts were exchanged on the markets. CME said that roughly 11,000 contracts (worth 56,100 BTC) were traded on April 25. Futures trading is up 44% in April compared to trading in March.

Here is a recap of the top five cryptocurrencies by market cap as of 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Cryptocurrency Market Cap Price Change (24h)
Bitcoin (BTC) $156,772,914,656 $9,220.77 +3.22%
Ethereum (ETH) $66,530,143,084 $671.44 +5.72%
Ripple (XRP) $33,211,912,986 $0.84 +2.59%
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $23,761,413,354 $1,389.79 +3.84%
EOS $14,159,677,774 $17.25 +16.43%

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