Bitcoin hit a fresh all-time high Monday above the $8,000 mark after a wild week for the cryptocurrency.
On Monday around 12:30 p.m. New York time, it hit a record high of $8,263.62, according to data from industry website CoinDesk. The cryptocurrency traded 2.3 percent higher at $8,216.80 as of 4:18 p.m. Bitcoin first broke the $8,000 handle on Sunday.
Standpoint Research founder Ronnie Moas said in a note to clients Monday that the cryptocurrency could go even higher, noting there have been "many positive developments during the last five months and a few of the obstacles that were in Bitcoin's way have been knocked down."
The rally comes on the back of a huge sell-off on Sunday, November 12, where the price of bitcoin fell to around $5,500. That low, to the record high on Sunday, marks a more than 47 percent increase in the cryptocurrency's price.
Bitcoin's price dip last weekend came after a proposed upgrade to the bitcoin network, SegWit2x, which was planned for November 16, was called off. The aim was to increase the transaction speeds of bitcoin, which has increasingly slowed down over the years. If the upgrade had taken place, it would have caused what is known as a "hard fork," causing a new bitcoin spin-off to be formed.
Meanwhile, there has been a slew of positive news which has supported the bitcoin price. Favorable regulation in Japan has managed to offset the clampdown from regulators in countries including China and South Korea.