Bitcoin crosses $35,000 for the first time as trading volumes skyrocket to record high after Democrats win Senate


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Bitcoin surpassed $35,000 for the first time on Wednesday as trading volumes in the world's most popular cryptocurrency extended record highs.

The digital token hit a new high of $35,783 during intraday trading on Wednesday, before falling back to around $34,000.

Bitcoin's rally coincided with the results of the runoff elections in Georgia, which showed Democrats won both races and will control the Senate for the first time since 2015. 

US economists have indicated a Democratic-controlled Senate will likely lead to another large fiscal stimulus package, crimping demand for haven assets like the dollar. 

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The US dollar index slid 0.2% to 89.29, falling to a fresh two-and-a-half year low. Ordinarily when the dollar depreciates, there is a higher probability that bitcoin will rise.

Bitcoin's jump followed a bullish call from JPMorgan strategists, who predicted the current speculative mania could stage a monster rally and take its price as high as $100,000.

"The simple bullish macro argument appears to be firmly in place for bitcoin, but it is obvious that price action will remain volatile," said Edward Moya, a senior market analyst at OANDA.

"Outlandish calls for bitcoin to rise to $50,000, $100,000 or $200,000 just got its biggest endorsement from JPMorgan's strategists, a goal for the largest cryptocurrency to potentially reach $146,000 in the long-term," he said.

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