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Bitcoin's price rose above $8,100 for the first time on Sunday.


Data from CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) indicates that the price climbed to $8,101.91 between 20:00 and 20:15 UTC. This move came after bitcoin – which toed the $8,000 line during Friday trading – crossed that threshold several hours earlier.



That the price of bitcoin would surge above this height was in the cards last week, as was suggested by analysis at the time. Conversely, last week saw some dramatic movements on the price front, with markets dropping below $6,000 only to recover days later. Market commentary throughout the week was led, in part, by speculation around pending futures product launches and interest among institutional investors overall.



Indeed, the move all but confirms a possibility floated by Goldman Sachs analysts earlier this month. The firm's analysts have published several forecasts since earlier this year, notably predicting some of the developments seen over the summer.



As of press time, the price of bitcoin has slipped back below $8,000, trading at around $7,983.



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