Analyst Predicts $6,000 Bitcoin Price Within Reach by End of Year: ReportOctober 3, 2017 10:09 pm
By year’s end, industry analysts now predict bitcoin prices could surpass $6,000depending on whether the SegWit2x hard fork is implemented and, if so, how contentious and disruptive the fork is, Cryptocoinsnews .com reported.
During the just-completed third quarter of 2017, bitcoin prices rose nearly 75 percent, the report said, and mostly recovered from China’s blanket ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs) and bitcoin exchanges.
On Monday, bitcoin prices rose as high as $4,470, although they’ve dipped to a current level of almost $4,260, the report said.
Since bitcoin appears to be holding above the $4,000 level, the report said, analysts believe $5,000 is not out of the reach.
“Throughout the year we’ve been predicting the bitcoin price will surpass $5,000 and creep closer to $6,000 by year’s end. That prediction is looking more in line with market sentiment these days,” Thomas Glucksmann, head of APAC business development at bitcoin exchange Gatecoin, told CNBC in an interview.
Meanwhile, CryptoCompare CEO Charles Hayter is not certain bitcoin will be able to rise quite that far by the end of the year, but he agrees with many other analysts who believe $5,000 is within sight. He believes this uptrend has been and will continue to be spurred on by increased regulatory clarity in major sectors of the crypto economy.
“Bitcoin’s biggest price catalyst is regulation. Japan has breathed life into the price and as the fog of uncertainty clears in other jurisdictions, clarity on regulation will release a break on the price,” he added.
Still, the contentious SegWit2x hard fork scheduled for November looms heavy, the report said.
SegWit2x was designed as an “upgrade” to the Bitcoin protocol, and though it has support from many mining operations and bitcoin firms, a large segment of the community — including all of the Bitcoin Core developers — opposes it.
Despite months of fierce debate, SegWit2x supporters and opponents remain entrenched in their positions, the report said. Unless one side concedes to the other or a compromise is reached, the network will split into two competing blockchains, each vying for the bitcoin moniker.
– WN.com, Jack Durschlag