November 30, 2018 / 11:29 AM / 13 days ago

Bitcoin falls over 7 percent, heads towards one-year low

FILE PHOTO: Bitcoin.com buttons are seen displayed on the floor of the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York, U.S., May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin fell as much as 7 percent on Friday BTC=BTSP, heading towards a recent one-year low in a broad-based selloff in cryptocurrencies.

The world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency fell to $3,920.35 in late morning trade, heading towards a September 2017 low of $3,474.73 hit on Sunday. Other cryptocurrencies including Ethereum’s ether and Ripple’s XRP also weakened.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been mauled in recent weeks, with analysts citing increased U.S. regulatory scrutiny and a delay to January 2019 of the widely-anticipated launch of bitcoin futures by Bakkt, Intercontinental Exchange’s crypto platform have fuelled the downturn.

Reporting by Saikat Chatterjee; Editing by Tom Wilson

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