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Bitcoin's debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the virtual currency rising 18 percent.The CBOE futures don't involve actual bitcoin.The price of a bitcoin has soared since beginning the year below $1,000, hitting a peak of $16,858 Dec. 7 on the bitcoin exchange Coindesk.The futures signal greater mainstream acceptance of bitcoin but also open up bitcoin to more market forces.How much actual investor interest there will be in these bitcoin futures is still up in the air.
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