Bitcoin tops $9,000 level for first time in 13 months

Mike Murphy
Bitcoin tops $9,000 level for first time in 13 months

The cryptocurrency slipped in the afternoon, and was last around the $9,100 level. The digital currency is up more than 22% over the past 30 days, and up 142% year to date. Investors have been bullish on bitcoin recently, with optimism stoked by the expected announcement this week that Facebook Inc. (FB) will launch a new cryptocurrency, backed by a number of major companies, including Visa Inc. (V) , PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL)  and Uber Technologies Inc. (UBER) .