Traders work in a trading pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange on Monday in Chicago, as they trade futures and options unrelated to bitcoin. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Traders work in a trading pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange on Monday in Chicago, as they trade futures and options unrelated to bitcoin. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

Trading began Sunday, and theprice rose as high as $18,850.

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