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Bitcoin extends retreat from record high to hit lowest in 20 days

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Representation of the virtual currency Bitcoin is seen on a motherboard in this picture illustration taken April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Feb 28 (Reuters) - Bitcoin dropped 6.39% to $43,165.78 on Sunday, losing $2,944.20 from its previous close.

Bitcoin , the world's biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, has fallen 26% from the year's high of $58,354.14 on Feb. 21 when it soared amid increasing confidence that it will become a mainstream investment and payments vehicle.

Major firms such as BNY Mellon (BK.N), asset manager BlackRock Inc (BLK.N) and credit card giant Mastercard Inc (MA.N) have backed cryptocurrencies. Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), Square Inc (SQ.N) and MicroStrategy Inc (MSTR.O) have invested in bitcoin. read more

Ether , the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain network, dropped 8.88% to $1,329.46 on Sunday, losing $129.57 from its previous close.

Compiled by the Global Finance & Markets Breaking News team; Editing by David Clarke

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