Bitcoin briefly touched $38,000 on Friday morning for the first time since May 2022 amid quiet trading in traditional markets on the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. The cryptocurrency has since retreated slightly, but remains 1.5% up on the day, with some observers predicting it will climb higher in the short term. Trader Michael Van Pope said in a tweet that the next price point for bitcoin is $40,000. “Slowly grinding upwards to a new resistance point and a break above $38K immediately means $40K is next,” he wrote. Ether added almost 2% on the day to trade at around $2,100.