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Why Bitcoin Price Hit $65K Today

Published 16/05/2024, 05:20 am
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Bitcoin’s price touched the $65,000 barrier, trading at $64,961.60 as of 11:38 AM ET on May 15, 2024, representing a over 5% increase over the past 24 hours.

The cryptocurrency’s upward trajectory follows softer-than-expected Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, signaling a positive market reaction to the latest inflation news. This surge has propelled Bitcoin to its highest levels since March 2024, when it achieved record highs surpassing $73,000.

CPI Data Eases Inflation Fears, Blosters Market Sentiment for Bitcoin

The release of the CPI data, which indicated a more stable inflationary environment, has bolstered market sentiment and contributed to Bitcoin’s recent price surge.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s suggestion that interest rates will not increase further has also provided a more favorable backdrop for Bitcoin investments.

However, the cryptocurrency has faced downward pressure from regulatory threats and a decline in capital inflows into crypto investment products. Additionally, Bitcoin’s recent halving event, which reduced the per-block coin emission to 3.125 BTC, has influenced miner profitability and overall market dynamics.

CPI In Line with Expectations in April

The CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose by 0.3% in April 2024, a slight decrease from the 0.4% increase recorded in March. Year-over-year, the all-items index increased by 3.4%, aligning with economists’ expectations and marginally lower than the 3.5% rise seen in March.

Core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices, increased by 0.3% in April, consistent with forecasts but down from the 0.4% increase in March. The indexes for shelter and gasoline were the primary drivers of the monthly CPI increase, collectively accounting for more than 70% of the overall rise.

The CPI is a crucial indicator of inflation, reflecting the cost of living and influencing the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions. Stable or lower-than-expected CPI figures can alleviate market concerns about aggressive interest rate hikes, which typically hurt investment assets like Bitcoin.

The April CPI data has raised hopes for potential Fed rate cuts, although current inflation levels and economic growth still warrant caution. Moreover, CPI data affects consumer confidence and spending patterns, which are critical for economic health and investment climates.

The Relationship Between Bitcoin and Inflation Data

Bitcoin’s price often responds to inflation data and monetary policy signals, as some investors perceive it as a hedge against inflation.

Positive CPI data can lead to a stronger dollar and higher interest rates, potentially reducing Bitcoin’s appeal as an alternative investment. Conversely, softer inflation data, as observed in April 2024, can boost Bitcoin prices by lowering expectations of aggressive rate hikes, thus maintaining a more favorable investment environment.

In addition to CPI data, Bitcoin’s market behavior is influenced by broader economic indicators, such as retail sales and the Producer Price Index (PPI), which can provide early signals of inflation trends. Furthermore, regulatory developments and capital flows into cryptocurrency products further intertwine Bitcoin’s performance with inflation and economic policies.

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