Bitcoin Nears $60,000 as Lower Inflation Calms Worries

Bitcoin has jumped after a long slump as US inflation data shows an unexpected slowdown.

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  • The Bitcoin price has surged after positive US inflation data.
  • Lower-than-expected CPI numbers have indicated a slowdown.
  • Price movement has suggested a possible Bitcoin resurgence.

After weeks of trading under a cloud of negative pressure, Bitcoin bulls finally have a reason to cheer. Today, the cryptocurrency market experienced a surge in volatility following the release of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. Bitcoin responded positively jumping to nearly $60,000 before falling to around $58,700 as of writing.

CPI Slowdown Sparks Bitcoin Price Jump

This positive reaction comes after weeks of downward pressure on Bitcoin’s price, which fell to $53,500 due to factors like Mt. Gox refunds and German government sales. However, the latest CPI data suggests a potential turning point.

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The CPI, a key indicator of inflation, showed a 0.1% decrease in June compared to the expected 0.1% increase. This signals a slowdown in inflation, which is typically seen as positive news for riskier assets like Bitcoin. Lower inflation could prompt the Federal Reserve to loosen its monetary policy, potentially leading to increased investment in Bitcoin as borrowing costs decrease.

Here’s a breakdown of the key data points:

  • Consumer Price Index (Monthly): Announced -0.1%, Expected 0.1%, Previous 0.0%.
  • Consumer Price Index (Annual): Announced 3.0%, Expected 3.1%, Previous 3.3%.
  • Core Consumer Price Index (Monthly): Announced 0.1%, Expected 0.2%, Previous 0.2%.
  • Core Consumer Price Index (Annual): Announced 3.3%, Expected 3.4%, Previous 3.4%.

While year-over-year inflation remains above the Federal Reserve’s target of 2%, the downward trend is encouraging.

Unemployment Numbers Boost Bitcoin

The lower-than-expected inflation numbers were accompanied by positive data on unemployment claims, which came in at 222,000 compared to the expected 236,000. This overall positive economic outlook is likely contributing to the bullish sentiment in the cryptocurrency market.

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While Bitcoin initially surged on the news, it’s important to remember that the market remains volatile. Investors should carefully consider their risk tolerance before making any investment decisions. However, today’s price movement suggests that Bitcoin could be poised for a comeback as inflation fears recede.

On the Flipside

  • Bitcoin’s price jump was significant, but it’s unclear if it represents a sustained trend or a short-term reaction to the CPI data.
  • The cryptocurrency market is known for its volatility, and further price swings could occur, as evidenced by Bitcoin already dropping 1.5% since the CPI high.

Why This Matters

This CPI report signifies a potential shift in the economic landscape, with lower inflation potentially leading the Federal Reserve to loosen its grip. This, in turn, could trigger a wave of investment into Bitcoin as borrowing becomes cheaper, marking a potential turning point for the cryptocurrency market after weeks of decline.

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Author
Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.