Bitcoin (BTC) fell back in line at the June 12 Wall Street open after a brief macroeconomic data jolt failed to shift the status quo.
Markets expect first Fed pause since 2021
The largest cryptocurrency saw a brief spike toward $26,500 on the back of the latest United States Consumer Price Index (CPI) print, which came in below expectations.
While ostensibly a boon to risk assets, crypto markets remained cautious on the day, with comments from the Federal Reserve and further macro prints due in the coming days.
Equities: Full Bull.
Crypto: Can’t even muster a small pop for us to get short.
What a shame lol
— Crypto Chase (@Crypto_Chase) June 13, 2023
Bets on the Fed pausing its rate hike cycle on June 14 after the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), meanwhile, climbed following the CPI event. At the time of writing, per CME Group’s FedWatch Tool, the odds stood at over 90%, having started the day at 75%.
“Disinflation continues!” financial commentator Tedtalksmacro reacted.
“Headline CPI prints at +4.0% YoY, which now takes the 3-month annualised rate to +2.21%. The Fed have long targeted 2.0%. PAUSE.”
Trading firm QCP Capital likewise believed that “consensus has it right” — that the Fed would not raise rates further — at least this time.
“Based on high frequency indicators, US inflation is falling rapidly, which will enable the FOMC to make this week’s meeting their first pause in more than a year,” it wrote in a market update on the day.
QCP acknowledged that subsequent FOMC meetings may yield different results, in order to “appease” more hawkish committee members.
“Furthermore we think the easing of financial conditions as a result of this massive melt-up equity rally will play at the back of their minds,” it added.
BTC price: Where’s the volatility?
Multiple commentators, meanwhile, noted that BTC/USD had closed the gap in CME Bitcoin futures from the weekend.
— Daan Crypto Trades (@DaanCrypto) June 13, 2023
Analyzing what could come next, Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, was torn, nonetheless flagging $25,000 as a potential downside entry point.
CME gap closed of #Bitcoin.
Dump into FOMC as FOMC hikes 25bps and then bounce back up as Powell states that they’ll pause or unemployment claims come in higher than expected?
All on the cards as a scenario.
In that case, bidding around $25K makes sense or flip $26.5K
— Michaël van de Poppe (@CryptoMichNL) June 13, 2023
Data from the Binance order book uploaded to social media by monitoring resource Material Indicators, meanwhile, showed a lack of liquidity near spot price prior to the print, with clearly defined support and resistance.
— Material Indicators (@MI_Algos) June 13, 2023
“Bulls are looking for a boost from the Economic Data coming today and tomorrow to reclaim the range,” part of a prior post commented about daily timeframes.
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