Bitcoin Rally Loses Momentum as Expectations for Fed Shift Eases

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Bitcoin’s two-day resurgence ran out of steam after strong economic data dashed hopes for a relaxation in hawkish central bank policies. 

Bitcoin, the largest digital coin by market value, dipped as much as 2.9% on Wednesday to trade as low as $19,752, before trading little changed. That’s a reversal from the prior day’s trading, when Bitcoin moved above $20,000 to gain alongside the S&P 500 Index. US stocks also slumped on Wednesday, dropping as much as 1.8% after a two-day rally.

Ether sank as much as 3.3%, while other so-called altcoins like Cardano and Solana dipped lower. Dogecoin sank as much as 3.8%, a reversal from the prior session when the coin gain as much as 9.5%. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, an ardent supporter of the token, revived his $44 billion bid for Twitter Inc. on Tuesday. 

Economic data showed better-than-estimated growth for US service providers as well as companies’ strong demand for workers. Those figures could weigh on investors’ hopes for a more dovish Federal Reserve.

Stephane Ouellette, chief executive of FRNT Financial Inc, a crypto brokerage firm, said that even though Bitcoin and the S&P 500 are both declining, Bitcoin’s move is relatively more muted. 

“Typically BTC volatility is at least 3-4x higher than SPX volatility,” Ouellette wrote to Bloomberg News. Bitcoin’s drop is “the equivalent of a much smaller move in equities,” he added.

Source: Bloomberg

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