In the wake of fluctuating economic indicators, the cryptocurrency market demonstrated resilience, as Bitcoin reclaimed the fundamental $26,000 support level and Ether surged past the $1,600 mark. The rally follows the U.S. consumer price index (CPI) data release for August, which showed a year-on-year acceleration, though core CPI exhibited a slowdown.
Key Market Movements:
- Bitcoin rose by 1.45% over the past 24 hours to reach $26,251.64, as per CoinMarketCap data.
- Ether posted a 0.95% increase to trade at $1,609.32.
- Solana led the top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies with a 24-hour gain of over 2%.
According to John Stefanidis, CEO and co-founder of blockchain infrastructure DAO, Balthazar DAO, the resilience of the crypto market is partly attributed to the steady CPI data. He added that the market appears to have priced in the approved sale of bankrupt crypto exchange FTX’s $3.4 billion crypto asset portfolio, which will be liquidated at a cap of $100 million per week.
- The August U.S. CPI rose 3.7% year-on-year, accelerating from 3.2% in July.
- Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, increased by 4.3% year-on-year in August, decelerating from 4.7% in July.
Despite the mixed inflation data, experts like Conrad DeQuadros, senior economic advisor at U.S.-based investment bank Brean Capital, suggest it won’t prompt an immediate Fed rate hike. Meanwhile, J.P. Morgan Asset Management expects the Federal Reserve to hold off on further interest rate increases in this monetary tightening cycle.
- U.S. stock futures were up, and most Asian stock indexes recorded gains.
- The total crypto market capitalization rose 1.07% over the past 24 hours to $1.04 trillion.
- Visa announced a partnership with Solana on September 5, noting Solana’s scalability and low transaction costs make it a suitable candidate for payments and stablecoin settlements.
With the U.S. August producer price index (PPI) slated for release soon, investors are closely watching for any impact on the Fed’s monetary policies. The market anticipates a 1.2% year-on-year increase in PPI, up from 0.8% in July, which could offer further insights into inflation trends and subsequent monetary policy decisions.
Despite ongoing economic uncertainties and potential headwinds from asset liquidations, the crypto market has found a stable footing. How it will respond to future macroeconomic indicators and central bank decisions remains a subject of keen interest.