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Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Resilience Holds After Another Big Week For USD

Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Resilience Holds After Another Big Week For USD

Tammy Da Costa, Analyst

Bitcoin (BTC) Fundamental Outlook: Neutral

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Bitcoin Holds Steady Despite Recession Risks

Recession risks remain elevated after US CPI (Consumer Price Index) data for June surpassed expectations once again, reaching another four-decade high of 9.1% (YoY). With market participants now pricing in a Fed rate hike of at least 75 (or a possible 100) basis point rate hike later this month, the current geopolitical backdrop does not bode well for speculative assets.

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That being said, after the release of the May US CPI print, Bitcoin prices fell sharply, with the downtrend gaining traction throughout last month. However, after this week’s release, Bitcoin prices pulled back slightly before bulls were able to drive price action back above the $20,000 psychological level.

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With BTC/USD still trading within the same range that has encapsulated price action over the past month, positive retail sales data and an optimistic Michigan Sentiment report provided some reprieve for cryptocurrency and equities, capping the downward move.

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If recession fears intensify, Bitcoin and its peers remain vulnerable to further declines with the technical levels forming additional zones of support and resistance.

As long as the $20,000 mark holds, bulls have an opportunity to drive prices higher with bears gaining favor if prices fall back below $18,000.

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--- Written by Tammy Da Costa, Analyst for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow Tammy on Twitter: @Tams707

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