Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Forecast: Bitcoin Extends Gains Post-US CPI
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Bitcoin (BTC/USD), Litecoin (LTC/USD) Talking Points:
- Bitcoin prices reclaim $46,000 after US CPI (Consumer Price Index) eases expectations of near-term tapering
- USD dips, supporting demand for major cryptocurrency
- Litecoin (LTC/USD) retreats back into a well-defined range as ‘Walmart hoax’ unfolds
With softer US CPI data now being priced into markets, expectations of near-term tapering has temporarily eased, boosting demand for the two largest cryptocurrencies (in terms of market cap), Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Although many alt-coins have remained relatively flat, Litecoin (LTC/USD) currently remains under pressure after it was confirmed that the announcement of a partnership agreement between Walmart and Litecoin was in fact fake news.
The steep rally came to a rapid halt forcing bulls to give back the 30% gains achieved as a result of the ‘deal’.
Litecoin (LTC/USD) Hourly Chart
Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Price Action
Bitcoin prices have recovered from last week’s correction, reclaiming the key psychological level of $46,000. After falling below $44,000, failure to break the 38.2% Fibonacci level of the June – September move at $43,500, provided bulls the opportunity to drive prices back towards the near-term resistance, currently holding at $47,081 (the 23.6% retracement of the above-mentioned move).
Meanwhile, the moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) remains above the zero-line, at least for now.
With price action currently encapsulated between prominent levels, the ability to break above the key psychological level of $47,000 may give rise to further bullish momentum and a possible retest of $50,000.
Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Daily Chart
--- Written by Tammy Da Costa, Analyst for DailyFX.com
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