Bitcoin (BTC) has gained momentum to surge past $19K after dropping to lows of $18.3K after the U.S. inflation data was released on October 13.
Market analyst Ali Martinez believes the leading cryptocurrency should stay above $19,200 to reduce selling pressure because this is a significant level. He pointed out:
“Roughly 2.5 million addresses bought nearly 1.5 million BTC at $19,200. The longer Bitcoin continues trading below $19,000, the higher the pressure these investors will feel to exit their long BTC positions to cut losses short. Consequently accelerating the downward pressure.”
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published the latest inflation figures with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all urban consumers growing by 0.4% in September, Blockchain.News reported.
As a result, a broad market reaction emerged, sending shivers down the crypto market, with Bitcoin dropping to lows of $18,319.
Crypto insight provider Santiment stated:
“Thursday has been an expectedly volatile day after inflation data was released. Bitcoin dropped to $18.3k, its lowest price level since September 21st. However, as traders were in the midst of stopping the bleeding, BTC & the SP500 rapidly recovered.”
Even though Bitcoin’s social dominance has dropped based on the back-and-forth experienced in the market, the leading cryptocurrency was up by 3.38% in the last 24 hours to hit $19,623 during intraday trading, according to CoinMarketCap.
Since some traders have been eyeing short-term pumps, this has also caused BTC’s social dominance to decrease. Santiment explained:
“Traders are chasing short-term pumps right now to salvage losses. Weak hands dropped out of crypto in 2022, & long-term traders are waiting for Bitcoin to begin receiving the spotlight again. When BTC social dominance is high, prices typically rise.”
The U.S. Federal System has resorted to interest rate hikes to tame runaway inflation, which has been detrimental to the crypto market. With the latest CPI data being higher than expected, it remains to be seen what move the Fed will take next month.
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