Bitcoin soars past $24K while Ethereum approaches $2K amidst lower-than-expected inflation data
While lower-than-expected inflation data is indeed welcome news, it is still unlikely to significantly affect Fed’s current policy.
Fri, 12 Aug 2022, 02:16 am UTC
Bitcoin and Ethereum soared significantly higher on Thursday after the Fed released the latest consumer price index (CPI) data. BTC rose by almost $1,000 in just minutes and soared past $24,000 while ETH was on its way to reaching the $2,000 mark.
Bitcoin rose to as high as $24,809 on Thursday after the release of the latest inflation data. However, BTC could not maintain its upward trajectory and, at the time of writing, the world’s largest crypto by market cap traded at $23,955, based on Coinmarketcap data.
Ether, the native crypto of the Ethereum network, mirrored Bitcoin’s price movement and rose higher on Thursday. ETH rose as high as $1,927 per token before retreating to its current price of $1,887 per coin.
The recent spike in crypto prices came after the Fed released lower-than-expected inflation data. The headline consumer price index (CPI) for July rose by 8.5 percent, which is lower than analysts’ estimate of 8.7 percent, according to UToday.
The lower-than-expected inflation data were mainly due to the significant decline in gas and energy prices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, energy prices declined by 4.6 percent while gasoline fell by 7.7 percent on a monthly bases, CNBC reported. These declines offset the 1.1 percent rise in food prices and 0.5 percent in rent.
Despite the monthly drop in energy prices, the energy index is still up 32.9 percent from a year ago. Meanwhile, electricity prices posted a monthly rise of 1.6 percent and is up 15.2 percent from a year ago.
The new inflation data was greeted positively by markets. Dow futures soared by more than 400 while government bond yields declined sharply.
While lower-than-expected inflation data is indeed welcome news, it is still unlikely to significantly affect Fed’s current policy. “This is a necessary print for the Fed, but it’s not sufficient,” Barclays' Michael Pond commented following the cooler-than-expected July CPI.
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