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Bitcoin Price Pumps 5% to $65K After CPI Data – Can BTC Break Out of Its Current Range?

Joel Frank
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The bitcoin price is on the rise, launching past key resistance levels. Will it soar to new heights or will the rally fizzle out?
The latest US CPI data has fueled a rally in the bitcoin price, pushing it towards key resistance levels. Will BTC break out of its range?

The Bitcoin (BTC) price surged more than 5% back to the $65,000 level on Wednesday in the wake of US CPI inflation data showing moderating price pressures in April. This supports bets that the Fed will be able to ease interest rates a few times before the end of 2024.

The rise in the Bitcoin price came alongside a 0.9% jump to new all-time highs for the S&P 500. Meanwhile, US bond yields and the US Dollar Index slumped to one-month lows.

Traders are currently the most confident that there will be at least one cut by September in around one month. That’s according to CME data, which shows a 71% money market implied probability of at least one cut by September.

One day ago, the money market implied that the probability of at least one cut by September was around 65%.

Bitcoin now faces a crucial technical barrier in the form of its 50DMA at $65,166. If the Bitcoin price breaks above here and its May highs to around $65,500, further short-term upside could follow.

The next level to watch would be the late-April highs around $67,000. Beyond that, the next target would be a retest of yearly highs in the $73,000 area.

The Bitcoin price could soon surge back to yearly highs if it can break above these key levels.
The Bitcoin price could soon surge back to yearly highs if it can break above these key levels. Source: TradingView

Can the Bitcoin Price Break Out of Its Multi-Month Range?

Fears about a gradual rise in inflation in Q1 2024 have been a major headwind to Bitcoin in recent months.

Sticky inflation at the start of 2024 forced markets to price out aggressive Fed rate cuts. That’s probably the biggest reason Bitcoin stalled after hitting new record highs near $74,000 ahead of the halving.

It has since been locked within a consolidation range, trading mostly between $60,000 and $70,000. However, while not a game-changer, the latest inflation report shows signs the Q1 inflation bump won’t last.

If concerns about inflation ease from here on out, macroeconomic prospects could turn into a medium-term tailwind for Bitcoin rather than a headwind.

So, can the Bitcoin price break out of its multi-month range? Well, in recent years, May hasn’t been a good month for Bitcoin.

As per, Bitcoin fell 35% in 2021, 15.5% in 2022, and 7% in 2023. According to Steno Research, Bitcoin hasn’t performed well during the middle months of the year over the past five years.

Post-halving rallies typically don’t get going until 4-6 months after the halving. That would suggest no major push higher until after August.

But 2024 could be different as it’s an election year. Markets tend to rally into elections, breaking them from their normal bearish summer conditions.

Long-term Bitcoin price risks remain strongly tilted to the upside. Rate cuts, the halving, continued government spending, and demand for spot Bitcoin ETFs could push BTC above $100,000 in 2024 or 2025.

Disclaimer: Crypto is a high-risk asset class. This article is provided for informational purposes and does not constitute investment advice. You could lose all of your capital.