Our experts have analysed the market situation and outlined how it could change in the short term for Bitcoin
The week from 3 to 9 July was quite peaceful for the Bitcoin market. The price of the cryptocurrency fluctuated between $29,800 and $31,500. Significant volatility was seen on Monday (3 July) and Thursday (6 July). On these days, buyers tried to overcome the resistance level in the range of $31,400 to $31,500, but failed to succeed.
At the beginning of the week the price reached $31,380. However, due to the Independence Day celebrations in the USA on the 4th of July, a corrective movement was seen in all markets. Which lasted until the publication of the minutes of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting. The correction of the BTC/USDt pair was temporary and the price recovered to $31,500 from $30,200.
The minutes of the Fed meeting showed that interest rates remained unchanged. But raised expectations of a possible increase at the next meeting. This was one of the reasons for Bitcoin’s price fluctuations.
The growth of the dollar index and the fall of stock indices forced many investors to close long positions due to concerns about the U.S. economy. A correction started from the $31,500 level. The US private sector employment report released by ADP. And showed a stronger increase in private sector jobs by 497 thousand in June than expected. The data indicated that the US labour market remains strong despite the Fed’s tightening of monetary policy. They raised investor concerns about a possible more aggressive tightening of the Fed’s monetary policy.
Opportunity for growth remains
The US Department of Labour reported that data on non-farm payrolls for June showed the addition of 209 thousand jobs. And while the forecast expected the addition of 225 thousand jobs. This led to the weakening of the US dollar. The unemployment rate was 3.6% compared to the previous reading of 3.7%. And average hourly earnings rose 4.4% year-on-year, up from 4.2% in the previous month, adding to inflationary pressures.
According to CME Group, there is a 93% chance of an interest rate hike of 25 basis points to 5.25-5.5%. A rate hike favours a stronger local currency. Given that the market has already taken this hike into account, we can expect the dollar to decline further after the announcement of the US Federal Reserve’s decision.
Next week, special attention will be paid to inflation indicators in the US after the publication of labour market data. The consumer price index (CPI) for June is expected to rise by 0.3% month-on-month. And the annualised rate is expected to fall from 4.0% to 3.1%. The core CPI is also expected to decline from 5.3% to 5.0%.
Our experts believe that there is still room for Bitcoin price to rise to the $34k level, which represents the target zone.