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Bitcoin Retreats to $34.2K Preceding U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls Announcement

Nov 4, 2023 at 09:00 am

The U.S. economy is holding steady with an unemployment rate of 3.8%. However, there is an anticipated slowdown in the year-over-year growth of average hourly earnings, expected to decrease from 4.2% to 4%.

Meanwhile, the cryptocurrency market, particularly Bitcoin (BTC), is experiencing a downturn as it anticipates a crucial U.S. data release. As of the latest update, Bitcoin is trading at $34,235, marking a 2% decline for the day. Earlier this week, prices briefly surged past the $36,000 mark, following a 15% increase from the previous week where it was trading around $30,000.

The U.S. Labor Department is scheduled to reveal the nonfarm payrolls data at 12:30 UTC. Projections indicate an addition of 180,000 jobs in October, a significant drop from the impressive 336,000 jobs added in September. The expected jobless rate remains at 3.8%, while the annual growth rate in average hourly earnings is projected to dip to 4% from 4.2%.

Ilan Solot, co-head of digital assets at Marex Solutions, suggests that an unexpectedly positive jobs report may have a dampening effect on risk assets. He explains, 

"Positive data could negatively impact markets – The overly optimistic interpretation of Powell's statements increases the risk of an unexpectedly positive NFP report. Soft job data will likely drive markets upward," 

as stated in X.

The Federal Reserve recently opted to maintain the benchmark borrowing rate at 5.25%. They explicitly mentioned that the tightening of financial and credit conditions for households and businesses is likely to impede economic activity, hiring, and inflation. This stance has led the market to believe that the Fed's tightening phase has come to an end, potentially paving the way for a future rate reduction. The Fed initiated its tightening cycle in March of the previous year, resulting in a significant 525 basis point increase in rates. The rapid succession of rate hikes played a role in last year's downturn in the crypto market.

A jobs report that surpasses expectations could challenge the dovish sentiment, potentially strengthening the dollar index and putting downward pressure on Bitcoin. This dynamic reflects the intricate interplay between economic indicators and the cryptocurrency market, highlighting the importance of monitoring both sectors for a comprehensive understanding of market trends.

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