Brief Overview of Bitcoin Market Trends

Martin Walker
Oct 8, 2023 at 10:42 am

Bitcoin, the renowned cryptocurrency often denoted as BTC, went through a notable price decrease, reaching a level of $27,892. This change in value occurred in conjunction with the opening of Wall Street on October 6, lending an air of intrigue to the market dynamics.

BTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingViewBTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView 

Analysis: Employment Figures Fall Short of Federal Reserve Expectations

Upon a meticulous analysis, it became apparent that this dip was triggered by an unexpected twist in the employment data emanating from the United States. This unexpected turn injected an element of uncertainty into the market, setting off a chain of reactions.

A more detailed look into the data revealed that the jobs report was not well-received by the Federal Reserve, causing a notable 2.1% drop in BTC's value within the span of a single hour. However, the market soon witnessed a bounce-back, allowing the bulls to recover the earlier losses and recenter their focus on the $27,700 price range, which was an area of significant interest prior to the data release.

The sudden surge in market volatility can be directly attributed to the U.S. non-farm payrolls (NFP) report for September, which surpassed expectations by adding 336,000 jobs as opposed to the predicted 170,000. Despite this ostensibly positive news, it was viewed in a negative light for risk assets, including the cryptocurrency realm, as it signified the labor market's unexpected resilience against the Federal Reserve's attempts to curb inflation through interest rate hikes.

In the midst of this market turbulence, popular trader CrypNuevo voiced concerns regarding the labor market's strength, interpreting the positive jobs data as a potential hurdle to the Fed's monetary objectives. CrypNuevo also underscored the growing probability of a rate hike during the November meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, seeing the data as an amplified threat for a 25 basis point hike.

Fed target rate probabilities chart. Source: CME GroupFed target rate probabilities chart. Source: CME Group 

Furthermore, the upcoming release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was identified as a pivotal moment in the realm of inflation indicators for Fed policy. Anticipation built up as the market eagerly awaited this event, expecting it to offer a clearer perspective on the market's trajectory and potential opportunities.

In light of these unfolding events, both the financial markets and the Federal Reserve found themselves under pressure. Initial expectations, which implied a potential pause in Fed actions until June 2024, underwent a significant shift, pushing the speculated pause to July 2024. This shift was met with a swift reaction from market futures, displaying a sharp decline—a scenario completely contrary to the Fed's desired outcomes.

Bitcoin's Open Interest Experiences a Decline

Shifting the focus to Bitcoin's reaction, trader Skew observed traders in both the spot and derivatives markets reacting to the NFP print. 

Although there was a subtle shift in the probability of a November 1 rate hike, the consensus rested on the importance of Fed tone and posturing in determining the likelihood of such an event.

Additionally, trader Daan Crypto Trades pointed out a decline in Bitcoin's open interest (OI), a critical indicator often influencing market dynamics. The reduction in OI, amounting to $600 million since the previous day's peak, was viewed as a move towards levels that are more sustainable and in line with market norms.

BTC/USD chart with aggregated OI. Source: Daan Crypto Trades/XBTC/USD chart with aggregated OI. Source: Daan Crypto Trades/X

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