Cryptocurrency prices plunged in today’s session, as markets reacted to the latest U.S. inflation report. Bitcoin fell by over $2,000 in the last 24 hours, as consumer prices fell by less than expected in the United States. Ethereum was also in the red, as the token dropped below $1,600.
Bitcoin (BTC) was trading lower in today’s session, as markets continued to react to the latest U.S. inflation report.
Following a peak of $22,673.82 on Tuesday, BTC/USD dropped to an intraday low of $20,062.67 earlier today.
Markets had expected August’s consumer price index (CPI) to come in at 8.1%, down from 8.5% the month prior.
However, with the CPI coming in at 8.3%, traders’ confidence faded, leading to a bloodbath across the crypto market.
Looking at the chart, this sell-off took place following a false breakout of the $22,600 resistance point, with prices now hovering around a key support point.
As of writing, BTC/USD is trading at $20,164.21, which is marginally below a floor of $20,600.
Should bearish sentiment remain throughout the day, we could potentially see traders target a lower support level of $19,300.
Ethereum (ETH) was also subjected to the bearish onslaught, as the token fell below $1,600 the day before the anticipated start of The Merge event.
Less than 24 hours after hitting a high of $1,637.05, the world’s second largest cryptocurrency dropped to a bottom of $1,564.03 on Wednesday.
The drop in ETH/USD sees the token hit its lowest point in the last week, taking it close to a long-term floor of $1,550 in the process.
Bulls have so far resisted a breakout below this point, with many choosing to reenter and buy the current dip.
As of writing, ethereum is currently trading at $1,594.08, with bulls likely hoping to take prices back above $1,600.
Many still expect that ETH will rally in upcoming days, remaining optimistic about tomorrow’s Merge, and the long-term implications it could have.
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Eliman brings an eclectic point of view to market analysis, he was previously a brokerage director and retail trading educator. Currently, he acts as a commentator across various asset classes, including Crypto, Stocks and FX.
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