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Bitcoin Traders Brace For US Jobs Data 📅

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BTC Pause Continues

Bitcoin traders brace for US jobs data. Bitcoin prices continue to trade around the midpoint of the 64540 – 74325 range for now as traders await the upcoming US jobs data later today. Yesterday, Bitcoin futures rallied sharply on the day, moving back up to highs of around 69355 before hawkish comments from Fed’s Kashkari dented the move.

Hawkish Fed Comments

Breaking from the more dovish comments we heard earlier in the week from Fed’s Mester, Kashkari warned that unless inflation takes another leg lower, the Fed might not need to cut rates this year at all. At the latest meeting, Kashkari projected only two rates this year, below the consensus three.

Jobs Data Risks

Kashkari’s comments show that hawkish risks remain, putting greater focus on today’s jobs data. Simply put, if today’s data shows a weakening of the labour market, this should strengthen the view that the Fed is moving closer to cutting rates in June. However, if data remains strong yet again, near-term rate cut chances will weaken in line with Powell’s guidance that the Fed needs further evidence before beginning easing. The read through for BTC today is that bulls need to see a downside surprise to help spark a fresh rally. If we see any upside surprises, however, this could well see the BTC correction make a further move down.

Technical Views - BTC

The correction lower from 74325 has settled into a range between 60695, framed by a contracting triangle pattern. Momentum studies have faded for now. However, while the 60695-level underpinning price action, the bull trend remains intact and the focus is on an eventual break higher. 

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