Bitcoin Price Breaks $18,200 – CPI Comes In Better Than Expected

The first of two key events in a historic week for Bitcoin and financial markets worldwide is in the books.

While the CPI release was today at 8:30 ET, the last FOMC meeting of the year is scheduled to take place tomorrow featuring a new dot plot. CPI and FOMC coincide this week for the first time in a while, making it blockbuster week for Bitcoin.

And drum roll! The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November figures for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Core CPI a few minutes ago.

The expectation for CPI was 7.3% CPI (0.3% MoM), up from 7.7% (0.4% MoM) in October. Core CPI was expected at 6.1% (0.3% MoM), and was 6.3% (0.3% MoM) the previous month.

The new numbers for November read as follows: CPI fell 0.6% and was 7.1% in November. Thus, the CPI comes in 0.2% better than expected.

Core CPI was 6.0 % in November, falling by 0.3% from the previous month. Compared to the prediction, Core CPI is 0.1% below expectation.

Already in the run-up to the print, the bulls pushed the Bitcoin price up in anticipation of positive data. The price stood at around $17,550 before the announcement.

After the release, the price reacted extremely bullish to the news along with the S&P 500. The latter is currently breaking out of a year-long downtrend.

At press time, BTC was up almost 6% within the last 24 hours and was trading at $17,907. With a local high of $18,209, the price was rejected at the 2-month high of November 11 for the moment being.

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Bitcoin price, 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

What Will The Federal Reserve Do With The Data?

Prior to the CPI data release, the market was forecasting a rate hike of 50 bps with a 72% probability, according to the CME FedWatch tool. This is compared to a 28% probability of a 75 bps hike.

Within the next few hours, it remains to be seen how this rate will shift due to the CPI print. At press time, however, the probability of a 50 basis point jumped significantly to 79.4%, according to the CME FedWatch tool.

Today’s CPI print has thus further increased the probability for 50 bps tomorrow.

As NewsBTC reported, JP Morgan published an analysis before releasing the CPI data, according to which it gave the highest probability (50%) of a CPI print of 7.2% to 7.4%. As it turns out, JP Morgan was almost spot on with this assessment.

JP Morgan assigned only a 15% chance to the 7.1% outcome and predicted that this could mean increases of 4% to 5% for the S&P 500.

Goldman Sachs forecasts that today’s CPI print could mean a 2% to 3% increase for the S&P 500.

However, ultimately the FED will decide tomorrow what to do with the CPI data. As NewsBTC reported, it will also publish the dot plot, which reflects the central bank’s long-term expectations and outlook.

So whether the rally will find a continuation or abruptly stop will depend on whether the FED plays along.