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Bitcoin Stumbles as Strong U.S. Job Data Sparks Rate Hike Fears

On February 2nd, Bitcoin experienced a sudden drop as the Wall Street trading day began, with a notable $500 hourly candle dip recorded on Bitstamp.

This unexpected plunge was in direct response to the release of the United States unemployment data, which revealed a surprising surge.

The figures for January nonfarm payrolls came in at a staggering 353,000, almost double the expected 185,000, catching both the market and analysts off guard.

The immediate market reaction suggested that the previously assumed negative impact of restrictive economic policies on the U.S. economy might be less severe than anticipated.

This led to concerns that interest rates could remain elevated for a longer period, potentially reducing liquidity in various asset classes, including cryptocurrencies.

On January 31st, the Federal Reserve had unanimously decided to maintain interest rates at their existing levels, with Fed Chair Jerome Powell trying to quell speculation about rate cuts occurring in March.

The release of the jobless data further cemented the belief that a rate cut before May was unlikely, causing the odds of such a move in March to drop from 45% earlier in the week to 17.5%.

Caleb Franzen, the founder of Cubic Analytics, responded to the data by highlighting that revisions had actually increased the December job figures, suggesting that doubters of the economy were consistently proven wrong.

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Financial commentator Tedtalksmacro remained optimistic, asserting that strong employment data was beneficial in the long run, and the market had simply overreacted by pricing in rate cuts prematurely.

In addition to these challenges, the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) surged to new 2024 highs, exerting further pressure on the cryptocurrency market.

However, there was a glimmer of hope for Bitcoin enthusiasts as outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), a recently launched spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), provided some relief.

Coinbase received 4,400 BTC in inflows on that day, a decrease from previous days and a significant drop from the peak of 25,000 BTC observed in January.

Despite this, total net inflows reached $38 million, signifying continued interest in cryptocurrencies.

In a volatile market shaped by economic data and monetary policy speculation, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies faced uncertainty and challenges, with traders and analysts closely monitoring every development.

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