Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin Trade Mixed After Fed Resumes Rate Hikes: Analyst Warns King Crypto At High Risk Of Correction Post Halving

Zinger Key Points
  • Major cryptocurrencies experienced a decline in response to the U.S. central bank's decision to raise interest rates.
  • Despite the rate hike, investors remain hopeful that the Federal Reserve will eventually stop raising rates.
  • Bitcoin is currently lower than its peak earlier this month, but there is anticipation for it to resume its upward trend.

Major cryptocurrencies traded mixed Wednesday evening in response to the U.S. central bank’s decision to raise the interest rate by 25 basis points (bps). 

CryptocurrencyGains +/-Price (Recorded 9:30 p.m. EDT)
Bitcoin BTC/USD+0.79%$29,373
Ethereum ETH/USD+1%$1873
Dogecoin DOGE/USD-3.69%$0.077

What Happened: Despite the rate hike, investors remain hopeful that the Federal Reserve will eventually cease its series of interest rate increases, fueling anticipation among market participants.

Following the rate hike, Fed Chair Jerome Powell once again expressed the bank’s willingness to consider increasing interest rates.

Bitcoin is considerably lower than its peak earlier this month at $31,800. On Monday, BTC briefly fell below the $29,000 mark.

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CryptocurrencyGains +/-Price (Recorded 9:30 p.m. EDT)

Currently, the global crypto market capitalization stands at $1.18 trillion, a 0.93% increase in the last day.

The US stock market experienced a decline on Wednesday following a Federal Reserve rate hike and major corporate earnings. The S&P 500 ended at 4,566.75, showing a 0.02% decline, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.12% to close at 14,127.28.

During its meeting, the Federal Reserve raised rates to their highest level in more than 22 years by implementing a quarter-point hike. However, Treasury yields decreased after Powell suggested the possibility of the central bank pausing again.

"I would say it's certainly possible that we will raise funds again at the September meeting if the data warranted. And I would also say it's possible that we would choose to hold steady and we're going to be making careful assessments, as I said, meeting by meeting," said Powell at a press conference following the decision.

The next rate decision by the Fed will occur on September 20.

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Analyst Notes: "Bitcoin caught a modest bid after the Fed decision triggered a modest risk-on rally.  The Fed is most likely done raising rates and that should provide some relief to the interest rate sensitive sectors in the cryptoverse," wrote OANDA Senior Market Analyst Edward Moya.

Crypto Analyst Michael Van de Poppe expects that there will be no more rate hikes in the near future. However, he is concerned about the FED’s projection that there will not be a recession, as it is highly likely that one will occur. Furthermore, Van de Poppe anticipates a poor GDP report tomorrow, which could potentially cause a dip in the price of Bitcoin before it resumes its upward trend.

Crypto analyst Benjamin Cowen is alerting traders to a potential risk with Bitcoin, highlighting historical patterns that suggest the king crypto may be prone to corrections post-halving.

According to the analyst, BTC often surpasses its bull market support band in the first half of pre-halving years, only to swiftly drop below it in the third quarter.

To support his argument, Cowen points to notable instances of BTC following this trend in 2011, 2015, and 2019.

"It’s just that normally, in the pre-halving years we will see Bitcoin do well for a good portion of it, but then sometime around the third quarter, we see it fail to hold the bull market support band," he added.

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