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Bitcoin price hits $17K on US PPI as trader warns of ‘final capitulation’

Bitcoin (BTC) spiked to $17,000 at the Nov. 15 Wall Street open as fresh United States economic data continued to show inflation cooling.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

“Good” PPI boosts risk assets

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it came closer to multi-day highs.

Volatility had returned an hour before the open as the U.S. Producer Price Index (PPI) came in below expectations.

Core PPI was unchanged month-on-month, with the PPI overall up 0.2% versus the 0.4% forecast. Year-on-year PPI was 8% versus the 8.3% forecast.

The data, already in stark contrast to last month’s PPI, follows on from October’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) readout last week, this also showing that price increases in the U.S. were slowing.

An ostensibly good sign for crypto along with risk assets, lower numbers theoretically increase the likelihood of an earlier pivot in hawkish economic policy from the Federal Reserve.

“Good CPI & Good PPI,” Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, reacted.

Others were more suspicious of the results in light of such aggressive quantitative tightening (QT) measures.

“The PPI is the inflation number Fed uses to make decisions,” popular analyst Venturefounder wrote in part of a Twitter analysis.

“Market rallies on the news, inflation may have peaked but I think the most alarming part is after record QT for almost a year the PPI is still at 8%.”U.S. Producer Price Index (PPI) chart. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Stocks naturally appreciated the latest economic changes, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index up 1.7% and 2.4%, respectively, at the open.

The already precarious U.S. dollar index (DXY), meanwhile, felt the pressure, briefly dropping below 105.5 to its lowest levels since mid-August.

U.S. dollar index (DXY) 1-day candle chart. Source: TradingView

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