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Bitcoin price targets 8-week highs as Ethereum reaches $1.8K

Bitcoin (BTC) looked to target new August highs at the Aug. 8 Wall Street open as upcoming United States inflation data fueled sentiment.

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

$25,000 next major BTC resistance

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it hit $24,246 on Bitstamp, its best since July 30.

The pair was within striking distance of its highest since mid-June at the time of writing, while traders and analysts scanned the charts for signs of resistance.

For on-chain monitoring resource Material Indicators, this came in the form of sellers at $25,000 and Bitcoin’s 100-day moving average (MA).

“Bear Market Rally is pumping ahead of this week’s CPI report,” it wrote as part of its latest Twitter update.

An accompanying chart showed long signals still characterizing the daily chart, with the 100-day MA sitting at around $25,650.

Order book data from largest global exchange Binance reinforced expectations of friction in that area, as sell liquidity was mounting around the $25,000 mark.

BTC/USD 1-day candle chart (Bitstamp) with 100-day MA. Source: TradingView

Running the show on risk assets was the Aug. 10 Consumer Price Index (CPI) print, with markets waiting to see if inflation in the U.S. had set a peak.

While this would notionally allow crypto some breathing space, commentators pointed out that the risk of a major stock market correction remained, with crypto still heavily correlated.

Moves by Larry Fink, CEO of the world’s largest asset manager BlackRock, exacerbated concerns that risk assets were simply in the midst of an extended bear market relief rally.

After last week’s partnership with U.S. exchange Coinbase, Fink sold a tranche of more than 44,000 BlackRock shares this month, his first major sale since the months before the March 2020 COVID-19 crash. Concerns thus focused on whether Fink now knew something that the majority did not.

LARRY FINK CEO OF BLACKROCK WHICH IS THE WORLDS LARGEST ASSET MANAGER WITH OVER 10 TRILLION IN ASSETS SOLD ANOTHER 8% OF HIS OWN STOCK LAST WEEK. THIS IS HIS BIGGEST…

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