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2023-12-08 12:56 PM

Bitcoin Eyes Correction Amid US Payroll Data, SA Investors Watch

  • Impact of US Nonfarm Payrolls on Bitcoin: The upcoming US Nonfarm Payrolls report, expected to show an increase in jobs, could lead to a dip in Bitcoin's value due to its correlation with macro-financial trends.
  • Federal Reserve's Interest Rate Policy: A stronger-than-expected jobs report may result in the Federal Reserve maintaining higher interest rates to control inflation, influencing Bitcoin’s price movement.
  • Bitcoin's Price Scenario: Currently trading at $43,241, Bitcoin faces potential correction to $42,000 or $40,000. However, a weaker NFP report or positive market cues could prompt a rebound and further price increase.
By Nonhlanhla

Bitcoin’s price, similar to other assets, is sensitive to macro-financial developments, including the US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) report. In South Africa, where cryptocurrency investment is growing, the upcoming NFP data is being closely watched for its potential impact on BTC’s value.

Impact of the November NFP Data on Bitcoin

The forecast for November’s NFP figures is set at 180,000, an increase from October’s 150,000, with the unemployment rate expected to remain at 3.9%. Historically, strong NFP reports, indicative of job growth, have strengthened the US dollar, negatively impacting stocks and commodities. As crypto, particularly Bitcoin, shares a positive correlation with the stock market, it often faces a correction in such scenarios.

Federal Reserve’s Policy and Bitcoin Price Correction

A strong NFP report might lead the Federal Reserve to maintain higher interest rates, around 5.25% to 5.50%, to manage inflation, impacting Bitcoin’s price. However, given the bullish trends in stock markets and anticipation of potential spot BTC ETF approvals, the decline in Bitcoin’s price might be limited.

Current Trading and Potential Outcomes

Bitcoin is currently trading at $43,241, with a slight bearish tilt in the short-term, as indicated by the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator. If the NFP report is stronger than expected, Bitcoin might fall to $42,000 or even $40,000. However, a weaker report or bullish market cues could trigger a rebound from $42,000, potentially driving Bitcoin past $44,500 and invalidating bearish predictions.

South Africa’s Growing Crypto Interest

This interplay between global economic reports and cryptocurrency prices is particularly relevant in South Africa, where the burgeoning interest in digital currencies makes the global financial climate a key factor for local investors. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for South African investors to navigate the volatile crypto market effectively.

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Nonhlanhla P Dube is a senior news reporter. Nonhlanhla is a student of International Relations at the University of South Africa. She reports primarily on personal finance and economics. You can contact her on: Email:

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