Bitcoin price flirts with $30,000 mark during sustained rally

Quick Take

  • Bitcoin has hit the $30,000 mark, sustaining a week-long rally that has seen the digital asset gain 12% in the past week.
  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has suggested there could be a rate pause at the next FOMC meeting.

Bitcoin BTC + has sustained its week-long rally and rallied up against the $30,000 mark on Friday, briefly rising above it.

The world's largest digital asset by market cap is up 5% in the past 24 hours, now changing hands for $29,970 at 6:55 a.m. ET, according to CoinGecko. The global cryptocurrency market cap increased today to $1.18 trillion, a rise of 5.0% in the last 24 hours, according to CoinGecko

The news comes after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's statement in New York on Thursday. Powell indicated the Fed is likely to pause interest rate hikes at the next FOMC meeting. He cited economic uncertainties and risks. "Tight policy is putting downward pressure on economic activity and inflation," Powell said during a discussion at the Economic Club of New York.


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Bitcoin's break-out above the $30,000 mark comes five days after the digital asset briefly touched the $30,000 mark on Monday. The brief spike was ignited by a false report that inaccurately asserted BlackRock's proposed spot bitcoin ETF had gained approval.

The digital asset's week-long rally has attracted positive commentary from senior figures in institutional finance. BlackRock's Larry Fink weighed in on Monday, suggesting the rally had more substance than the false report that ignited it. Fink proposed that investors seeking "a flight to quality" also contributed to the rally.

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Brian McGleenon is a UK-based markets reporter for The Block. He has worked as a financial journalist and producer for multiple news outlets over the years, such as Fuji Television, The Independent, Yahoo Finance, The Evening Standard, and The Daily Express. Brian is also a screenwriter and producer with one feature film produced and one in development with Northern Ireland Screen. Apart from web3 and cryptocurrency developments, he is also interested in geopolitics, environmental issues, artificial intelligence, and longevity research. Get in touch via email [email protected].


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