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Bitcoin price eyes $50K as the US Dollar retreats after hitting its one-year high

Rising jobless claims in the U.S. sparked selloffs in the dollar market. On the other hand, Bitcoin held onto its intraday gains.

Bitcoin (BTC) looks to reclaim $45,000 on Oct. 1 as the U.S dollar retreated lower after hitting its one-year high. Bitcoin’s tight inverse correlation with the greenback over the past month suggests that a weakening dollar could push BTC price even higher in the coming sessions. 

Bitcoin-dollar correlation on hourly chart. Source: TradingView.com

Dollar drops following labor market shock

In detail, the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY), which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six foreign currencies, including euro and sterling, hit $94.50 Thursday for the first time since Sept. 28, 2020. But it retreated on news of rising U.S. jobless claims against the forecasts of a decline.

The labor data released Thursday showed that the number of jobless claims rose to 362,000 last week against 351,000 a week earlier and against the economists’ projection of 333,000. As a result, the number of reapplications got stuck around 2.8 million for five weeks in a row.

For the markets, this could be the news that the Federal Reserve might delay tapering its $120 billion asset purchasing program from November to a later month, thus keeping interest rates lower and the dollar’s renewed strength temporary.

DXY daily price chart. Source: TradingView.com

The index was trading at 94.263 at the time of this writing.

Technical outlook projects Bitcoin higher, dollar lower

Technicals also showed the greenback facing the prospect of a correction ahead. For example, independent market analyst TradingShot spotted the dollar index inside a Megaphone pattern, about to get topped out to pursue a correction in the coming sessions, as shown in the chart below.

US dollar index daily price chart featuring Megaphone technical setup. Source: TradingShot, TradingView.com

“Based on the 1D relative strength index (RSI), it appears that DXY is right at the top of the formation as [it was] on Aug 15, 2018,” TradingShot wrote.

“DXY is building up a strong pull-back to the bottom of the Megaphone.”

Meanwhile, a recent bout of selling in the Bitcoin market lately had it paint a Falling Wedge pattern. In detail, Falling Wedges appear when the price trends lower inside a channel comprising of two diverging, descending trendlines.

Traditional analysts see the Falling Wedge pattern as a bullish reversal indicator, noting that a break above its upper trendline moves the price higher by as much as the maximum distance between the Wedge’s trendlines.

BTC/USD daily price chart featuring falling wedge setup. Source: TradingView.com

The structure’s maximum height is roughly $10,000. As a result, the Bitcoin price can at least retest $50,000 should the Wedge breakout play out as intended.

A weaker dollar means stronger Bitcoin

On the other hand, the underwhelming jobs report could boost investors’ interim appetite for Bitcoin. 

Related: Bitcoin’s sharp fall from $50K linked to stronger US dollar, gold — Correlation shows

Vasja Zupan, president of Matrix Exchange, told Cointelegraph that the dollar’s weakness and devaluation against rising inflation would continue to make investors put their excess cash in crypto markets. He said:

“Bitcoin in its core proposition has an integrated hedge against inflation and therefore persistently higher inflation in the U.S. can only push it upwards. Therefore, in the long term, the dollar’s worth will continue to be lesser than Bitcoin.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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