Bitcoin (BTC) extended losses on the July 21 Wall Street open after a key resistance level failed to hold as new support.
Dollar rises to squeeze risk assets
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD dropping to $22,340 on Bitstamp after the opening bell, down 8% from its local top.
The pair’s progress had seen a challenge from Tesla, which revealed that it had sold 75% of its BTC position at a loss. Macro events then added to Bitcoin’s woes in the form of fresh U.S. dollar strength and a surprise rate hike from the European Central Bank (ECB) to combat inflation.
At the time of writing, the U.S. dollar index (DXY) had regained 107, up 0.6% in an hour as U.S. equities conversely saw modest losses.
In Europe, meanwhile, the ECB decision failed to improve the fortunes of the euro, which gave back early gains as the Eurozone battled fresh political fallout in Italy.
Good Morning on historic #ECB day from Italy where key interest rate should be at 6% & so 6ppts higher than current rate, acc to Taylor Rule w/Italy’s core #inflation at 3.4% way above ECB target & unemployment at 8.1% near NAIRU. ECB rates should be 7.4ppts higher for entire EZ. pic.twitter.com/1Nh8yg4e6A
— Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) July 21, 2022
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