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Why is the crypto market down today?

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– Crypto market cap drops to lowest in two months
– On Aug. 17, the crypto market’s capitalization sank 1.3% to $1.097 trillion, its lowest level in two months.
– Bitcoin (BTC), which comprises 50% of the total crypto market, fell 1.4% and now risks dropping below $28,000.
– Ether (ETH) lost 1.6%.

The crypto market has been in a slump since mid-July, coinciding with the U.S. dollar index’s (DXY) gains in the same period.

Furthermore, its decline coincides with soaring U.S. bond yields. On Aug. 17, the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury note yield climbed to 4.31%, the highest since October 2022. This suggests investors are moving toward safer assets over non-yielding cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

The yields jumped a day after the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) minutes from July meeting reiterated hawkishness. Notably, most Fed officials believe inflation might stay elevated without further interest rate hikes, raising expectations of another rate hike in September.

Expectations of higher rates have been historically bearish for the crypto market, which likely explains the crypto market’s drop on Aug. 17.

However, the implied Fed funds futures rates predict the first-rate cuts in around May-June 2024, according to the data below. Nonetheless, the Fed rates are expected to remain inside the current 5.25-5.50% range until then.

A sharp rebound ahead?

The crypto market capitalization is now nearly oversold with its daily relative strength index (RSI) at 33.75, just around four points above the typical threshold. In other words, the market has a good chance of stabilizing or rebounding in the coming days.

Moreover, the market is testing its 200-day exponential moving average (200-day EMA; the blue wave) near $1.098 trillion as support. This is a good place for a bounce toward $1.166 trillion if the support holds, up over 3% from current levels.

On the flip side, the bears will try to drag the market below ascending trendline support around $1.053 trillion, down about 4% from current levels.

**Disclaimer**: This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, and readers should conduct their own research when making a decision.

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