Bitcoin (BTC) stayed rangebound at the July 28 Wall Street open despite further United States inflation data beating expectations.

BTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Fed’s “preferred” inflation metric points to waning pressure

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC price action getting only a modest boost from the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Index print.

This came in below estimates, hinting that U.S. inflation was continuing to subside and copying other data prints from the week.

BREAKING: US PCE Price Index comes in below expectations

Expected = 3.1%
Actual = 3.0%

Inflation continues to wane as per this metric

— Game of Trades (@GameofTrades_) July 28, 2023

Commenting on its implications, financial commentary resource The Kobeissi Letter noted that PCE represented the Federal Reserve’s “preferred” inflation metric, as previously revealed by Chair Jerome Powell.

“PCE inflation is now at its lowest since April 2021. The Fed may finally have inflation under control,” it suggested in part of social media analysis.

At this week’s Fed’s meeting, they said inflation data over the next 2 months is important.

PCE inflation is another sign of progress on the fight against inflation.

Is the Fed’s rate hike cycle finally over?

Follow us @KobeissiLetter for real time analysis as this develops/

— The Kobeissi Letter (@KobeissiLetter) July 28, 2023

Much like the July 26 Fed interest rate hike and the July 27 U.S. Q2 GDP estimate, however, Bitcoin refused to turn on volatility, sticking between $29,000 and $29,500.

Bitcoin stays below bulls’ resistance target

Among traders, there was still appetite for BTC price downside, with $30,000 resistance now in place for over a week.

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Popular trader Crypto Tony confirmed that he remained short BTC below $29,600.

“I expect continuation down to $28,000 in time, but for sure we could range here for a little while before the drop,” he told Twitter followers on the day.

BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Crypto Tony/Twitter

Fellow trader Daan Crypto Trades likewise placed emphasis on the loss of the local range focused on the $30,000 mark.

“With Bitcoin Rejecting from the previous range, I think it makes sense to prepare for low $28Ks,” he argued.

“Invalidation upon retaking $29.5K but there seems to be a lot of supply at that level and little spot bid to bring it up. Likely a choppy road on the way there.”BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Daan Crypto Trades/Twitter

Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, meanwhile spied what he called “deviation” on the daily BTC/USD chart — something previously occurring in February and which was followed by an upward rebound.

Deviation. #Bitcoin

— Michaël van de Poppe (@CryptoMichNL) July 28, 2023

Van de Poppe additionally queried whether the weekend, with its thinner liquidity and more options for volatile movement, could produce a “classic” comeback.

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