Bitcoin battles whales above $22K as BTC price faces US CPI data

Bitcoin battles whales above $22K as BTC price faces US CPI data

Bitcoin bulls are now attacking the “final” major resistance cluster below $25,000, on-chain data shows.

Bitcoin battles whales above $22K as BTC price faces US CPI data

Bitcoin (BTC) continued to battle major resistance on Sep. 13 as markets prepared for United States inflation numbers.

Bitcoin battles whales above $22K as BTC price faces US CPI data

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

“Serious” whales present new BTC price hurdle

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked BTC/USD as it sought to push through $22,500.

The bulls had attempted to vanquish a wall of seller interest in the range just above $22,000, this proving especially stubborn and leading to an overnight consolidation phase.

On-chain monitoring resource Material Indicators highlighted the struggle in a screenshot of the Binance BTC/USD order book the day prior.

For fellow analytics platform Whalemap, meanwhile, it was no wonder that the current range was a sticking point for the bulls.

“The new area to keep an eye on: $22,780 – $23,400,” the Whalemap team told Twitter followers:

In a previous update, Crypto Ed had given a potential downside target of $20,800.

CPI showdown due in hours

For Michaël van de Poppe, CEO and founder of trading firm Eight, the day was still all about the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) print for August.

Poised to confirm the ongoing trend of declining inflation, CPI promised volatility across risk assets around the reveal date, slated for 8:30 am EST.

“Today is the big day on CPI. Expectations are that month-over-month will be -0.1% and year-over-year 8.1%,” Van de Poppe explained:

“If it’s going to be higher than those numbers, probably we’ll be seeing a heavy reaction negatively on risk-on. If it’s lower -> positive reaction. Simple.”

The U.S. dollar index (DXY), a key driver of risk asset downside, steadied its fall from recent days, attempting to preserve 108 as support.

U.S. dollar index (DXY) 1-hour candle chart. Source: TradingView

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