Bitcoin (BTC) rose rapidly later on Aug. 26 as fresh economic data from the United States furthered hopes of a pivot from the Federal Reserve.

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

Bitcoin bounces but preserves intraday trend

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked a 3.55% rise for BTC/USD on the day, allowing the pair to match highs from earlier in the week.

The move marked a surprise about-turn for Bitcoin, which hours before had seen selling pressure as markets awaited cues from Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole symposium speech.

With that speech still to come at the time of writing, abullish catalyst came in the form of the latest Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index (PCE) readout, which was lower than expected.

Analysts reacted positively, as the numbers added weight to the idea that U.S. inflation had already peaked — a narrative already supported by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Caleb Franzen, senior market analyst at Cubic Analytics, nonetheless noted that the hourly structure on BTC/USD remained in place despite the uptick. Bitcoin traded in a range unchallenged since the Aug. 19 drop from higher levels.

Analyst Kevin Svenson was equally conservative in his view of the potential knock-on effects for Bitcoin.

“PCE data is bullish. FED uses that data, so now speculators are betting up,” he explained.

“But if Powell stays the course then we could easily dump back down, so just be cautious. Kind of a coin flip now.”

At the time of writing, BTC/USD traded at around $21,500, a key area containing Bitcoin’s realized price.

“Most participants” in Bitcoin are asleep

Analyzing longer-term trends, meanwhile, BlockTrends analyst Caue Oliveira had some bad news for those hoping for a more seismic return to form for BTC price action.

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Network usage, he noted in a blog post on the day, was still trending down, leaving little room for any bull runs to be supported by strong volume.

“Bitcoin’s New Bull Market Canceled, At Least For Now,” he admitted.

“With no signs of an increase in demand for the network, the resumption in the price of Bitcoin is still far from happening, pointing to a moment of accumulation.” 

Bitcoin median transaction volume (change-adjusted) chart (7-day moving average). Source: Glassnode/ Twitter

An accompanying chart from on-chain analytics firm Glassnode showed median on-chain transaction volume at two-year lows, even accounting for the recent price run-up.

This, Oliveira added, explained a four-year low in exchanges’ BTC reserves, as appetite for trading had decreased in line with a lack of speculative activity.

“For now, most participants remain inactive, including institutional ones,” he concluded

“Good time for long-term accumulators, but for short-term traders, caution is needed.”

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