Prepare for Price Impact as Bitcoin and Ethereum Monthly Options Expire, with PCE Inflation on the Horizon

Crypto Market Sees Slight Recovery as Traders Brace for Inflation Data and Options Expiry

Markets Focus on Fed’s Preferred Gauge PCE Inflation

The crypto market saw a slight recovery, but prices remain under pressure as market participants brace for inflation data and crypto options expiry on Friday, May 31. Altcoins are mainly facing the heat as they weaken against Bitcoin price, with Bitcoin dominance rising again above 53%.

Traders are now focusing on the PCE and core PCE inflation figures, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge to measure inflation. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to release key inflation data as that could determine market direction for weeks.

Wall Street expects PCE inflation to come in lower than expected figures. The market estimates annual PCE inflation to come at the same level of 2.7% as last month. Meanwhile, the month-over-month PCE inflation is also expected at 0.3%, similar to the previous month.

On the other hand, annual and monthly core PCE inflation to remain at the same level of 2.8% and 0.3%, as per market estimates. While stagnant actual PCE inflation figures will be positive for the markets, hinting at cooling inflation, Wall Street banks predict an inflation pivot for market rally.

Bitcoin and Ethereum 8.2 Billion Options Expiry

Over 69k Bitcoin options of $4.7 billion in notional value are set to expire on Deribit on May 31. The put-call ratio is 0.61, indicating a rise in call open interest recently as monthly expiry approaches. The max pain point is $66,000, which is below the current price. Thus, the market can expect huge volatility with a pullback in price on the expiry day.

Moreover, 909k Ethereum options of notional value $3.4 billion are set to expire, with a put-call ratio of 0.60. The max pain point is $3,300. ETH price is currently trading above the max pain point and gives more room for traders to book profits.

Adam from Greekslive revealed that the volatility caused by the price surge fell back quickly. BTC’s short-term option IV fell to 40%, whereas ETH’s decline is slightly smaller and is relatively stable at around 60%. Market attention is on spot Ethereum ETFs as any announcement can bring upside move in the markets.

BTC Price Eyes New ATH

The US dollar index (DXY) fell near 104.70 after consecutive rises in the last few days. The GDP growth for the US was revised lower to 1.3% in Q1, in line with expectations, mainly due to slower consumer spending.

Meanwhile, the US 10-year Treasury yield fell toward 4.55%, easing from the four-week high of 4.61% touched yesterday as markets continued to assess the latest data for hints on the Federal Reserve’s policy outlook. Notably, Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari stated that the current policy stance is restrictive but emphasized that officials haven’t entirely ruled out additional rate hikes.

Any further drop in DXY and treasury yields could bring a recovery in BTC price as inflationary pressures ease. The CPI reported provided much-need bullish momentum for Bitcoin and the overall market, with traders expecting similar results after PCE data.

BTC price jumped 2% in the past 24 hours, with the price currently trading near $68,500. The 24-hour low and high are $67,118 and $69,500, respectively. Furthermore, the trading volume has increased by 10% in the last 24 hours, indicating interest among traders.


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