Bitcoin (BTC) passed $29,500 on Oct. 20 after an eventful 24 hours boosted BTC price trajectory while XRP price jumped above $0.50 in response to Ripple’s big legal win. 

BTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Hawkish Fed’s Powell fails to dent BTC price

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it edged closer to two-month highs from the start of the week.

The largest cryptocurrency appeared to feed off events surrounding a speech from Jerome Powell, Chair of the United States Federal Reserve, the day prior.

Amid a U.S. bond rout, Powell was under pressure to deliver appropriate wording, and analysis even predicted a “very dovish” tone would dominate. In the event, the speech, which was briefly interrupted by protesters, saw Powell highly conservative on the outlook.

“The stance of policy is restrictive, meaning that tight policy is putting downward pressure on economic activity and inflation,” he said about interest rate hikes.

“Given the fast pace of the tightening, there may still be meaningful tightening in the pipeline.”

Powell said that the Fed acknowledged the potential problems of hiking rates too far.

“Doing too little could allow above-target inflation to become entrenched and ultimately require monetary policy to wring more persistent inflation from the economy at a high cost to employment. Doing too much could also do unnecessary harm to the economy,” he continued.

“Given the uncertainties and risks, and how far we have come, the Committee is proceeding carefully.”

Data from CME Group’s FedWatch Tool showed changing tides among market expectations when it comes to future rate decisions.

At its next meeting on Nov. 1, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is now unanimously thought to hold rates at their current levels, per data from CME Group’s FedWatch Tool. Before Powell, odds stood at 88%.

Fed target rate probabilities chart. Source: CME Group

Following the speech, news broke that U.S. regulators had dropped criminal charges against executives of Blockchain firm Ripple.

XRP price responded immediately, trading up over 6% in 24 hours at the time of writing.

XRP/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Trader suggests Bitcoin “impulse” is here

Amid a backdrop of increasing anticipation over approval of a U.S. Bitcoin spot price exchange-traded fund (ETF), Bitcoin gained momentum overnight.

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At the time of writing, the day’s highs stood at $29,689 — just $200 from the top of a snap volatility wick seen on Oct. 17.

“Bitcoin filling the wick, slowly but surely. Let’s go for that $30k tap,” popular trader Jelle wrote in part of X analysis on the day, having previously argued that Bitcoin looked “eager to fill” the Oct. 17 wick.

“Today it’s going a very interesting day for trading… They have hit exactly $29400 where there were many liquidations,” fellow trader CrypNuevo continued.

In various X posts, CrytpNuevo uploaded liquidation data from the past days, warnings that long positions outnumbered shorts four to one. Bitcoin, he suggested, could retrace during the U.S. trading session.

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