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Bitcoin Rises on Cooler Inflation and Rate Cut Hopes

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rallied on Wednesday following U.S. inflation data that came in slightly below expectations, raising hopes that the Federal Reserve might start cutting interest rates later this year. The world’s largest cryptocurrency surged over 4% to above $69,500 shortly after the inflation report’s release.

The Labor Department reported that the annual inflation rate decreased to 3.3% in May, down from 3.4% in April.

While still elevated, the lower-than-expected inflation readings could prompt the Fed to ease its aggressive rate hike measures eventually.

Crypto prices jumped on the news, with Bitcoin rising over $1,900 within minutes. Ether and other altcoins also saw gains as traders reevaluated the macroeconomic landscape.

However, despite the optimistic market response, Wednesday’s report alone might not persuade Fed Chair Jerome Powell and colleagues to start cutting rates immediately. At 3.3%, inflation remains above the Fed’s 2% target.

The Fed is set to conclude its latest policy meeting later on Wednesday.

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