Good morning, and welcome to First Mover. I’m Bradley Keoun, here to take you through the latest in crypto markets, news and insights. (Lyllah Ledesma is off.)
- Price point: Bitcoin fell below $30,000 after May inflation unexpectedly rose to 8.6%, Helene Braun reports.
- Market Moves: Some crypto traders are still getting wiped out – "rekt" as it were – from margin calls on Terra-related tokens, including luna classic (LUNC) as well as the newly issued LUNA replacement tokens, Shaurya Malwa reports.
By Helene Braun
The consumer price index (CPI), the most widely tracked benchmark for inflation, rose 8.6% on a year-over-year basis in May, topping expectations that it would decline to 8.2% from April's 8.3%. The core CPI – which strips out food and energy costs – rose 6% year-over-year in May, dipping from April's 6.2%, but more than expectations for a 5.9% increase.
On a monthly basis, the CPI rose 1% in May, ahead of expectations for a gain of 0.7%, and more than tripling April's 0.3% advance. The core rate rose 0.6% in May, flat from April, but higher than expectations for an 0.5% increase.
The unexpected fresh four-decade high of 8.6% in headline inflation is problematic for monetary policymakers who are in the middle of a rate hike cycle, but may have been eyeing a pause at some point later this year. Now the question may be whether the Federal Reserve needs to raise rates by 75 basis points per meeting, rather than the planned 50 basis points.
Bitcoin (BTC) – which along with nearly all assets has taken a major hit as central banks in Western countries have begun tightening monetary policy over the past few months – dipped to $29,500 from $30,000 in the minutes after the report. It remains off by about 65% from its all-time high hit last November.
Terra’s Luna, Luna Classic Tokens See Volatile Trading Amid New Developments - by Shaurya Malwa
Tokens related to the Terra ecosystem saw volatile trading in the past 24 hours amid legal developments against issuing company Terraform Labs, data shows.
The price of luna (LUNA) gained as much as 30% from $2.65 on Thursday to $3.44 on Friday morning, and then fell steeply even as the broader crypto market remained flat. Luna classic (LUNC) gained as much as 34% before sliding Friday morning, data from CoinGecko shows.
Such volatility arose amid reports of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigating whether Terraform Labs violated U.S. laws regarding how it marketed its tokens.
The LUNA was issued to holders in late May following the depeg of algorithmic stablecoin terraUSD (UST) in early May – a move that saw the value of old Luna (now rebranded as LUNC) fall as much as 99.7%. Value locked on decentralized finance (DeFi) apps in the Terra ecosystem fell by $28 billion in addition, as reported.
The liquidations marked the highest losses for traders of the new LUNA tokens so far, data shows, with nearly $5 million in losses. LUNC futures, however, saw higher losses at over $12 million, suggesting retail traders continue to prefer LUNC trading over LUNA.
Link to full story: Terra’s Luna, Luna Classic Tokens See Volatile Trading Amid New Developments
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Today’s newsletter was edited by Bradley Keoun and produced by Parikshit Mishra and Stephen Alpher.
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