First Mover Americas: Bitcoin Falls to $18.1K After CPI Data

The latest price moves in crypto markets in context for Oct. 13, 2022.

AccessTimeIconOct 13, 2022 at 12:51 p.m. UTC
Updated Nov 7, 2022 at 5:33 p.m. UTC

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Price Point

Bitcoin (BTC) dropped to as low as $18,183 after the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data was released on Thursday. The Labor Department reported consumer prices in September rose 8.2% from the same month last year and 0.4% from August.

Measured by core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, U.S. consumer prices advanced to a 40-year high in September. Bitcoin was recently down 3.8% on the day.

Bitcoin hit lows of $18,181 after the CPI data was released. (TradingView)
Bitcoin hit lows of $18,181 after the CPI data was released. (TradingView)

Prior to the release, bitcoin fell quickly by $500 in 30 minutes to about $18,575, right around 6:30 a.m. ET (10:30 UTC).

Bitcoin fell about $500 in the 30 minutes pictured. (Messari)
Bitcoin fell about $500 in the 30 minutes pictured. (Messari)

S&P 500 futures lost a 1% gain and slid more than 2% after CPI data showed consumer prices surged last month, and the dollar rallied.

CoinDesk Market Index

Biggest Gainers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Ribbon Finance RBN +6.52% DeFi
Chain XCN +3.42% Currency
PAX Gold PAXG +0.2% DeFi

Biggest Losers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
STEPN GMT -13.61% Culture & Entertainment
Chiliz CHZ -11.87% Culture & Entertainment
Kyber Network Crystal KNC -11.82% DeFi

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Chart of the Day

Crypto Volatility Meltdown Continues

BitMEX's ether volatility index has dropped to its lowest level since 2018. (Source: BitMEX, Decentral Park Capital)
BitMEX's ether volatility index has dropped to its lowest level since 2018. (Source: BitMEX, Decentral Park Capital)

By Omkar Godbole

  • "The volatility index shows pressure is building up," Decentral's Portfolio Manager Lewis Harland said. " The more it builds, the more it needs to be released and reset (either direction)."


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Lyllah Ledesma

Lyllah Ledesma is a CoinDesk Markets reporter currently based in Europe. She holds bitcoin, ether and small amounts of other crypto assets.

Omkar Godbole

Omkar Godbole is a Co-Managing Editor on CoinDesk's Markets team.

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