Bitcoin Climbs to $45K Early Wednesday Before Quickly Retreating

The crypto briefly touched a three-week high amid continued escalation in Ukraine, and as Fed Chairman Jay Powell promised a rate hike later this month.Read MoreFeedzy

In highly volatile action this morning, bitcoin (BTC) climbed from $43.5K to above $45K in the space of a few minutes, but gave back those gains even faster.

“BTC showed resilience despite the decline in other risky assets and [strength in] the dollar,” said Alex Kuptsikevich, senior financial analyst at FxPro. “World markets were declining following the banking sector, which felt the severity of Russia’s partial disconnection from Swift (by 80%).”

This morning’s run came following President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address last night where he talked tough on Russia, and as Jay Powell sat down for the first of two days of testimony in front of Congress. In his prepared remarks, the Fed chair reiterated his expectation that – despite the uncertainties unleashed by the Ukraine war – the U.S. central bank will hike the Federal Funds rate when it meets later this month.

In other central bank action today, the Bank of Canada – as expected – lifted its benchmark interest rate for the first time since 2018.

Trudging about in the $43,500 area at 13:45 UTC , bitcoin quickly jumped to above $45,000 for the first time since February 10, but if you blinked you missed it. Within seconds, the price had fallen back to $44,100. At pixel time, it’s changing hands at $44,300.

Checking traditional markets, the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq are up by more than 1%. The big action, though, has been in oil, where WTI crude climbed as high as $112 per barrel earlier this morning, but has since retreated to $106.

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