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U.S. Inflation Rate Slows to 6.5% in December, Inline With Estimates

source-logo  coindesk.com  + 4 more 12 January 2023 13:35, UTC

The consumer price index (CPI) slipped 0.1% in December, roughly inline with expectations for a flat reading. On an annualized basis, the CPI was higher by 6.5%, inline with expectations and down from 7.1% a month earlier.

The core CPI – which strips out volatile items like food and energy – was up 0.3% in December, inline with forecasts. Annualized core CPI was up 5.7%, also inline with forecasts and down from 6% in November.

Bitcoin (BTC) is has slipped about $150 on the news, with traders having bid up the crypto in the days leading up to this morning's report in hopes inflation would decline ever more.

December marks the 6th consecutive month of inflation slowdown in the U.S., with the rate having peaked in June at 9.06%. While on its face welcome news, the level remains well above the Fed's 2% target.

Bitcoin has put together a string of gains early in 2023, rising from about $16,500 to begin the year to a one-month high of $18,250 prior to this morning's report. While part of the advance was likely due to nothing more than some investor bottom-fishing after the crypto's ugly 2022 run, at least some of the gains were thanks to optimism that the Federal Reserve monetary tightening cycle could come to a close at some point in early-mid 2023.

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