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Dec 13,2022

Bitcoin, Ether Rise in Mixed Trading; US stocks rise ahead of inflation data

Bitcoin, Ether Rise in Mixed Trading; US stocks rise ahead of inflation data

Bitcoin and Ether rose on Tuesday morning in trading in Asia, with 10 other major cryptocurrencies seeing mixed performance. BNB and Dogecoin lead to losses, while Polygon and XRP saw huge gains. US stocks rose overnight ahead of the release of November consumer prices on Tuesday and interest rate figures expected on Wednesday.

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Bitcoin gained 0.6% to US$17,207 in the 24 hours to 8am in Hong Kong, while Ether rose 0.8% to US$1,274 according to CoinMarketCap.

BNB fell 2.9% to trade at US$276.28. The bottom line of the crypto exchange Binance Global Inc. hit news and analysis of Binance assets may raise a red flag, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday.

A review of Binance by the research firm Mazars lacks information about the internal credential management and organization of the company, according to the report, citing accounting experts.

Total crypto market capitalization rose 0.4% to $849.5 billion, while market volume in the 24 hours to 9:30 a.m. in Hong Kong jumped 29.8% to $35.1 billion.

Top memecoin Dogecoin fell 2.8% to US$0.09, while Shiba Inu copycat lost 1.8% to change hands at US$0.000008961. Polygon rose 1.9% to US $0.91 and XRP gained 1.5% to US $0.38.

US markets ended higher on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.6%, the S and P 500 Index rose 1.4% and the Nasdaq Composite Index ended the day up 1.3%.

Investors are waiting for Tuesday for release of the consumer price index for November, which is a key indicator of inflation and the economy. Business economists expect November inflation to be 7.3%, which is the fifth straight monthly decline and the weakest since December 2021.

The rate was 7.7% in October, down to 8.2% in September.

The US Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates by 50 basis points at a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee that will begin on Tuesday, December 13. It raised the rate by 75 basis points in its previous four meetings.

The Fed has raised interest rates since March to curb inflation, from near zero to a 15-year high of 3.75% to 4%, and indicated that rates could eventually rise 5%. The central bank wants growth within its 2% target.

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