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Bitcoin Holds Steady at $68k Amidst Rate Concerns, MT Gox Risk Subsides

Bitcoin experienced marginal gains on Wednesday, maintaining its position within a recent trading range as apprehensions regarding U.S. inflation and interest rates deterred traders from embracing risk-driven assets like cryptocurrencies.

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However, the world’s largest cryptocurrency found some relief amidst reports indicating that crypto exchange Mt Gox clarified it had no immediate intentions to sell its substantial Bitcoin holdings, instead focusing on formulating a plan to reimburse creditors.

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Over the past 24 hours, Bitcoin witnessed a modest 1.5% increase, reaching $68,826.3 by 01:00 ET (05:00 GMT). Despite this uptick, the token remained firmly ensconced within the $60,000 to $70,000 range observed over the past two months.

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Mt Gox Dynamics: Mobilization without Sales

Bitcoin sentiment experienced a shake-up following reports of bankrupt crypto exchange Mt Gox purportedly moving approximately $9 billion worth of the token this week. Speculation arose regarding the exchange’s potential divestment of the token to fulfill creditor and account holder obligations.

Subsequent reports, however, clarified that Mt Gox had no immediate plans to liquidate its tokens, instead focusing on preparing for its financial commitments. Former Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles suggested that the movement of Bitcoins was likely trustee-driven, in anticipation of future distribution, rather than indicative of an imminent sale.

Mt Gox’s role remains contentious within the Bitcoin community, given its substantial reserve of tokens potentially earmarked for liquidation to settle debts, a move that could exert significant selling pressure on the cryptocurrency.

Altcoin Activity Amid Rate Uncertainties

While most major altcoins registered marginal gains on Wednesday, Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency, rose by 0.8% to $3,864.29, maintaining proximity to its recent peaks. Ether retained a significant portion of its recent gains following developments indicating progress towards the approval of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) directly linked to the token by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Additionally, other altcoins exhibited minor gains, albeit amidst lingering concerns surrounding prolonged high interest rates and persistent inflation.

XRP recorded a 0.8% increase, while SOL saw a 3.6% uptick. Among meme tokens, SHIB surged by nearly 17%, with DOGE adding 2.6%.

Investor attention this week is directed towards the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index data, a pivotal inflation metric favored by the Federal Reserve. Scheduled for release on Friday, this data is poised to influence the central bank’s interest rate deliberations.

In light of recent statements by several Fed officials indicating an expectation of sustained high interest rates, the cryptocurrency market remains cautious, cognizant of the potential implications for digital assets.

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