As CNN reports, Black Friday brought single-day sales records in the United States. According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, offline sales increased by 1%, and online sales by 8.5%. According to Sensormatic Solutions, store traffic increased by 4.6% year on year. Shopify reported record sales growth of 22% year over year to $4 billion worldwide.
The activity of buyers indicates the stability of the US economy, which is reflected in the stock markets — the S&P 500 index is near the highs of the year. However, the beginning of the week may bring an unpleasant surprise: on Thursday, the publication of the values of the PME indicator, which is closely monitored by the Federal Reserve to assess inflation in the United States, will take place.
Meanwhile, Black Friday became a significant day in the cryptocurrency market — the price of bitcoin reached a new high of the year, exceeding the level of 38k dollars per coin. Perhaps the generosity of buyers on Black Friday helped create a record for the year, but the bulls failed to maintain the achieved levels. The BTC/USD chart shows that:
→ exceeding the level of 38k dollars looks like a false breakout of the previous top;
→ a false breakout formed a bearish engulfing pattern;
→ according to online metrics, on Black Friday, short positions on crypto exchanges were liquidated in the amount of $15 to $20 million;
→ The MACD indicator shows a series of decreasing highs 1-2-3-4, which may indicate the depletion of demand forces, which is stimulated by the anticipation of the approval of the bitcoin ETF.
Despite the listed bearish signs, the Bitcoin rate continues to develop within the ascending channel, and it is possible that by the end of the year we will be able to see another update of the maximum.
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