US Consumer Confidence Report: BTC, ETH Slip Ahead of Release

• Bitcoin and Ethereum were trading lower on Feb. 28, as markets anticipated the release of the upcoming U.S. consumer confidence report.
• BTC traded to an intraday low of $23,205.88 and ETH moved close to the $1,600 level.
• The data is expected to show a slight increase in confidence for the month, which could result in the Federal Reserve maintaining its rate hike policy next month.

Bitcoin and Ethereum Slip Ahead of US Consumer Confidence Report

BTC Flirts With Breakout Below $23,000

Bitcoin (BTC) fell for a second straight session on Tuesday, as prices flirted with a breakout below $23,000. BTC/USD moved to an intraday low of $23,205.88 earlier in today’s session, which comes less than 24 hours after hitting a high of $23,857.89. The move comes after bulls were unable to jump back above the $24,000 mark on Monday, with bears using this as an opportunity to reenter.

Looking at the chart, the 14-day relative strength index (RSI) also failed to break out of a resistance of its own at 53.00 At the time of writing, the index is trading at 52.46, with bitcoin slightly higher than its earlier low. BTC is now trading at $23,466.92 , with a move back towards $23,800 still on the cards.

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