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Major cryptocurrencies experienced a decline on Wednesday evening following Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s hawkish comments, which cooled expectations for an imminent rate cut.

Cryptocurrency Gains +/- Price (Recorded 9:30 p.m. EST)
Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) -1.36% $42,139
Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) -3.24% $2,253
Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE) -1.90% $0.078

What Happened: The Federal Reserve maintained its benchmark fed funds rate range at 5.25%-5.5% after the initial Federal Open Market Committee gathering of the year. Market observers eagerly awaited indications of a potential rate cut, with many anticipating it to occur at the upcoming meeting in March.

“Based on the meeting today,” said Powell at his post-meeting press conference, “I don’t think it’s likely that the committee will reach a level of confidence by the time of the March meeting to identify March as the time to [cut].”

Following the statement, risk assets, including cryptocurrencies, experienced a sudden decline. Bitcoin plummeted to $42,100.

Top Gainer (24 Hour)

Cryptocurrency Gains +/- Price (Recorded 9:30 p.m. EDT)
Monero (CRYPTO: RNDR) +4.08% $165.17
Ronin  (CRYPTO: FXS) +3.34% $2.78
Mina (CRYPTO: GNO) +2.64% $1.14

The global cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.51 trillion, showing a 8.29% decrease in the past 24 hours.

Stocks dipped on Wednesday following Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell’s indication that the central bank is unlikely to cut rates in March.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average concluded the day down by 317.01 points, or 0.82%, at 38,150.30. While the S&P 500 declined by 1.61% to 4,845.65, the Nasdaq Composite experienced a 2.23% drop, ending the session at 15,164.01.

The Treasury yields fluctuated, with the benchmark 10-year yield recently hovering around 3.9%. Meanwhile, Alphabet experienced a decline of over 7%, marking its poorest performance since Oct. 25. This was attributed to underwhelming ad revenue, which overshadowed the better-than-expected earnings and sales. Similarly, shares of tech companies Microsoft and AMD decreased by nearly 3% each due to lower-than-anticipated forward guidance following their quarterly results.

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