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Corporations Embrace Crypto, Boosting Bitcoin Price - Stock Market Forecast

The Nasdaq[3] 100, Dow Jones[4] and S&P 500[5] bled lower last week despite upbeat economic readings in the form of retail sales and services data. Losses have seen the indices pull back from record levels, but volatility remains reasonable and symptoms of risk appetite simmer beneath the surface evidenced by corporations diving into Bitcoin headfirst. Breaking above $55,000 for the first time Friday, Bitcoin has benefited from a wave of corporate adoptions[6] ranging from Tesla and Microstrategy to Mastercard and Morgan Stanley.

While equities cool off near record levels, corporate leaders have moved into the cryptocurrency market as they look to gain exposure – in one way or another – to the Bitcoin craze. Regarded as the future of finance by some and an unfounded bubble by others, Bitcoin’s price rise is undeniable and the explosive performance might be prolonged now that institutions are entering the space. Either way, it can be argued increased participation in the cryptocurrency space is indicative of risk appetite.

S&P 500 Price Chart: Daily Time Frame (January 2018 – February 2021)

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Nevertheless, risk appetite was trimmed last week despite encouraging economic data and enflamed reflation hopes. That being said, price action might suggest the market has entered a stage where the relationship between rising rates and equity exposure is becoming more of a tradeoff than it has been in recent months.

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