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Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, exhibited a modest rise on Friday, June 2nd despite a tumultuous week marked by strong U.S. jobs data, a struggle over the U.S. debt ceiling, and renewed inflation worries. Even though Bitcoin traded around $27,180, marking a 1.2% increase, it largely maintained a steady position amid these economic events.

The crypto kingpin surpassed the $27,000 mark just prior to the opening of the U.S. equity markets on Friday. It spent a significant portion of the preceding two days under this threshold, primarily due to the inflationary apprehension that has been dragging down prices for the last 18 months.

Edward Moya, a senior market analyst at foreign exchange market maker Oanda, suggested that Bitcoin’s steady position comes in light of a hectic week that saw a debt limit deal, a convoluted jobs report highlighting both strong hiring and escalating layoffs, and legislative efforts to devise cryptocurrency regulation. Moya also highlighted the ongoing discussion regarding the Securities Clarity Act, which could provide a clearer understanding of the status of certain tokens as unregistered securities.

Ether, the second largest cryptocurrency, also rose by nearly 2% from the previous day, with a recent trading value just above $1,905. Other major cryptocurrencies like ADA and SOL, representing the Cardano and Solana platforms, witnessed an increase of over 4% and 3.5% respectively. Smaller DeFi-focused protocols, such as Lido, Synapse, and PancakeSwap, were the big winners of the past week, registering gains of 15%, 13%, and 12% respectively.

The uptick in crypto prices came on the back of an impressive U.S. Labor Department report, indicating the addition of 339,000 jobs in May, surpassing economists’ predictions by about 75% and significantly exceeding April’s 294,000 added jobs. This report, despite signaling an enduringly tight job market and persistent inflation concerns, also reflected a higher May unemployment rate of 3.7%, suggesting that the U.S. central bank might halt its consistent sequence of interest rate hikes, a factor that has been a thorn in the side of the crypto market.

Moya from Oanda suggested that the U.S. central bank might be facing a tough call regarding an interest rate increase in June, considering the upcoming releases from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and the May Consumer Price Index. He further mentioned that “at the midpoint of the year, this economy is not showing strong signs that the second half of the year recession is coming.”

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