Bitcoin falls slightly in choppy trading day following strong inflation report

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The price of bitcoin fell slightly on Thursday alongside a bigger pullback in U.S. equities as the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield topped 2% for the first time since 2019.

Bitcoin fell 1.29% to $44,125.82, according to Coin Metrics, after key inflation data showed hotter-than-expected price pressures that sent the 10-year yield higher.

At its high, the benchmark yield hit about 2.05% on Thursday.

"Bitcoin's institutional investors are focused on Treasuries as that momentum trade appears to be rather straightforward," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, adding that the cryptocurrency "seems poised to consolidate between the $40,000 and $50,000 level over the short-term."

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Tech stocks tend to fall as yields rise, as growth-oriented companies are more likely to give investors higher returns in the distant future rather than the near term.

Bitcoin has been trading like equities, and specifically like tech stocks over several months. Institutional investors have taken an interest in the cryptocurrency, and some are trading it as a risk asset. As a result, the crypto has been selling off in tandem with tech stocks, which declined sharply to start the year, despite a rebound in February.