Ethereum achieved a brand new milestone this Thursday as its worth nearly touched $1,700 for the primary time in historical past.
The ETH/USD alternate fee hit $1,699 on the Coinbase alternate after rallying 29.79 p.c this week. Traders flocked into the Ethereum market within the wake of its futures contracts’ launch on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the prospects of an impending provide crunch.
The features additionally appeared as Grayscale Investments, a crypto-enabled funding agency in New York, purchased $70 million price of Ethereum tokens, bringing its whole holdings’ price to $4.91 billion. The agency’s crypto accumulation sometimes leads the value greater, because the market has witnessed throughout its Bitcoin shopping for spree all through 2020.
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Also, Grayscale’s accumulation factors to a rise in institutional demand for Ethereum. As the Bitcoin rally turned overheated after recording its file excessive close to $42,000, merchants/traders began exchanging their earnings for tokens with most long-term potential. The interval noticed Ethereum, UniSwap, AAVE, and Chainlink log their all-time excessive ranges.
Meanwhile, supportive technical indicators additionally supplied additional tailwinds to Ethereum. The second-largest cryptocurrency’s newest upside transfer had it broke above a short-term resistance stage that, in conjugation with an upward sloping assist trendline, constitutes an Ascending Triangle.
In retrospect, Ascending Triangle patterns are bullish continuation indicators in an uptrend. Traders sometimes watch for a high-volume worth breakout above the resistance trendline to place lengthy positions at greater worth ranges. Ideally, the upside goal may be calculated by measuring the flagpole’s size—the upside transfer earlier than the Triangle’s formation.
Ethereum Triangle breakout is underway. Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com
In Ethereum’s case, the peak of the flagpole that fashioned earlier than the Ascending Triangle is barely over $700. Meanwhile, the extent from the place the cryptocurrency broke out sits close to $1,441. That ideally places the Ethereum Triangle’s upside goal at $2,141.
Ethereum Downside Risks
The prospects of upper worth ranges met offsetting catalysts that would flip Ethereum decrease. The main amongst them is a rising bearish divergence between the cryptocurrency’s worth and its volumes and momentum.
Ethereum's bearish divergence dangers placing its worth lowers. Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com
It is as a result of bearish divergences sign a slowdown within the ongoing momentum. Excerpts from Investopedia:
“Bearish divergences signify potential downtrends when prices rally to a new high while the oscillator refuses to reach a new peak. In this situation, bulls are losing their grip on the market, prices are rising only as a result of inertia, and the bears are ready to take control again.”