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Ethereum Releases Timeline for Berlin Upgrade, Scheduled to Go Live on April 14

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Before releasing the Berlin upgrade on April 14, there will be three major testnet releases in the coming weeks. The Berlin upgrade will also bring along four major Ethereum Improvement Protocols (EIPs) with new transaction types and gas costs.

On Monday, March 8, the Ethereum community announced and released its timeline for the upcoming Berlin upgrade. The first testnet for Berlin – Ropsten – will go live ahead today on March 10. As per the official announcement, Berlin upgrade will go live on the Ethereum mainnet at block 12,244,000, or April 14.

However, depending on the block time variability, the exact date for the Berlin upgrade might change. Once Ropsten goes live today, the other two testnet networks – Goerli and Rinkeby – will go live next week on March 17 and 24, respectively.

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To receive the upgrade, Ethereum node operators should switch to the Berlin-compatible version for the three testnets. The official announcement notes:

“Ethereum node operators should upgrade their nodes prior to the fork block on the networks they want to participate in. Due to block time variability, it is recommended to update several days before the expected date.”

The announcement further notes that EthereumJS and TurboGeth will not have client releases ready for the first testnets. However, they will be available prior to the release of the mainnet.

Also, ETH coin holders, exchanges, and wallet service providers won’t have to do anything on their part to accommodate the upgrade. Let’s take a look at the four major Ethereum Improvement Protocols (EIPs) to be implemented as part of the Berlin upgrade.

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EIPs Coming Along with Ethereum Berlin Upgrade

As said the Berlin upgrade on Ethereum mainnet will implement four major EIPs. This includes:

  • EIP-2929 increases some gas costs
  • EIP-2565 lowers the cost of ModExp precompile
  • EIP-2930 has a transaction type with optional access lists.
  • EIP-2718 introduces a new transaction type

The long-awaited Berlin upgrade will follow the Istanbul and Muir Glacier upgrades that happened in December 2019, and January 2020 respectively. On the other hand, Ethereum’s London hard fork is also likely to go live ahead this year in July 2020.

It will also implement the EIP-1559 fee market protocol that will more or less standardize transaction fee across the network. Thus, it will prevent situations like the rampant surge in average transaction fee. Unlike the current scenario, the EIP-1559 implementation will release the transaction fee directly to the network instead of the miner. Thus, a large number of miners have opposed this move.

On the other hand, the Ethereum 2.0 developments have kickstarted. After going live in December 2020, investors have staked more than 3.3 million ETH coins so far with the Ethereum 2.0 deposit contracts.

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Reason Behind Ethereum (ETH) Price Surge to $12,000

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  • Justin Bennett looks at a situation in which the price of ETH could hit $12,000.
  • Ethereum always follows the BTC price.
  • Bennett explained that a $200,000 price surge in BTC will put ETH at $12,000.

With Ethereum (ETH) breaking the $4,000 price this week, analyst Justin Bennett looks at a situation in which the price of ETH could hit $12,000. More so, the crypto has limited two-and-a-half months to travel this year. This indicates ETH has only limited time to reach the optimistic price targets.

According to CoinMarketCap, the ETH price is trading at $4,010.56 with a 24-hour trading volume of $18,093,022,938, at the time of writing.

ETH/USDT Price Chart (Source: TradingView)

Ethereum always follows the BTC price, however, analysts have not seen a deviation from this trend. Also, with the current market conditions, the analyst explained in his newsletter which indicators reveal that the price of the pioneer crypto will reach as high as $200K before the present cycle ends.

In case, ETH hits this price target, then ETH will surely rally over 300% in response to this. Aside from all this, Bennett explained that a $200,000 price surge in BTC will put ETH at $12,000 with the present ETHBTC levels. Added to this, the analyst views that the price of ETHBTC will surge before the end of the bull market.

According to Bennett, the price of ETHUSDT could be between $15,000 and $20,000. If the price of bitcoin breaks above $200,000 before the cycle ends, then the price of ETHUSDT will also rise.

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Recent trends indicate that Ethereum may hit a new all-time high before the weekend closes, despite significant resistance toward breaking the previous all-time high. If that happens, then we will just have to wait and see what happens.

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One Ethereum Competitor Is Showing Strength As Bitcoin Loses Ground, According to Crypto Trader Benjamin Cowen

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Crypto analyst Benjamin Cowen says an Ethereum rival is showing strength as Bitcoin pulls back from its all-time high.

Cowen tells his 576,000 YouTube subscribers that AVAX, the native token for the smart contract platform Avalanche, is “weathering the storm relatively well.”ADVERTISEMENT

The 12th-ranked asset by market cap is trading at $68.28 at time of writing, up over 5% in the past 24 hours and more than 20% in the past week, according to CoinGecko.

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Cowen notes that AVAX is trading well above both its 20-week simple moving average (SMA) and 21-week exponential moving average (EMA). Taken together, the two metrics are what Cowen refers to as the “bull market support band.”

“We also have some wiggle room in the sense that we are above the bull market support band of the AVAX/USD valuation. The 20-week SMA is at $35.85 and the 21-week EMA is at $43.47. What that tells you is that Avalanche has been performing pretty well for the last several weeks. 

A lot of coins are right above their bull market support band, and they haven’t been performing as well recently. A lot of these things can have some type of seasonality as the money ball just jumps around from project to project, and right now, clearly, AVAX is showing a decent amount of strength.” 

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Cowen doesn’t predict that AVAX will have a strong move against Bitcoin “in the next month or so,” but he does say that Avalanche can increase in value in terms of its relationship to the US dollar in the short term.

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Ethereum Price Forecast: ETH bulls set sights on new record high targeting $6,000

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  • Ethereum price is gearing up for a new all-time high as two significant bullish chart patterns have transpired.
  • The governing technical patterns present optimistic targets at $6,015 and $6,365.
  • A daily close above $3,960 would add credence to the bulls’ aspirations toward $6,000.

Ethereum price is hovering around a key support level which has previously acted as resistance for ETH, as the bulls catch their breath before the token resumes its rally. As long as the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization holds above $3,960, a 60% surge is still on the radar. 

Ethereum price eyes 60% ascent

Ethereum price has printed two major bullish technical patterns on the daily chart, an ascending parallel channel and a cup-and-handle pattern. The former chart pattern indicates that ETH has been consistently reaching higher highs and higher lows since mid-June, presenting an optimistic outlook for the token.

Based on the first prevailing chart pattern, ETH is likely to tag the upper boundary of the channel at $6,015, coinciding with the 161.8% Fibonacci extension level, representing a 48% climb.

The cup-and-handle chart pattern suggests that the projected target for Ethereum price is at $6,365, forecasting a 60% rally. While the two governing technical patterns establish an optimistic outlook for ETH, the token may be confronted by a headwind at its all-time high at $4,369, corresponding to the middle boundary of the parallel channel.

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Additional hurdles may emerge at the 127.2% Fibonacci extension level at $5,092, then at the 161.8% Fibonacci extension level at $6,015. 

Given the reinforcement of the two optimistic chart patterns presented on the ETH daily chart, retracements for Ethereum price may not be significant even if selling pressure arises. 

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ETH/USDT daily chart

Ethereum price will discover immediate support at the support trend line at $3,960, then at the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level at $3,797. The following line of defense will emerge at the 21-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) at $3,710, then at the 50-day SMA at $3,453 before eventually dropping toward the lower boundary of the ascending parallel channel at $3,349, which meets the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level.

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If Ethereum price fails to hold above the aforementioned levels of support, the bullish outlook may be voided, prompting ETH to plunge lower toward the 100-day SMA at $3,137.

ETH bulls should aim for a daily close above $3,960 to reinforce commitment for the bullish target to be on the horizon.

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