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Ethereum looks more attractive to crypto traders than Bitcoin in the current recovery

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  • According to the recent trend of exchange reserve, ETH reserves are dropping faster than Bitcoin, likely to continue ahead of the London Hardfork.
  • Frequent Binance Smartchain rug pulls, and lower gas fees have increased popularity and demand for Ethereum among traders.
  • BTC short open interest persists, the Bitcoin bear market is not over until the shorts are purged.

Ethereum’s London Hardfork is approaching, and ETH is leaving exchange wallets faster than Bitcoin. Bitcoin price is recovering from the drop; however, the persistent GBTC discount suggests a shortage of demand.

Ethereum reserves continue dropping ahead of the London Hardfork

The amount of Ethereum held in all exchanges’ wallets indicates the ETH supply available for selling, purchasing, and margin trading. The metric has continued its downward slide that started on June 26 at 20.8 million ETH. As of July 26, the reserves are at 19.7 million.

The dropping reserve is currently a bullish development for the top altcoin since the value of ETH staked in the ETH2 staking contract now stands at 6.4 million. Ethereum leaving exchanges is being staked or stored in private wallets. This signals possible bullish sentiment of traders ahead of the implementation of the Ethereum improvement proposal (EIP) 1559 protocol in the London Hardfork.

Ethereum all exchange reserves

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There is an increasing interest and demand for Ethereum as rug pulls become more frequent on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC). Earlier in July, the number of unique addresses on BSC reached a new all-time high of over 83 million; the previous significant increase coincided with ETH gas fees recording new highs.

BSC has suffered over nine exploits in 2021 that accounted for over $370 million in losses. In 2020, the attacks in their entirety cost a staggering $154 million to users on the network. Frequent attacks have emerged as a factor driving several developers and users away from BSC network projects and toward Ethereum.

The volume of Ethereum staked in the ETH2 contract has increased alongside the increasing frequency of these attacks. The increase in trader interest in the altcoin has made it more attractive than Bitcoin in the current recovery. Though Bitcoin is trading above the $38,000 level, there is still open interest in Bitcoin shorts that have not yet been purged.

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A combination of the open interest in BTC shorts and negative funding rates signals that traders have a bearish outlook. Willy Woo, an independent Bitcoin analyst, recently tweeted

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Ethereum Whale Bought 276,592,553,073 SHIB, Is Something Big Coming?

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  • An anonymous Ethereum whale decided to go on SHIB coin shopping.
  • The whale bought 276,592,553,073 #SHIB tokens ($11,510,207 USD).

Investors seemed highly interested in Shiba Inu since the total value locked (TVL) climbed close to $2 billion in June and July. Recently, an anonymous Ethereum whale decided to go on SHIB coin shopping, buying close to an enormous 276 billion SHIB.

On October 26, a Twitter account by the pseudonym Shiba Inu News tweeted the news first. The user said,

Wow… An Ethereum whale just bought 276,592,553,073 #SHIB tokens ($11,510,207 USD). We haven’t seen a whale transaction THIS BIG in quite some time. This is massive and sends a clear signal that He/She knows something is coming.

This move comes after Shiba Inu token had an impressive rally from the last few days, surging by over 340% in the past 7 days and reaching a new all-time high of over $0.000046.

The last time an anonymous whale bought an enormous 6.3 trillion coins, a couple of weeks later, the Shiba Inu (SHIB) token went bullish, hitting a new all-time high. So, the Twitter user said that this latest whale might know that something big is coming that’s why he or she bought this much SHIB.

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Less Than 48 Hours Until Ethereum Altair Update, But 30% of Nodes Are Not Yet Ready

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With Ethereum Altair update coming, users are not being dexterous

Ethereum’s main network is getting closer to the new Altair network, which means that the absolute majority of the nodes on the network have to update their clients. According to the Nodewatch service, currently around 30% of nodes remain unsynced.

The new upgrade for Ethereum is aimed purely at validators, and it does not change anything for general coin users. The update affects only the beacon chain consensus mechanism. In addition to users, updates will not have any effect on contracts. 

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If users act as validators, they will need to download the latest version of their software, which they will be able to find in the table on the Ethereum blog, and restart their nodes as usual.

If node holders decide not to update to the latest version of the software and join the upgraded chain, they will be synced with the old chain after an upgrade on Ethereum occurs. While functioning on the incompatible chain, users will not be able to receive proper rewards and realize them on exchanges.

Validators running on the old network will receive penalties for not participating in the upgraded consensus with respect to the upgraded mainnet.

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When the Ethereum community has decided which changes should be made to the network, the change is written by the clients functioning on the network. The changes to the beacon chain protocol go live in a specific epoch (the Altair update goes live at epoch 74240).

Any new nodes with the old ruleset will remain abandoned on the old chain without being able to use new functions, participate in the current network or, in general, utilize the cryptocurrency.

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Ethereum killer Solana hits $13.65 billion in TVL as SOL price locks in on $300

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  • Solana price is hovering around $208.76 after a new all-time high at $219.27.
  • A minor retracement to the $185.30 to $204.44 demand zone is likely before a 16% advance.
  • The total value locked on the SOL ecosystem hits a record high of $13.65 billion.

Solana price seems to be unaffected by Bitcoin as it set up a new all-time high on October 25, and so did the Total Value Locked (TVL) on the SOL ecosystem. With the altcoin currently retracing to a support zone, investors can expect another leg-up to kick-start a new uptrend.

Solana TVL goes through the roof

Solana has been a buzzing ecosystem with NFT projects, yield aggregators, liquidity mining and more. This massive ecosystem, which is set to rival Ethereum, has reached two new milestones, a new all-time high for Total Value Locked and the market value of SOL hitting a record high.

The top six projects on Solana have more than $1 billion in TVL. Saber leads the pack with $2.06 billion worth of SOL locked in its ecosystem.

Moreover, the Ethereum-killer narrative for Solana seems to be working out well, as plenty of projects have jumped ship. As a result, SOL has rallied a whopping 14,665% in 2021, reflecting the demand for an ETH alternative in the cryptocurrency space.

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With Bitcoin slowing down, altcoins, especially Solana and a handful of other DeFi coins, are rallying. Moreover, Ignition saw 5,879 projects sign up for the 4th global hackathon on Solana. The prize pool is hovering around $5.1 million with a grand prize of $75,000 and famous faces in the cryptocurrency ecosystem like FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, Coinshares’ CSO Meltem Demirrors, Circle founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire and so on judging these projects.

SOL price prepares for lift-off

Solana price rose 43% from October 19 to October 25 and created a new all-time high at $219.27. This run-up was an explosive one with minor retracements. Therefore, investors can expect SOL to undergo a short-term corrective action before embarking on a new leg-up.

The support area ranging from $185.30 to $204.45 is where the pullback finds a cushion and receives enough buying pressure to reverse its trend. Assuming the reversal occurs here, SOL needs to flip the $216.91 resistance barrier into a support floor. Doing so will allow Solana price to take aim at the new all-time high at $238.67 or the 161.8% Fibonacci extension level.

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In a highly bullish case, Solana price could extend its run-up to $301 after a 50% ascent to the 261.8% Fibonacci extension level.

SOL/USDT 6-hour chart

SOL/USDT 6-hour chart

While things are looking good for Solana price, a breakdown of the demand zone ranging from $185.3 to $200.37 will be catastrophic. In this situation, SOL could retrace to the $175 support floor and, in dire cases, $151.05. While this downswing does not invalidate the bullish thesis, it will delay it.

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