“Financial institutions and non-bank payment institutions cannot offer services to activities and operations related to virtual currencies,” the People’s Bank of China said in a statement on its website Friday, adding that online crypto services to Chinese residents offered by offshore exchanges are also “illegal financial activities.”
Bids for the ETH/USD pair dropped by up to 13.30% to $2,735 in response. At its week-to-date (WTD) high, traders paid as much as $3,346 for a single Ether token but fell to as low as $2,651 after a tumult in China’s heavily indebted property sector hit crypto markets.
As a result, Bitcoin, the world’s leading cryptocurrency, also fell from its WTD high of $47,358 to as low as $2,651. Meanwhile, its prices fell by 9.38% on Friday—a massive intraday decline but lower than Ether’s drop in the same period.
So it appears, traders decided to dump the digital assets that posted better long-term profits than Bitcoin. For instance, even after the latest declines, ETH/USD’s year-to-date (YTD) gains came out to be above 280%. In contrast, Bitcoin’s YTD profits were a little over 40%.
ETH/BTC falls to multi-week lows
Ether also underperformed directly against Bitcoin, with the ETH/BTC pair falling to 0.066 BTC for the first time in more than three weeks. At its yearly high, the pair traded at 0.079 BTC.
Nonetheless, Ethereum charts suggest that Ether would grow stronger against Bitcoin in the coming sessions. That is mainly due to a Bull Flag formation in ETH/BTC market, a bullish continuation pattern that surfaces when prices consolidate lower/sideways (FLAG) following a strong uptrend (FLAGPOLE).
A Bull Flag typically sets its profit targets at length equal to the Flagpole’s size if the price breaks above its channel’s upper trendline. That said, ETH/BTC may undergo a bullish breakout to eye its previous local high of 0.0824 BTC.
Bullish fundamentals persist
Meanwhile, the Ethereum token also expects to surge overall because of its growth in the emerging decentralized finance (DeFi) sector. As Cointelegraph reported earlier, the total value locked (TVL) across the decentralized applications (dapp) industry reached $142 billion in August 2021, out of which 68% was concentrated on the Ethereum network.
That ensures more demand for Ether tokens for its ability to power smart contracts that back dapps. On the other hand, its active supply across the board anticipates declines as holders continue to lock their ETH holdings into Ethereum’s proof-of-stake smart contract.
More supply expects to go out of circulation as the Ethereum network continues to burn a portion of its daily 13,000 ETH issuance following its Aug. 5 London Hard Fork upgrade. According to WatchTheBurn, the network has burned 358,616 ETH worth over $1 billion.
Crypto Analyst Nicholas Merten Makes Massive Ethereum Prediction for End of Bull Cycle – Here’s His Target
Prominent crypto analyst Nicholas Merten says that top smart contract platform Ethereum (ETH) may grow another 325% before the current bull cycle comes to an end.
In a new strategy session, the host of DataDash tells his 458,000 YouTube subscribers what he thinks it will take for Ethereum to eventually smash the $20,000 level.
“If everything goes perfect for Ethereum, if we get that opportunity to be able to get ETH to launch properly, people using roll-ups, whether it be zero-knowledge roll-ups or optimistic roll-ups, generally ‘layer-2 solutions,’ we could see a $20,000 Ethereum this cycle. I know it sounds crazy but when you look at the logarithmic chart we’ve seen these kinds of percentage returns before.”
Rollups are solutions that execute transactions outside the main Ethereum chain, but record transaction data on it. The two types of roll-ups are zero-knowledge (ZK) rollups and optimistic rollups.
The closely followed analyst says that if Ethereum maintains solid fundamentals, a rally to the $20,000 may not be as overly optimistic as it sounds. He notes that such a gain would only be about half of what ETH achieved in the first five months of 2021.
“I think it’s very reasonable we could see this kind of price level. Somewhere between our neutral and optimistic target. To play it safe, I would say that we’ve got a really solid steady stream of price action for Ethereum ahead of us. The key thing to understand is that there are periods of this cycle where Ethereum outpaces Bitcoin, which makes these higher targets reasonable.”
Ethereum is currently trading for $4,685 at time of writing, up 7% over the last week while Bitcoin has remained almost completely sideways in the same timeframe.
Ethereum price builds the momentum to hit new all-time highs
- Ethereum price develops an entry condition before a test of $5,000.
- The outperformance of Bitcoin is likely to be sustained.
- Downside risks remain but are limited.
Ethereum price is up more than 16% for the week, reflecting a resurgence of buying pressure despite the last three weeks of uncertainty. Point and Figure Analysis indicates a bullish entry opportunity is present.
Ethereum price action prepares for another run at $5,000
Ethereum price is positioned to be the primary leader in the cryptocurrency space again. It has broken out above the upper trendline of the bear flag it was trading in, denying any short sellers an opportunity to continue further selling pressure. The $4,800 price level is the final resistance zone that bulls must cross to put Ethereum at new all-time highs.
A double-top at $4,800 currently exists on the $50/3-box reversal Point and Figure chart. That double-top top creates what is likely the final buying opportunity before Ethereum hits its new all-time high. Therefore, the hypothetical long setup is a buy stop order at $4,850, a stop loss at $4,600 and a profit target at $6,250. The projected profit target is derived from the Vertical Profit Target Method in Point and Figure Analysis.
Conservative traders may wish to wait for a pullback from the current double-top and then look for a triple-top to develop. Additionally, conservative traders could wait for a Bear Trap, Bearish Fakeout, or Bearish Shakeout pattern before going long.
ETH/USDT Daily Ichimoku Chart
However, downside risks remain. Ethereum could very quickly develop a deep retracement towards the $3,300 level despite a breakout above the former bear flag. Hidden bearish divergence is now present on the daily Ichimoku chart, warning traders that the current upswing may be a false move. A daily close that returns Ethereum inside the bear flag would likely trigger a move south and invalidate any bullish entry opportunities on the Point and Figure chart.
Ethereum-Based Altcoin Erupts 280% in Just Seven Days After Announcing New Gaming Partnership
An altcoin that specializes in financial services is surging after forging a new partnership with one of the hottest metaverse games.
The price of Request Network’s native token REQ exploded 280% to the upside as news spread that popular virtual world The Sandbox (SAND) had started using Request’s basket of accounting services.
The altcoin rose from $0.20 to $0.76 in a matter of days. At time of writing, REQ is trading for $0.73.
According to the project’s website,
“Payment experiences should be free from artificial barriers imposed by closed ecosystems. We work together with leading innovators and organizations in the decentralized financial (DeFi) ecosystem to create seamless financial experiences.”
Main features of the Request Network include generating invoices to receive payments in different cryptocurrencies as well as accounting tools for financial management.
The Sandbox co-founder Sebastien Borget says that only Request Network offered the scope of solutions needed to ensure efficient workflow.
“Payments and accounting are challenging for large companies that deal in crypto. Making manual payments to large numbers of blockchain wallet addresses, and recording the transactions took up precious time and energy from the team each month.
We really needed a way to automate payments to our employees and contractors, and easily account for the company’s crypto transactions and assets during annual financial audits.
Using Request Finance has helped us slash the time we spent on making crypto payments by 90% every month. That frees up our time and mental resources to focus on building a better platform for our community of creators and gamers.”
Request Network has forged a number of partnerships as well, including with Maker (MKR), Aave (AAVE), Ocean Protocol (OCEAN), and The Graph (GRT).