- ETH price is building up downside pressure while clinging to the 200-SMA support.
- RSI remains flat below the midline, keeping the sellers cheerful.
- A drop towards $2450 remains in the offing if the 200-SMA caves in.
Ethereum, the no.2 widely traded digital asset, remains under pressure for the second straight day, consolidating Friday’s steep losses.
ETH price snapped its two-day rebound from monthly lows of $2651, as it got sold-off into the latest Chinese crackdown.
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) on Friday declared all cryptocurrency transactions as illegal, imposing a ban, which saw over $400 million worth of tokens liquidated within 24 hours. Ethereum lost as much as $420 at one point before recovering to $2930.61 at the close.
At the press time, ETH/USD is trading almost unchanged on the day around $2900, having bounced off from daily lows at $2800.
Ethereum price defending 200-SMA but for how long?
Ethereum’s 12-hour chart shows that the price is wavering in a narrow range, remaining in close vicinity of the daily troughs, as ETH price is not out of the woods yet.
Having witnessed good two-way volatility recently, ETH price maintains its range play, with the bearish 21-Simple Moving Average (SMA) at $3185 capping the upside.
Meanwhile, the 200-SMA at $2734 continues to offer support to ETH bulls. However, with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) still holding below the midline and bear cross in play, the path of least resistance appears to the downside.
Note that the 21-SMA breached the 100-SMA from above, confirming a bear cross on the said time frame on Thursday.
Once the 200-SMA gives way, a test of the horizontal trendline support at $2450 cannot be ruled out. The $2400 round number would be next on the sellers’ radars.
ETH/USD: 12-hour chart
On the upside, immediate resistance is placed at the 21-SMA, above which the horizontal 100-SMA at $3305 will be put to test.
ETH buyers will seek fresh entries above the latter, paving the way towards the downward-pointing 50-SMA at $3418.
Here’s What’s Next for Ethereum, Solana and Elrond, According to Crypto Trader Michaël van de Poppe
Crypto analyst and trader Michaël van de Poppe is plotting the potential path ahead for smart contract platforms Ethereum and Solana, as well as internet-scale blockchain Elrond.
In a new strategy session, Van de Poppe tells his 135,000 YouTube subscribers that he expects Ethereum (ETH) to respect its immediate resistance at $3,900 one more time before finally breaking out.
“At this stage, we’re facing resistance for the third time assuming that we might be getting a rally like this (move to $4,000) before we correct a little bit and continue running after the corrective move has taken place on Bitcoin and ETH. In that case, probably around $4,000 we can still hit.”
Looking at Solana (SOL), the crypto strategist expects the seventh-largest crypto asset to continue its correction before it could restart its uptrend and print a new all-time high at $240.
“At this stage, jumping into Solana is quite tricky, to be honest. If you’re looking at the price action, you want to look at support levels to jump into. So you’re looking at those ranges ($122, $97 and $78) to potentially build your position towards the next run as the assumption is that we most likely are going to get run over it in the next phase of this bull cycle.”
The last coin on the trader’s radar is Elrond against Bitcoin (EGLD/BTC), which he says is poised to print a higher low at its current trading value of 0.0036 BTC, worth $222.87.
“First point of interest hit on EGLD.”
According to the trader’s chart, the EGLD/BTC looks ready to ignite a rally to a new all-time at 0.007 BTC ($433.36), marking a potential upside of over 94% from current prices.
Ethereum Forecast and ETH/USD Analysis October 19, 2021
Ethereum are trading at 3808 and continue to move as part of the rise and the downtrend channel. The capitalization of the Ethereum cryptocurrency at the time of the publication of the forecast is $ 449,369,451,688. Moving averages indicate a short-term bullish trend for Ethereum. Prices are again testing the area between the signal lines, which indicates pressure from buyers and a potential continuation of the rise in the asset value from the current levels. At the moment, we should expect an attempt to develop a correction in the value of the coin and a test of the resistance level near the area of 3655. Where can we expect a rebound and a continuation of the rise in the Ethereum rate with a potential target above 4505.
Ethereum Forecast and ETH/USD Analysis October 19, 2021
An additional signal in favor of the growth of ETH/USD quotes will be a test of the support line on the relative strength index (RSI). The second signal will be a rebound from the lower border of the bullish channel. Cancellation of the option to raise the cryptocurrency will be a fall and a breakdown of the level of 3325. This will indicate a breakdown of the support area and a continued fall in ETH/USD quotes below 2805. With the breakdown of the resistance area and closing of quotes above the level of 4055, we should expect confirmation of the development of a bullish movement in Ethereum.
Ethereum Forecast and ETH/USD Analysis October 19, 2021 suggests an attempt to correct and test the support area near the level of 3655. Where can we expect a rebound and the continuation of the rise of the ETH/USD cryptocurrency to the area above the level of 4505. An additional signal in favor of the rise of Ethereum will be a test of the line trend on the relative strength index (RSI). Cancellation of the growth option for the digital currency will be a breakdown of the 3325 area. This will indicate a continued fall in the digital currency with a potential target below 2805.
Billionaire Mark Cuban Says Bitcoin Is the Best Store of Value but Likes Ethereum More – Here’s Why
Shark Tank star and billionaire Mark Cuban believes Bitcoin is the best store of value in the market but says he likes Ethereum more.
Cuban tells his 8.5 million followers in a tweetstorm that Bitcoin’s (BTC) biggest advantage is that it has “zero competition” as a store of value (SOV).
“BTC is what it is. The best SOV on the market… [In my opinion], it’s not a cure for any financial system. It’s not a hedge to anything. Its utility will be driven more by lightning [network] than anything, and its value will be driven by supply and demand. Nothing wrong with that. Gold folks do the EXACT same thing… [In my opinion], BTC has become like gold, an SOV that is now a religion.”
Although Cuban believes that Bitcoin is the top store-of-value asset in the market, he highlights that smart contract platform Ethereum (ETH) and layer-2 (L2) solutions have more utility than BTC. Layer-2 solutions are protocols built on top of blockchains like ETH to increase transactional throughput.
“I like Eth/L2s more, and there is no point arguing the trilemma, halving or inflation. I like it more because I can see an unlimited number of applications that will change the biz/consumer world forever. And to use them you need to buy Eth/L2. BTC doesn’t have that demand-pull.
So when I said bananas have more utility than BTC, but BTC was a better gold than gold, I meant it. The BTC play is not utility unless something unexpected happens with Lightning. Bananas vs ETH? ETH has more utility. Want more proof? Jjust look at the transaction fees for BTC.”
While Cuban is a big fan of smart contract platforms, he says that in the long run, investors might throw their capital into BTC. The billionaire believes that smart contract platforms are in a struggle to attract decentralized applications and users.
“All the smart contract chains, and really ALL the blockchains are in a DEATH war to win those applications. Many will lose.
That will also be a HUGE WIN for BTC. When multi-billion [dollar] blockchains become near inactive, a lot of people will see BTC and ETH as safe-havens, and the more conservative crypto play will be BTC. The SOV play will accelerate its value. It will be the safe haven of crypto.”