The cost to purchase one Ethereum might exceed its previous record high this week.
That is, according to Josh Rager. On Monday, the independent market analyst said that he sees ETH/USD making a run towards the $1,250-1,350 area as resistance. Meanwhile, a clear breakout move above the said range would have the pair test its January 2018 high of $1,419.96.
“The final target is $5k for me in the next year,” added Mr. Rager. “But now – the target to hit is $1,250 to $1,350 is resistance.”
What Pumped Ethereum?
Mr. Rager’s statements surfaced in the wake of Ethereum’s volatile price rally over the weekend and Monday. It surged by almost 60 percent, hitting $1,168.99 before turning lower towards $1,000 in its opening week move. Meanwhile, its market capitalization climbed to near $119 billion, making 13.68 percent of the overall cryptocurrency market valuation.
It is not clear what specifically caused the Ethereum bull run, but many analysts agreed that its gains emerged as a part of a so-called altcoin season.
ETH/USD’s upside moves matched sentiments across other top assets (except Bitcoin). For instance, Litecoin’s LTC climbed 11.50 percent on a 24-hour adjusted timeframe. Chainlink’s LINK surged 15 percent, while Cardano’s ADA and Bitcoin Cash’s BCH jumped 21 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
Meanwhile, leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin corrected by approx 9 percent after hitting its all-time high near $34,500 on Sunday. Its market capitalization also slipped from 72 percent to 68.89 percent, signaling that traders decided to sell its top to seek opportunities in the altcoin market. It benefited Ethereum.
Ethereum also drew its bullish cues also from the anticipation of higher demand as its active supply runs dry.
Ki-Young Ju, CEO of South Korea-based blockchain analytics platform CryptoQuant, stated that the ETH reserves across all the cryptocurrency exchanges have decreased by 20 percent since May 2020. He noted that the supply might be going into decentralized exchanges, staking contracts, and self or third-party custodial wallets.
“It seems the sell-side liquidity crunch started to hit ETH just like the BTC market,” Mr. Ju tweeted.
Data fetched from EtherScan shows that Ethereum’s very-own smart contract that powers its recent upgrade to proof-of-stake has locked about 2.2 million ETH out of supply. It is equivalent to $2.33 billion at the press time.
“Almost 2 percent of ETH supply is staked on the ETH2 deposit contract. I think this illiquidity makes the ETH price goes higher in the long-term,” stated Mr. Ju.
Meanwhile, ETH locked inside DeFi pools is about 6.97 million, according to separate data provided by DeFi Pulse.
Ethereum’s realized cap spikes to record highs as capital floods in: Report
Cointelegraph By Samuel Haig
Ethereum’s realized capitalization has increased by nearly 50% in January so far to tag new all-time highs above $70 billion, according to CoinMetrics.
The data shows that Ethereum’s realized cap has more than tripled since dropping below $25 billion in during March 2020’s “Black Thursday” crash..
The realized capitalization metric calculates the value of a crypto asset’s supply according to when each unit last moved on-chain. The indicator seeks to estimate the price actually paid for each ETH in circulation — rather than simply multiply the current price by the total supply as market cap does. However, realized cap cannot account for coins that are only traded on centralized exchanges and do not move on-chain.
The indicator is designed to offer a way to compensate for lost or unclaimed coins by ignoring their appreciation from the time each unit was last transferred on-chain.
By ignoring the fluctuating capitalization of dormant coins, realized cap offers a signal for when new capital is flowing into a given market, with CoinMetrics inferring that many new investors may have been buying the bags of seasoned ETH whales during January’s bull market.
The report also noted a 5% spike in the number of Ethereum addresses holding more than 10,000 Ether, with 1,241 wallets currently holding $13.8 million or more in ETH. As such, CoinMetrics concludes that “institutional investors are starting to buy ETH.”
The growth of Ethereum’s realized cap appears to have outperformed that of Bitcoin’s last year, with Glassnode reporting that BTC’s realized cap had grown 50% since the beginning of 2020 as of Dec. 15. CoinMetrics’ data indicates Ethereum had seen an 85% increase over the same period.
Blockchain Center’s Flippening Index currently estimates that Ethereum is 71% of the way to surpassing Bitcoin according to eight key metrics — comprising a new all-time high for the indicator.
The index notes Ethereum has already surpassed Bitcoin by transaction fees and transaction count, and estimates that transaction volume and node count are at 99% and 97% of Bitcoin’s respectively.
3 reasons why Ethereum price is still on track to top $2,000
Cointelegraph By Marcel Pechman
After dropping 27% over three days, Ether (ETH) price finally reached a bottom at $1,040 on Jan. 22.
The sharp correction liquidated $600 billion worth of future contracts but interestingly, Ether price rebounded to a new all-time high even as Bitcoin price continues to trade in a slight downtrend.
According to Cointelegraph, the increasing TVL and transaction volumes of the decentralized finance sector are behind Ether’s impressive surge.
To determine whether the recent pump reflects a potential local top, we’ll take a closer look at on-chain flows and derivatives data.
Exchange withdrawals point to whale accumulation
Increasing withdrawals from exchanges can be caused by multiple factors, including staking, yield farming, and buyers sending coins to cold storage. Usually, a steady flow of net deposits indicate a willingness to sell in the short-term. On the other hand, net withdrawals are generally related to periods of whale accumulation.
As the above chart shows, on Jan. 23, centralized exchanges recently reached their lowest Ether reserve levels since November 2018.
Although there is some discussion whether part of this Ether exodus is an internal transfer between Bitfinex cold wallets, there has been a clear net withdrawal trend over the past month. Despite these ‘rumors’, the data points towards accumulation.
This data also coincides with the DeFi’s total value locked (TVL) reaching a $26 billion all-time high and signals investors chose to take advantage of the lucrative yield opportunities that exist outside of centralized exchanges.
Futures were overbought
By measuring the expense gap between futures and the regular spot market, a trader can gauge the level of bullishness in the market.
The 3-month futures should usually trade with a 6% to 20% annualized premium (basis) versus regular spot exchanges. Whenever this indicator fades or turns negative, this is an alarming red flag. This situation is known as backwardation and indicates that the market is turning bearish.
On the other hand, a sustainable basis above 20% signals excessive leverage from buyers, creating the potential for massive liquidations and eventual market crashes.
The above chart shows that the premium peaked at 6.5% on Jan. 19, equal to a 38% annualized rate. This level is considered extremely overbought, as traders need an even higher price increase ahead of expiration to profit from it.
Overbought derivatives levels should be considered a yellow flag, although maintaining them for short periods is normal. Traders might momentarily exceed their regular leverage during the rally and later purchase the underlying asset (Ether) to adjust the risk.
One way or another, the market adjusted itself during the Ether price crash, and the futures premium currently stands at a healthy 4.5% level, or 28% annualized.
Spot volume remains strong and traders bought the dip
In addition to monitoring futures contracts, profitable traders also track volume in the spot market. Typically, low volumes indicate a lack of confidence. Therefore significant price increases should be accompanied by robust trading activity.
Over the past week, Ether has averaged $6.1 billion in daily volume, and while this figure is far from the $12.3 billion all-time high seen on Jan. 11, it is still 240% higher than December’s. Therefore, the activity supporting the recent $1,477 all-time high is a positive indicator.
Exchange-provided data highlights traders’ long-to-short net positioning. By analyzing every client’s position on the spot, perpetual and futures contracts, one can obtain a clearer view of whether professional traders are leaning bullish or bearish.
With this said, there are occasional discrepancies in the methodologies between different exchanges so viewers should monitor changes instead of absolute figures.
The top traders index at Binance and Huobi have held roughly the same Ether position over the past couple of days. Huobi’s average over the past 30 days has averaged a 0.83 long-to-short ratio while at Binance traders held a 0.94 average. The current reading at 0.85 indicates a slight negative sentiment.
OKEx stands out as the top traders long-to-short ratio peaked at 2.0, strongly favoring longs in the early hours of Jan. 22, but it decreased until Jan. 24 and finally bottomed at 1.05. The strong net selling trend was reverted today as traders bought the dip and the indicator flipped to 1.17 in favor of longs.
One should keep in mind that arbitrage desks and market makers encompass a vast portion of the exchanges’ top traders metric. The unusually high futures premium would incentivize those clients to create short positions in futures contracts while simultaneously buying Ether spot positions.
Considering Ether’s on-chain data indicating whales hoarding, along with the healthy futures contracts premium, the market structure seems reliable.
The fact that top traders at OKEx also bought today’s dip is further indication that the rally should see continuation.
The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.
Aave hits record $288 high as demand for flash loans and staking increases
Cointelegraph By Jordan Finneseth
Aave (AAVE) price has been on an absolute tear for weeks and today the DeFi-token rallied to a new all-time high at $288.90.
The decentralized finance protocol is one of the most popular in the market and the recent rally in the DeFi sector is one of the driving forces behind AAVE’s rally.
At the start of 2021, AAVE price was trading at $83 and the recent rally appears to have bolstered the protocol’s surging total value locked, increasing buy volume on spot and derivatives exchanges and the continued development of Aave’s lending platform and flash loan issuance.
TVL soars to a new high
Data from DeFi Pulse shows that Aave’s TVL rose from $2.03 billion on Jan. 1 and as (BTC) and Ether (ETH) price went parabolic Aave’s TVL also surged.
Currently, Aave’s TVL sits at a new all-time high of $3.75 billion, making the platform the second-largest DeFi platform by TVL behind Maker (MKR).
The steady addition of new tokens to the lending and borrowing protocol increases the likelihood that its TVL will continue to rise and help AAVE retain its standing as one of the top DeFi projects in the cryptocurrency space.
Staking drives demand for AAVE token
AAVE’s trading volume also surged at the beginning of 2021, increasing from $200 million on Jan. 3 to a high of $928 million on Jan. 16.
As AAVE price reached a new high, it’s 24-hour trading volume notched a record $1.06 billion. This volume surge is partially driven by investors acquiring more tokens for staking, with 26.8% of the total supply of AAVE currently staked on the platform earning an APY of 6.1%
Flash loans attract investors
Another reason for AAVE’s recent surge is the growth of its flash loans.
Flash loans allow cryptocurrency holders to collatoralize their portfolio to fund other purchases or new crypto purchases. The loans also help investors utilize the value in their tokens without the need to sell see them and create a taxable event.
Since launching flash loans less than 12 months ago, more than $1.7 billion have been issued and it’s expected that this figure will increse as the crypto bull market progresses.
As can be seen in the chart above, the most dominant token requested for flash loans is the DAI stablecoin, followed by USDC and ETH. Data from Messari shows that Aave issued $25 million in loans in the first half of 2020, $500 million in Q3, and nearly $1 billion in Q4, including $450 million in December.
The expansion of the flash loan concept will likely attract more users to Aave, especially since they can be used for arbitrage opportunities between DEXs, collateral swaps, self-liquidations and a variety of other applications within the DeFi sector.
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