Ethereum Still in Bear Territory
Ethereum hasn’t been doing too hot right now. As can be seen in the chart below, ETH has absolutely plummeted against Bitcoin over the past year and a half, failing to match to BTC’s price action.
Some, however, have suggested that the bear trend is getting exhausted, especially seeing that the ETH/BTC pair is down by over 80% since its all-time high in early-2018, when Ethereum was changing hands for $1,400. This seems to be the case; ETH just surged 20% off its lows in September and seems to be building an uptrend.
Yet, the analyst below has said that until ETH/BTC breaks above the 0.0240 BTC level, there is “literally no hope for ETH to outperform Bitcoin.”
ETH/BTC may still seem to be in a harrowing position, but the U.S. dollar pair is purportedly building strength.
Brave New Coin’s Josh Olszewicz recently noted that the cryptocurrency’s recent consolidation in the $180 price region has allowed ETH to print a bullish chart pattern, an ascending triangle — a signal that often implies bullish trend continuation for the asset in question. He notes that a measured move for this triangle would be a 15% rally to $215 over the coming weeks.
While Ethereum currently has no chances at strongly outperforming Bitcoin, according to the above analyst, there are some signs that altcoins may soon embark on a rally.
Altcoins Readying to Run?
Popular crypto trader Loma recently noted that the total cryptocurrency market capitalization (sans Bitcoin) recently bounced off “the 2017 ‘altseason’ launchpad,” which is where this metric started the aforementioned historic altseason.
He added that with Bitcoin seeing its “highest volume profile ever right at monthly support,” he is expecting for altcoins to move higher “across the board” heading into the end of 2019 and the start of 2020.
That’s not all. The aggregate crypto market cap is about to form a golden cross. In this case, the golden cross will see the 50-day exponential moving average (EMA) cross above the 200-day exponential moving average. This will imply that cryptocurrencies across the board are about to start their next leg higher.
It is, however, important to note that there have been some skeptics of this sentiment. As reported by Ethereum World News last week, the one-week Bitcoin dominance chart is currently building what an analyst has dubbed an “altcoin death divergence,” which is marked by a decrease in the Relative Strength Index and another indicator as dominance has trended higher.
Also, cryptocurrency investor TortoiseTrading pointed out in a recent tweet that the recent Bitcoin dominance uptick has forced the metric out of a falling wedge pattern, which implies further upside.