Ethereum is still second to Bitcoin regarding market cap. However, Ethereum handles more transactions than all the other cryptocurrencies combined, so is indeed a leader in that respect.
Ethereum has also been showing signs of relative strength recently. With the cryptocurrency market acting poorly the last couple of weeks, Ethereum is down only 25% from its all-time high, whereas Bitcoin is down nearly 50%.
A lot will depend on how the overall cryptocurrency market behaves, but for now, Ethereum is holding up well and could continue higher if conditions improve.
Let’s take a look at Ethereum on multiple timeframes and see what the charts are telling us.
ETH/USD – Weekly Chart
We can see on the weekly chart that Ethereum has been acting strong since breaking out back in November 2017.
It has respected its 10-week simple moving average (SMA) while moving higher and remains above it today, despite the cryptocurrency market performing poorly the last couple of weeks.
If Ethereum continues its move higher, the near-term target is the high at $1420.
Ethereum may need to consolidate and rest here for a while before resuming its uptrend. If the price breaks below the 10-week SMA, then we will likely see a deeper pullback. Look for support at the 20-week SMA or near $700 if this occurs.
ETH/USD – Daily Chart
The daily chart shows how Ethereum has moved higher in a series of steps. Consolidating, breaking out higher, consolidating and then breaking out higher again.
Ethereum is now consolidating once again, will we soon see a breakout higher and a continuation of this pattern? If so, the near-term target would be the highs at $1420.
There was a heavy volume day on the 17th January 2018. The big red bar seems concerning at first, but if we look a little closer, we can see that the price found support this day at the 50-day SMA. The price didn’t close far from where it opened, so it’s hard to determine if the heavy volume came from buyers or sellers.
If Ethereum breaks below the 50-day SMA, look for support between $700 and $800 or near the 100-day SMA.
ETH/USD – 4-Hour Chart
A triangle pattern can be seen on the 4-hour chart. If the price breaks out higher from this, then we could see Ethereum moving up towards $1400.
If the price breaks lower the next support area would be near $750, an area where the price has broken out from and found support at before.
Key areas to watch:
- $1420 (All-time High) – Target area if Ethereum continues higher.
- 10–week & 50-day SMA – Bullish if the price can remain above these.
- 20–week & 100-day SMA – Potential support areas if the price moves lower.
- $700 – $800 – Potential support area if the price moves lower.
- Triangle Pattern (4–hour chart) – Watch to see what direction price breaks out in.
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