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Can ETH reclaim the $2000 throne as the market enjoys some bullish relief

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Following the FOMC meeting, ETH did witness some signs of a bullish stride. However, with the ETH whales in selling mode, a bullish narrative remains questionable.

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  • ETH volumes and liquidations highlighted subdued activity.
  • ETH’s struggle to gain bullish momentum was seen as whales continued selling.

Ethereum’s native cryptocurrency ETH has been stuck in a bit of a stalemate for two weeks, and investors are anxiously waiting to see which direction the market will lean.

The probability of a bullish breakout from the stalemate just went up a notch thanks to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s 25 basis point rate hike.

Some bullish strides here…

We observed the return of some bullish momentum in the previous instances where the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a similar rate hike figure. As such, ETH and most other top cryptos experienced a bit of bullish excitement in the few hours after the rate hike announcement. One of the main signs of the excitement was the surge in deposit contracts in the last 24 hours.

Now the big question is whether ETH will maintain the bullish momentum and head for yet another retest of $2,000. The answer depends on multiple factors, and the key among them is the level of demand that the cryptocurrency can achieve in the next few hours.

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One of the best ways to assess the level of buy pressure is to look at the level of leveraged liquidations that may trigger buy pressure. The estimated leverage ratio achieved a downward pivot within the last two days as the price gained bullish momentum. Meanwhile, short liquidations soared since the start of May.

ETH short liquidations and estimated leverage ratio

Source: CryptoQuant

The above observations suggested that the leverage pivot may have disfavored leveraged shorts. However, the subsequent surge in liquidations has so far been smaller or less intense than the previous wave of liquidations on 26 April. In other words, the subsequent bullish momentum had been subdued, largely due to low volumes.

ETH volume

Source: Santiment

So far the markets have demonstrated a lack of significant confidence to support a decent enough rally to reclaim the $2000 price level. Not so long ago we looked into the fact that traders were shifting to a short-term focus and that seems to be the case in the last few days.

ETH: A tale of low volatility and directional weakness

ETH, at the time of writing, was still seen having a tough time securing more upside as seen in its recent price action despite the hopes of a sizable mid-week bounce. It exchanged hands at $1875 at press time.

ETH price action

Source: TradingView

How many are 1,10,100 ETHs worth today

ETH’s MFI confirmed that there were some inflows that were in line with the slight mid-week bullish momentum. However, a look at whale activity revealed that the whales continued selling despite the recent relief from the FED.

ETH whale activity

Source: Glassnode

ETH traders should keep an eye out for whale activity. This is because the bulls will likely not have the strength to push past the $2000 range without support from the whales.


Michael is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. He has 5 years of experience in finance and forex and more than two years as a writer in the crypto and blockchain segments. Michael's writing at AMBCrypto is primarily focused on cryptocurrency market news and technical analysis. His interests include motorcycles and exotic cars.
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