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Ethereum could perform better than Bitcoin, but here’s the catch…

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After the price fall of 16 November, the top assets’ price trajectories have baffled the market, and not in a pleasant way for sure. Bitcoin dropped by almost 13% while Ethereum saw an over 15% price fall as bearish sentiment took over the market. 

Nonetheless, over the last couple of days, there seems to be a sort of recovery in terms of price as BTC’s daily chart finally noted green candlesticks. While Ethereum was back above the $4300 mark, BTC still oscillated under the crucial $60K mark. Over the last 24-hours, BTC noted 0.8% gains while ETH was up 1.16%. 

Seemingly, Ethereum’s better price gains over the last couple of days pushed the narrative that Ethereum could probably outperform Bitcoin in the coming weeks. However, could this truly pan out the way it’s intended? 

Ethereum could take the lead

Even amid the price chaos, significantly more coins left exchanges than entered (close to $3 billion between BTC and ETH alone). This signifies that investors weren’t panicking despite the drop. While Bitcoin’s network revenues dropped 22% to a six-week low, Ethereum’s weekly fees remained high around $450 million. 

With Bitcoin’s performance relatively weakening, the market’s eyes might be turning to ETH for a quicker recovery. The Exchange Supply Shock Ratio (ESSR), which gives an insight into the underlying demand and supply of the asset, presents a similar bullish picture for Ethereum in the near future.

Notably, the ratio is making new highs, while ETH/BTC price is ranging, generally, when a similar trend is seen, the price follows the direction of the ratio. 

Further, Ethereum’s price as a percentage of Bitcoin’s price also saw a slight uptick. This is usually indicative of ETH’s price taking over in terms of gains. Thus, seems like there could be a possibility of ETH outperforming BTC in the near term but there’s more to it. 

Correlation still intact

Ethereum and the larger market haven’t been independent of the king coin’s price momentum. Even though ETH’s trajectory was on an uphill ride all through the last month, BTC and the larger market’s losses engulfed ETH’s rally. 

Further, ETH-BTC Realized correlation shows that ETH hasn’t really decoupled from the king coin. ETH-BTC one-month realized correlation showed how the correlation between the two has spiked since 1 November. 

ETHBTC Realized correlation | Source: Skew

For the first week of November, the assets showed higher gains and made new ATHs on 10 November. However, as the correlation rose, the asset’s dependence was more closely seen. The correlation rose to the highest that is 85% on 18 November as the assets dropped in price. 

So while with the current gains, a better performance in the near term by Ethereum can’t be denied, there seems that the dependence on the top coin could still play spoilsport in the future.


Varuni is a full-time journalist with AMBCrypto. She is interested in covering the socio-political aspects of U.S and South-Asian crypto markets. She is a post-graduate in mass communication with a specialization in Journalism and she has a keen eye for market trends.
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