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Ethereum: Shapella upgrade makes ETH’s future fluctuant, more inside

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ETH’s price action after the Shapella upgrade was different from that of the Merge. Although there is a chance that the hike may not last long. and here’s why.

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– ETH holders have made good profits but the hike could lead to a correction.

-Massive liquidations hit shorts. 

Before the success of Ethereum’s [ETH] Shapella upgrade, there were doubts as to the cryptocurrency’s price action to the development. Expectedly, a number of investors were of the view that the price would drop since validator withdrawals ran into billions of dollars.

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But the market dynamics surrounding ETH’s trajectory changed from the reaction when the blockchain switched to Proof-of-Stake (PoS). This time, the price increased, and the altcoin’s 24-hour performance was a 9.77% uptick, bringing the value to trade above $2,100. 

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However, the rise in price might not be a guarantee that ETH was ready for an exponential rally. Santiment, based on its 13 April market insight, noted that there was still heated combat between bears and bulls. 

Notably, it was important to mention that the outcome of breaking the $2,000 resistance was a jump in the daily on-chain transaction volume in profit to loss ratio. At the time of writing, the metric was 3.58. This was the highest it had reached since 20 January, confirming that holders have made more profits.

ETH price and holders profit to loss ratio

Source: Santiment

But as with the last time it hit such a peak, there could be a significant taking of gains. In consequence, this could cause a temporary price drawdown. Concerning address activity, steps have differed, especially with whales.

On-chain data showed that the supply held 10 to 100 ETH addresses has significantly decreased. It was the same case with those holding 100 to 1,000 ETH. In actual fact, addressing holding 10,000 to 100, 000 ETH has reduced supply to October 2022 levels.

But there was an exception to the trend. While others engaged in profit-taking, addresses who held 1,000 to 10, 000 ETH have continued to increase supply. In a case where the action continues and outpaces those participating in selling, ETH could evade falling from the $2,000 region.

Ethereum [ETH] addressing holding a lot of the token

Source: Santiment

Suspicion bound by liquidation

Nonetheless, this still depicts a dismaying condition for ETH, since only out of the four categories remained optimistic. Furthermore, the Market Value to Realized Value (MVRV) ratio was at a point where the price could experience a correction. At press time, the 30-day MVRV ratio was 15.46%.

The same metric position in the last 365 days was 36.10%. This signified that both short-term holders and long-term investors have been wallowing in gains. Hence, there might be a concern as the ratio was in a danger zone historically required for a price drop.

Ethereum [ETH] funding rate and MVRV ratio

Source: Santiment

In terms of its funding rate, Santiment showed that traders were bounded in skepticism. The funding rate shows the number of perpetual futures contracts held by market participants.

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Since the funding rate as shown above on the Deribit exchange was negative, it implied that short positions have been paying longs. However, more liquidations for shorts could power the ETH price rise. 

From the metric evaluated, ETH seemed to pitch its tent in a bearish state. However, the outlook as the year continues might not bask in the same condition. At press time, validator withdrawals had slowed down, as the total amount to 26291.65 ETH. Although staking deposits heightened at a point, the momentum had also decreased.

Ethereum validator withdrawals

Source: Santiment


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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