With the Merge taking place a week from now, ETH remains the market leader and outperformed Bitcoin. However, it is clear from the technical chart that there are significant obstacles standing in the path forward.
The Daily Chart
Ethereum is moving within a descending channel (in blue) on the daily chart. This resistance line has prevented further growth since registering its all-time high. When the price last hit the channel’s top in August, it suffered a drop to $1,422 as a consequence.
The scenario for the Relative Strength Index (RSI 30d) is comparable. The descending line (in white) that has formed over the last 12 months is acting as resistance.
To fulfill the two important goals — breaking out of the channel and overcoming the horizontal resistance at $1,800 — the bulls must now drive the price above that level (in red). This coincides with gaining momentum above the descending line in the RSI.
On the other hand, if the Merge turns out to be a sell-the-news event, investors should be ready for heightened pressure that could send the price back to $1350 and even lower.
Key Support Levels: $1420 & $1350
Key Resistance Levels: $1800 & $2100
Daily Moving Averages:
The ETH/BTC Chart
The structure against Bitcoin is bullish as the pair reaches its peak for this year. Buyers could push the price above 0.082 BTC (in green) on their second attempt.
The current trend shows no signs of weakness, and the likelihood of teting 0.088 BTC (in red) would increase significantly if there is no unfavorable news accompanying the Merge.
Key Support Levels: 0.0.0.082 & 0.073 BTC
Key Resistance Levels: 0.088 & 0.093 BTC
Exchange Outflow (Mean) (SMA 7)
Definition: The mean amount of coins per transaction sent from the exchange.
A high value indicates investors are withdrawing more coins per transaction. It also means decreased selling pressure.
The metric suggests that traders are eager to withdraw their coins from the exchange. As the Merge date approaches, this index, which did not climb considerably during the previous month, increases sharply (in green).
This demonstrates that investors are feeling more optimistic about the impending event. Another motive would be eligibility for ETHPOW.
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