- Ethereum has seen an explosive performance over recent weeks. The asset has gained approximately 50% in the past 10 days alone.
- This recent rally comes after a multi-year bear market that broke the asset under $100.
- ETH remains below some critical resistance levels yet the recent rally has made many holders of the cryptocurrency profitable.
- On-chain metrics indicate that a vast majority of ETH was acquired at a price lower than current. That’s to say, a majority of Ethereum holders are currently profitable.
- This may be bearish for the cryptocurrency as last time this percentage of the ETH supply was in profit, the asset faced a retracement.
- This drop is not guaranteed as Ethereum has better fundamentals than it did during the last bull cycle.
Ethereum Could See Retracement Per Historical Standards
When the price of an asset increases, the incentive one has to sell that asset increases. This is the case with stocks, precious metal, real estate, and crypto. A profit-taking sell-off may soon play out with Ethereum, according to historical analysis of on-chain data.
“Over 90% of the circulating #ETH supply is now in a state of profit, i.e. the current price is higher compared to the price at the time the coins last moved,” Glassnode commented on the chart seen below.”
Chart of ETH's macro price action with the percent of the cryptocurrency's supply in profit from Glassnode.
This is important to ETH’s price action because the last time this was seen was in February 2018, when ETH was trading at $925. Ethereum proceeded to retrace by approximately 50% to the Aprils lows of $380.
That’s to say, should history rhyme, the cryptocurrency may soon suffer a strong retracement.
Importantly, though, just because a majority of investors are in profit doesn’t mean a retracement is set in stone. In 2016 and 2017, while ETH was consistently setting new all-time highs, the asset barely sold off, reaching $1,450 in January 2018.
Could Underperform Bitcoin
Even though ETH may manage to continue rallying against the dollar, some are expecting the asset to drop against Bitcoin.
As reported by Bitcoinist previously, a Telegram channel tracking the Tom Demark Sequential has printed a textbook sell signal for ETH/BTC. The TD Sequential forms “9” and “13” candles when an asset is at a point in its trend where it is likely to reverse.
Chart of Ethereum’s price action against Bitcoin over the past few weeks by a Telegram channel tracking the TD Sequential and its signals. Chart from TradingView.com
This is a sentiment that has been shared by other analysts. One trader postulated that the weekend’s flash crash made ETH/BTC print a “channel fakeout” that could lead to a strong decline in Ethereum against Bitcoin.
Featured Image from Shutterstock Price tags: ethusd, ethbtc Charts from TradingView.com Last Time This Much Ethereum Was In Profit, ETH Declined By 30%