Ethereum [ETH] Rides High on DeFi, Break-out of Yearly High in View
Ethereum [ETH] has moved towards its yearly highs, as the market sentiments are starting to turn back bullish.
The recent pullback (last ween on Tuesday and Wednesday) saw swift recovery with a 7.6% rise yesterday. The price of Ethereum [ETH] on 14: 3o hours UTC on 31st August 2020 is $232.
The volume-profile ratio indicator suggests that the price has moved towards a lower volume profile. Hence, a break-out above the current range is paramount for a renewed buying interest.
ETH/USD 1-Day chart on Bitstamp (TradingView)The funding rate on BitMEX for Ethereum perpetual has crept back to 0.2% daily. During extremely bullish phases, the funding rate runs high as 0.5-0.6%. Hence, there is still room for leveraged derivates buyers. On-exchange activity is seeing a decline since mid-August. An increase in Ethereum on exchanges is usually indicative of an impending sell-off. Data analytics firm tweeted,
The amount of $ETH held on exchange addresses has been on the decline since mid-August. Investors are holding onto their #Ethereum as a value holder during times where inflation is on the rise.
Ethereum [ETH] Balance on Exchange (Source)This shift can also be attributed to the move towards DeFi platforms which offer higher yields on holding Ethereum or stablecoins. Ethereum as a platform for DeFi exchanges and Dapps, gains from the surge in on-boarding these platforms, acting as a gateway.
The DeFi Pump
The DeFi composite index on Binance is projecting a highly bullish stance of the market. According to a recent update, more than 85% of the participants continue to hold long positions on DeFi.
DeFi Market Sentiments on Binance (Source)
However, the high fees on for sending Ethereum [ETH] transactions remains to be a recurring concern for the market. The average GAS prices on top DeFi platforms is around 120 Gwei. As long as the yields are higher to compensate for the fees, the fees are not a big concern. However, the hysteria inches closer to a subsequent blow-out.
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