Altcoin market cap returns to $700 billio
At the time of writing, ETH/BTC is working to retain the newly-won level, as traders query how long its strength might last.
Not for long then
Noting a trend to pile into altcoins developing, on-chain analytics firm Glassnode eyed a desire among investors to heighten risk exposure in the current atmosphere.
“According to Swissblock’s Altcoin Cycle Signal, some of bitcoin’s force tempered as investors divested into altcoins in a lower-risk environment,” co-founders Yann Allemann and Jan Happel wrote in the latest edition of their “Uncharted” newsletter.
“Since ethereum’s merge became clearer, ethereum has outperformed bitcoin, driving altcoins higher.”
ETH price analysis still favors bear market
Turning to potential price targets for Ethereum, traders nonetheless remained conservative after months of upside.
“Once untapped highs start getting tapped (and no reversal is given), the rest of the highs typically meet the same fate. Don’t have my eyes on an exact level or setup for long opportunity just yet, but will update if I see one.”
“HTF trend neutral bearish: It is not a bull market, just less of a bear market. Under water bag holders blessed with an opportunity to derisk at $2k resistance.”
In its latest market update to Telegram channel subscribers, meanwhile, trading firm QCP Capital echoed the need for a cautious approach to further gains in a burgeoning altcoin market.
Of particular interest, staff wrote, was open interest (OI) on derivatives markets, with ETH eclipsing BTC activity by almost double.
“ETHBTC has broken above the 0.08 level and ETH option Open Interest (OI) is at an all-time high of $8 billion, overshadowing BTC option OI of $5 billion. This is unprecedented,” it wrote.
“Concerns around a hard fork remain with September ETH futures trading below -8% (annualised) vs. spot. We have been taking some profit on our long spot vs. short futures spread position.”
Ethereum’s September Merge event, it added, could turn out to be something of an inflection point for markets.
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