The Ethereum price is now trading above $3k. It was expected; nothing new. The trigger for this was the activation of EIP-1559 and the coin burning that came with it.
Thus far, millions worth of ETH have been taken out of circulation.
Ethereum Gas Rising
But here’s the bummer: Gas prices are beginning to rise.
We are now seeing spikes in gas fees that make ETH basically unusable for all but the richest users.
— Lark Davis (@TheCryptoLark) August 10, 2021
As of writing, an ordinary transaction would offset a user roughly $20, more than triple the figure it was at some point in June.
EIP-1559 was meant to bring about order. Predictability was the word, and user experience was the reason.
Indeed this might have been achieved, failing to tame rising fees.
The reason why Gas is rising is pinned on the expanding NFTs market. While this could be a hindrance, it demonstrates the level of activity in Ethereum.
Evidently, without a doubt, the best liquidity, NFTs marketplaces, and DeFi protocols reside in Ethereum.
Therefore, the resulting demand bids up Gas prices as the network can only process a given number of transactions every 14 seconds at spot rates.
Poly Network Hacked
Meanwhile, a hacker attacked the cross-chain DeFi platform Poly Network dApp on its three chains—Ethereum, Polygon, and the Binance Smart Chain (BSC), cumulatively siphoning around $600 million of crypto assets.
We are sorry to announce that #PolyNetwork was attacked on @BinanceChain @ethereum and @0xPolygon Assets had been transferred to hacker's following addresses:
— Poly Network (@PolyNetwork2) August 10, 2021
Tether Limited has intervened, freezing $33 million of USDT.
— Paolo Ardoino (@paoloardoino) August 10, 2021
Ethereum Price Analysis
The Ethereum price is stable at the time of writing, adding 27 percent week-to-date.
Presently, ETH/USD prices are trading within a bullish breakout pattern, clearing $2.9k and $3k to the upside. ETH bull bars are tracking the upper BB, indicating strong underlying momentum as prices bottom-up after losses of May through June 2021.
Although prices are consolidating within a $200 range above $3k, every low may offer a loading opportunity for aggressive traders seeking to buy the dips, targeting $4.3k in the medium term.
Provided prices are solid above $2.9k—June 2021 highs, Ethereum buyers have the upper end, supporting the uptrend.
On the reverse side, a dump below $2.9k could see ETH/USD contract back to $2.6k in a retest.
Technical charts courtesy of Trading View
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are not investment advice. Do your research.
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