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Ethereum remains strong as the date of Merge is set

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Myrsini Giannouli

19 July 2022
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Cryptocurrency prices were volatile on Monday, starting strong, but retreating later in the day. Risk sentiment has been uncertain in the past few weeks, affecting crypto markets and stock markets alike. Stock markets were also volatile on Monday, rising early in the day as the dollar retreated. Later, however, stock markets fell following reports that Apple plans to cut costs. Earning reports from Goldman Sachs and the Bank of America were also disappointing on Monday, driving stock markets down. Stock markets affect cryptocurrency prices, as crypto markets have been following stock market trends and especially those of tech stocks.

Bitcoin price climbed to $22,600 early on Monday, before paring some of its gains and falling to $21,600. If Bitcoin price declines, support may be found at the $19,200 level and further down at the psychological level of $15,000, while resistance may be found near $21,800 and $23,000. 

Ethereum's price was less volatile on Monday, rising to the $1,500 level. If Ethereum price declines, it may encounter support at the $1000 level, representing its lowest price since January 2021 and further down at the psychological level of $500, while resistance may be encountered at $1,280 and higher up at $2.000.

Ethereum price skyrocketed during the weekend, following an announcement from the Ethereum Foundation that the much-anticipated ‘merge’ was set to launch on September 19th. The Merge from the Proof-of-Work to the Proof-of-Stake method will be a significant network upgrade that is expected to lead to an increase in demand for Ethereum.

Global recession fears are promoting a risk-aversion sentiment pushing cryptocurrency prices down. An increasing number of major Central Banks are moving towards a tighter fiscal policy to tame soaring inflation rates. A Fed rate hike of at least 75 bps this month is priced in by markets, putting pressure on crypto markets. Other major Central Banks are also tightening their monetary policy, with the ECB expected to raise its interest rate by 25 bps this week. Stalling economic growth combined with fiscal tightening gives rise to fears of recession, promoting a risk-aversion sentiment and putting pressure on cryptocurrencies.

On the other hand, many market participants are seeking opportunities to buy cryptocurrencies at low prices, with the expectation that they have reached the bottom. Bitcoin whales are buying the dip for major cryptocurrencies, preventing crypto markets from crashing completely. 

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