Cryptocurrency prices edged higher on Wednesday on improved risk sentiment. Bitcoin price pared the losses of the past few days, touching $29,700. If the BTC price declines, support can be found near $27,000, while resistance may be encountered near $30,000.
Ethereum price also increased on Wednesday, climbing to $1,940. If Ethereum's price declines, it may encounter support near $1,760; if it increases, resistance may be encountered at $2,000.
Ethereum price went up in the past few weeks, as the highly-anticipated Shanghai upgrade took place on April 12th without incident. This upgrade allows Ethereum network validators to withdraw their staked Ethereum from the blockchain network, effectively completing its transition to a proof of stake model.
The recent banking crisis has undermined trust in the banking system, raising the appeal of investing in less conventional assets, such as cryptocurrencies. Many investors have turned towards cryptocurrencies fearing a globalised meltdown in the banking system.
Increased rate hike expectations put pressure on cryptocurrency prices, however. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by only 25 basis points at its meeting in March, bringing the benchmark interest rate to a target range of 4.75% to 5.00%. Market odds currently favor another 25-basis point rate hike at the Fed’s next meeting in May.
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