Analysts Eye Doubling of Ethereum Prices When Staking Takes Off
Ethereum has rebounded from its weekend dip to add 8% reaching a high of $460 during Asian trading on Monday. Industry analysts are targeting $600-$800 for the next leg up should the rally continue.
Cryptocurrency markets took a bit of a dive over the weekend with a $20 billion loss in total market capitalization as the U.S. election results were announced. That dip did not last long, however, as the majors rebounded, lifting markets by Monday morning.
Ethereum Leading Gains
Ethereum has been one of the better performing crypto assets, beating Bitcoin with gains of 15% on the week as it approaches its 2020 high of $480 once again. The second most popular digital currency in the world dipped back to $425 on Saturday but reclaimed $460 by Monday morning. At the time of press, ETH prices were at $453 according to Tradingview.com.
Traders and analysts are eyeing even larger gains over the coming months which could potentially double current prices taking ETH up to $800.
Popular trader Josh Rager said he has bought ETH as he doesn’t want to miss out on the next big move up.
“Added a big stack of ETH at the $442 support retest. I’m serious about not missing the eventual big move up to $700 to $800,”
Fellow analyst, ‘Cactus’, commented on how much ETH had been staked already, targeting a move up to $600 before the end of this year.
Now $22,000,000 of ETH has been staked in $ETH 2.0 deposit contract…
Expected staked amount to increase greatly on the 1st of December…
Scarcity increasing on exchanges and bears just seem so useless this year.
$600+ is my target before end of year.
— Cactus (@TheCryptoCactus) November 9, 2020
Keep on Staking
Since the deposit contract for ETH 2.0 was launched last week, staking has not seen a massive uptake with less than 10% of the threshold target already deposited.
At the time of writing, there had been just under 49,000 ETH staked according to the ETH 2.0 Launchpad. Another 475k is required a week before the genesis of Beacon Chain can initialize. So far it seems that only the ETH whales and hardcore aficionados, including co-founder Vitalik Buterin, have staked.
Dune Analytics reported that only 232 addresses have deposited so far with the top address dropping 13,888 ETH, worth approximately $6.2 million at today’s prices.
Currently 47.7k ETH sent to the ETH2 deposit contract 🌄
9% of the 524k threshold 🧗
— Dune Analytics (@DuneAnalytics) November 8, 2020
Once Phase 0 gets underway, and has been running smoothly for a while, staking is likely to increase. It will also be facilitated by centralized exchanges offering staking services at the click of a button which negates the convoluted process at the moment which requires stakers to have their own permanently connected hardware.
This is when demand will increase and that doubling of current prices could easily occur. Buckle up for 2021, it could be the year for Ethereum as it emerges from a two year bear market.
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