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Constantinople Beat Istanbul as Ethereum Price Drops Ahead of the Upgrade 101
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A few days before the eight network upgrade, Istanbul, Ethereum (ETH) price is down by 21% in a month. In comparison, the price jumped almost 30% in a month before the previous upgrade, Constantinople, that occurred on February 28.

Back then, ETH increased even more than Bitcoin (BTC) (+12%). This time, both two largest coins by market capitalization, dropped by c. 21%.

At pixel time (14:07 UTC), ETH trades at c. USD 151, and is up by 2% in the past 24 hours and by 1.2% in a week.

ETH price chart ahead of the Constantinople upgrade

Constantinople Beat Istanbul as Ethereum Price Drops Ahead of the Upgrade 102

ETH price chart ahead of the Istanbul upgrade

Constantinople Beat Istanbul as Ethereum Price Drops Ahead of the Upgrade 103

After the Constantinople upgrade, ETH remained relatively stable for a month, before the crypto market rally started in April.

“[Istanbul] is a rather minor upgrade on the roadmap to Ethereum 2.0 and is meant to improve security, network costs, and interoperability with other blockchains. Hopefully, end users will never even need to be aware of the change and only those who are running nodes will need to upgrade,” Mati Greenspan, Founder of, said in his daily newsletter today.

According to him, as long as Ethereum retains it’s dominance and continues to develop the network for scalability, the value of the tokens should rise, especially as inflation falls.

The upgrade is planned for this weekend, and block number 9,069,000, according to the Ethereum Foundation. It comes after upgrades such as the aforementioned Constantinople, Spurious Dragon, and Byzantium, and before the first phase of the major protocol change, Serenity, planned for 2020. It is otherwise known as the much-talked-about Ethereum 2.0, a new blockchain as explained by co-founder Vitalik Buterin in his 2018 Devcon speech. Further down the line as a part of Serenity, Ethereum is planned to go from the Proof of Work (PoW) consensus algorithm, used also by Bitcoin (BTC), to Proof of Stake (PoS).

That said, even if not a direct part of Serenity, there’s obviously a lot at stake for this second hard fork as it’s a part of the path towards the network’s much anticipated second iteration. As previously reported, when it comes to issues, in an August interview Buterin said that usability, account security and privacy are improving, but that scalability is “a big bottleneck because the Ethereum blockchain is almost full.” The upcoming upgrades are meant to increase scalability and decrease transaction and smart contract costs.

Constantinople Beat Istanbul as Ethereum Price Drops Ahead of the Upgrade 104
Source: ConsenSys, Roadmap to Serenity

As the other upgrades, Istanbul will change the underlying Ethereum protocol and create new rules to improve the system. Changes that are implemented in Istanbul are defined using Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs). From more than 30 EIPs proposed, 6 were chosen to be implemented as a part of the upgrade:

  • EIP 1679: Istanbul Meta, which will make layer 2 solutions based on SNARKs and STARKs more performant, and enable Ethereum and Zcash (ZEC) to interoperate, among other things;
  • EIP-152, which will enable a relay and atomic-swap transactions between Zcash and Ethereum;
  • EIP-1108 will make zk-SNARKs cheaper, thus enabling cheaper scaling and privacy applications to be built;
  • EIP-1344 adds a way for contracts to keep track of the Ethereum chain they are on;
  • EIP-1884 changes the cost of certain EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) opcodes to prevent spamming attacks and to better balance the amount of computation in each block;
  • EIP-2028 makes zk-SNARKs and zk-STARKs cheaper by reducing the cost of calling data within transactions;
  • EIP-2200 changes the cost calculation of storage in the EVM and enables contracts to introduce new functions.

Node operators and miners need to prepare for the update. Any nodes that have not been upgraded will be left on the old chain and will not be able to operate or transact on the new one. Exchanges and wallets need do nothing.

The majority of the node operators are yet to upgrade – 59% of them. 60% of Geth and 55% of Parity node operators have not declared themselves as ready at the time of writing either. Half of the listed mining pools have confirmed to be ready for the upgrade. Bitso is the only one among exchanges listed as ready, though a majority of listed infrastructure provider have upgraded.

Furthermore, prior to the Ethereum mainnet upgrade, testnets must be upgraded. One of these is the Kovan testnet which tweeted back in October that “Istanbul hard fork [is] successfully activated on Kovan.” It’s also live on the Ropsten, Rinkeby, and Gorli testnets.

Sead Fadilpašić , 2019-12-04 16:30:00 ,

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While Bitcoin’s price seemingly moves without rhyme or reason — collapsing by dozens of percent and embarking on face-melting rallies on a whim — the cryptocurrency market is filled to the brim with fractals.

Related Reading: Analyst: Bitcoin Price Likely to Fall to Low-$8,000s as Chart Remains Weak

A brief aside: A fractal, in the context of technical analysis and financial markets anyway, is when an asset’s price action is seen during a different time. This form of analysis isn’t that popular, but it has proven to be somewhat valuable in analyzing Bitcoin.

One recent fractal popularized by a well-known cryptocurrency trader is implying that BTC is going to return to the low-$7,000s in the coming days.

Bitcoin Fractal Implies Retracement to Low-$7,000s

A well-known crypto trader going by “Tyler Durden” on Twitter recently posted the chart below, which shows that a Bitcoin price fractal may be playing out. The fractal has four phases: horizontal consolidation marked by one fakeout, a surge above the consolidation phase, a distribution, then a strong drop to fresh lows.

If the fractal plays out in full, BTC could reach the low-$7,000s again, potentially as low as $7,100. This would represent a 20-odd percent collapse from the current price point of $8,800.

It isn’t only a fractal that is hinting Bitcoin has the potential to visit its lows. As we reported on Saturday, Bloomberg believes that if the GTI Vera Convergence Divergence Indicator flips red, a downtrend could push the cryptocurrency back to $7,300.

Related Reading: Stephen Colbert Pokes Fun at Bitcoin in Monologue: Mainstream Gone Wrong?

Can Bulls Step In?

But again, many believe it is irrational to have such bearish interpretations of the cryptocurrency’s chart at the moment. As reported by NewsBTC earlier, Popular crypto trader Mayne recently noted that the “people waiting for $6,000” are irrational. He quipped that Bitcoin retracing and consolidating after its fourth-biggest bull move in history ($7,300 to $10,500, a 42% gain) is perfectly par for the course, but noted that it’s totally possible we can go lower from $8,800.

The medium-term technicals support this.

Trader and CoinTelegraph contributor FilbFilb found that by the end of November or start of December, the 50-week and 100-week moving averages will see a “golden cross,” which he claims is far more significant” for the Bitcoin market that other technical crosses.

Also, a Bitcoin price model created using Facebook Prophet machine learning found that the leading cryptocurrency is likely to end the year at just over $12,000. What’s notable about this model is that it called the price drop to $8,000 months in advance, and forecasted a ~$7,500 price bottom for BTC.

To put a cherry on the cryptocurrency cake, Crypto Thies observed that when Bitcoin bottomed at $7,300, it bounced decisively off the 0.618 Fibonacci Retracement of the move from $3,000 to $14,000, which correlates with the two-week volume-weighted moving average. He added that summer 2019’s consolidation was marked by Bitcoin flipping major resistances into support levels, implying that a bullish reversal and subsequent continuation is likely possible in the coming weeks.

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Nick Chong , 2019-11-10 12:00:38

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