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Ethereum eyes $3.5K as ETH price reclaims pandemic-era support with 40% rebound

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Ethereum’s native token Ether (ETH) appears poised to hit $3,500 within the coming classes because it reclaimed a traditionally robust assist degree on Feb. 5.

Ethereum worth again above key trendline

ETH worth rising above its 50-week exponential shifting common (50-week EMA; the crimson wave within the chart beneath) means the worth additionally inched above $3,000, a psychological assist degree which will function the bottom for Ether’s subsequent leg up.

ETH/USD weekly worth chart. Supply: TradingView

The 50-week EMA was instrumental in sustaining Ether’s bullish bias throughout 2020 and 2021. As an illustration, it served as a strong accumulation zone in the course of the market correction within the second and third quarters final yr, pushing ETH worth from round $1,700 to as excessive as $4,951 (information from Binance).

Because of this, reclaiming the 50-week EMA as assist has opened up the opportunity of further upside strikes towards the following resistance goal close to the 20-week EMA (the inexperienced wave within the chart above), which involves be round $3,500.

In the meantime, a decisive break above $3,500 may have ETH/USD check a horizontal resistance trendline that constitutes an ascending triangle sample. Such a transfer would put the Ethereum token en path to its earlier file excessive close to $5,000. 

ETH/USD weekly worth chart. Supply: TradingView

Jobs report may play spoilers

The newest shopping for within the Ethereum market appeared as strong earnings from Amazon.com Inc. boosted buyers’ confidence in riskier belongings, together with expertise shares and Bitcoin (BTC).

ETH/USD versus Nasdaq Composite weekly worth chart. Supply: TradingView

Ether rallied by greater than 11% after the earnings launch on Friday. The worth soar additionally boosted its week-to-date income larger to just about 16%, its greatest week since August 2021.

Nevertheless, the rally appeared in battle with the newest nonfarm payroll (NFP) information, additionally launched on Friday. Regardless of fears that Omicron would curtail enterprise exercise, the U.S. corporations added 467,000 jobs in Jan. 2022, beating market expectations by a large margin.

U.S. nonfarm payroll information. Supply: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bloomberg

The NFP report underscored how tough it’s for the Federal Reserve to forecast interim modifications within the financial system. Nonetheless, it additionally ensured that the U.S. central financial institution would go forward with its plans to boost short-term benchmark charges at its March 15-16 assembly.

In a press convention final month, Fed chair Jerome Powell said they might proceed elevating rates of interest after the March hike, quicker than they did in the course of the previous decade if the labor market appears stronger and inflation stays above their 2% goal.

Associated: US Federal Reserve is making some analysts bullish on Bitcoin again

The information prompted a selloff throughout riskier belongings, with information displaying that cryptocurrency funding merchandise processed outflows worth $61 million each week in January 2022.

“It’s necessary to notice that there’s nonetheless vital investor demand for digital asset funding merchandise, however establishments seemingly reacted to the Fed by offloading their positions,” noted Michael Sonnenshein, chief government of Grayscale Investments.

Crypto funding automobiles efficiency in Jan. 2022. Supply: CryptoCompare, FT

The pullback state of affairs

The bearish state of affairs with the worth beneath the 50-week EMA may have ETH check its ascending channel’s decrease trendline close to $2,500 as assist. In the meantime, a decisive shut beneath the trendline would deliver Ether’s Fibonacci retracement ranges nearer, as proven within the chart beneath.

ETH/USD weekly worth chart that includes Fib retracement ranges. Supply: TradingView

If the bearish state of affairs unfolds, the opportunity of the ETH/USD pair dropping beneath $2,000 can’t be dominated out.

The views and opinions expressed listed below are solely these of the writer and don’t essentially replicate the views of Cointelegraph.com. Each funding and buying and selling transfer entails danger, you must conduct your individual analysis when making a choice.