Ethereum price stuck below $250, DeFi-induced accumulation?

While the Ethereum price stagnates, the value of its tokens continues to rise.

A recent finding showed that the total value of the top five valuable tokens is higher than ETH’s. This is a “weird” situation where the value of its ecosystem is higher than the protocol.

The “fat protocol thesis”

It is everything against the “Fat Protocol Thesis” forwarded by Joel Monegro in August 2016. He stated that the value of a smart contracting protocol will grow at a faster pace than the value of applications built on it.

Disapproved, the development will bring into question talks about Ethereum security and undoubtedly, the Economic Abstraction question. This stems from the parasitic nature of Ethereum-based dApps. Though useful and driving adoption, they technically don’t draw value to ETH but rather to their respective tokens.

Still, Raoul Paul, a former Goldman Sachs executive sees value in Ethereum at a time when BTC flat-lines, and Ethereum tokens like Link bloom.

Ethereum likely to outperform Bitcoin because of DeFi

In Pal’s assessment, there is a strong likelihood of ETH outperforming Bitcoin in the long-term. He zeros in on DeFi, stating that the growth of this ecosystem will pump the Ethereum price in the next bull cycle. In a newsletter, he notes:

“I am getting increasingly bullish on Ethereum. ETH is the silver to Bitcoin’s gold. It has more industry uses and less store of value uses… ETH is all about adoption rates and usage. Basically, it’s all down to something called DeFi.”

Ethereum price analysis

Ethereum Daily Chart for July 15, 2020

At the time of writing, the Ethereum price is stable. There are no meaningful gains or losses against both Bitcoin and the USD.

The Ethereum price is oscillating within a tight trade with support limits at $230. Since ETH prices are above the middle BB (the 20-day moving average) and inside the bullish candlesticks of July 6 and 9, buyers have a chance. This is from an effort versus results point of view supportive that point at bulls.

A break above $250 means the current consolidation was an accumulation. In that case, there will be a strong likelihood of the Ethereum price soaring to $280 or better in days ahead. Ideally, the sharp break above $250 ought to be at the back of high trading volumes.

If trading volumes exceed those of the anchor bar (July 6, 2020), ETH prices may retest $280. The opposite is true if ETH bears reverse gains made in the last week of trading. In that eventuality, immediate targets stand at $200 and $180.

Technical chart courtesy of Trading View

Disclaimer: This is not investment advice. Opinions expressed here are those of the author and not the view of the publication.

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