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Ethereum acts as a ‘hedge’ on Bitcoin price drop when ETH / BTC hits 3-year high


Ethereum’s native token, Ether (ETH), crashed along with other cryptocurrencies on December 4. Still, its move to the downside didn’t stop it from hitting a three-year high against Bitcoin (BTC), the world’s leading crypto by market capitalization.

The ETH / BTC exchange rate jumped just over 11.50% to hit 0.0835 BTC for the first time since May 2018. The pair’s price rally appeared in contrast to Ether’s 15% price drop. against the US dollar on Saturday, which appeared in the wake of a market-wide sell-off that saw Bitcoin sink as much as 21% intraday.

ETH / USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView

ETH vs BTC “hedging” narrative emerges

While Ether’s losses were substantial, they were relatively milder compared to Bitcoin in USD terms, as the ETH / BTC pair rose to a three-year high. At the same time, some analysts believed that investors began treating the second-largest cryptocurrency as a haven against Bitcoin during Saturday’s crash.

“It appears investors are taking ETH as a hedge here,” said Crypto Birb, an independent market analyst in a tweet on Saturday, pointing to a four-hour ETH / BTC price chart (as shown below) showing that the The pair was back sharply after testing its 200-period moving average (the orange wave) as support.

ETH / BTC four-hour price chart with 200-period MA support. Source: TradingView

Lukas Enzersdorfer-Konrad, Chief Product Officer at Bitpanda, noted that ETH / BTC’s November close was the best in the last 45 months, meaning the bulls still have “some power left for an additional run.”

“Ethereum is outperforming Bitcoin by a wide margin this year […] Increased its dominance of the market to 22%. The number of active addresses on the network continues to rise while the net emission of ETH continues to fall, which could be the main reason for its rapid rise. “

Technical perspective

As Cointelegraph previously covered, Ether has shown the prospects of continuing its uptrend due to a pattern of technical support, dubbed the Ascending Triangle.

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On Saturday, the ETH / BTC pair broke the Ascending Triangle range to the upside, accompanied by a slight increase in its trading volumes. In a “perfect” world, the upward movement of the pair should extend to levels of length equal to the maximum distance between the upper and lower trend lines of the triangle when measured from the breakout point.

In a “perfect” world, the upward movement of the pair should extend to levels of length equal to the maximum distance between the upper and lower trend lines of the triangle when measured from the breakout point.

ETH / BTC weekly price chart with ascending channel pattern. Source: TradingView

As shown in the chart above, the Triangle’s upside target, from the breakout point near 0.077 BTC, places the profit target near 0.1 BTC.

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