Ethereum Need Developers Now Than Never, ETH Surging, Up 32.1%

Ethereum (ETH) bulls vibrant; prices surge 32.1 percent
Serenity and similar hard forks demand developers

Developers are crucial for any open source blockchain project. Ethereum may be the leader, but they still have to retain them. The network’s reliance is more pronounced now as they race towards Serenity. Meeting these milestones demand developer participation. If not, the platform will fizzle out even with lucrative bounty program in place. Presently, ETH bulls are steadfast, solid above $300 and rallying 32.1 percent from last week’s close.
Ethereum Price Analysis
Fundamentals
There are many proposals with the express objective of enhancing the Ethereum network. From Homestead, Metropolis and later Serenity, the developer community is active. So active is Ethereum source code improvement that it eclipses that of Bitcoin and other high throughput platforms as Tron and EOS.
Lead developers provide leadership. Afri Schoedon was one. Abruptly quitting early this year because of a Meme, his departure opened a can of worms. Ethereum maximalists insist that he was sabotaging Ethereum’s development and promoting third-party scaling solutions of which Polkadot is one of the many.
However, there is more to this other than the superficial allegations of Afri was hamstringing Ethereum’s development. Dependence on individuals and crowning them as kings is a problem. It brings about centralization, an antithesis for blockchain foundation. Instead, there are options like bounty programs.
Ethereum has one. Through it, there is community development. EIP forwarding is a communal activity and made better by exchanges like Topkie designed for Bounty Stakes trading. It gets better. As diverse as the Ethereum ecosystem is, traders have a chance to exchange them for other high reward tokens via the exchange.
Such is critical, especially in days ahead when Ethereum prepares to smoothly transition to Serenity.
Candlestick Arrangement

Currently, ETH is on a roll, adding 32.1 percent week-to-date. Trailing BTC, which is galloping and lifting sentiment across the board, ETH is technically undervalued. As a result, there is an opportunity for traders to capitalize on this by buying the dips in smaller time frames.
Note that ETH is trading within a bullish breakout pattern against the USD. Revealing the strength of underlying momentum are wide-ranging bull candlesticks banding along the upper Bollinger Band (BB). It is a classic hint of participation.
Therefore, to reiterate previous assertions, buyers are in the lead. Thus, every low is a ramping opportunity with targets at $400.
Technical Indicators
Leading this trade plan is June 21st trade plan. Not only did it thrust prices above $290 and $300 but behind it is high participation of 265k against 133k. As prices surge, trading volumes will likely increase in response while bulls increase their ETH allocations.
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Ethereum Head and Shoulders Could Lead to Further Losses

All eyes have been on Bitcoin in recent weeks as it continues to consolidate. Ethereum prices have practically mirrored what its big brother has done and analysts have eyed a clear head and shoulders pattern which could lead to further declines.
Ethereum made it back over $260 a few hours ago but has started to fall back again during today’s Asian trading session. The 1.5 percent slide has taken ETH back around $255 which is still higher than it has been for most of the past week.
According to Coinmarketcap.com Ethereum did drop below $230 briefly on Monday when crypto markets saw red. For the past few weeks however ETH has been range bound, trading between $230 and $270, largely following the movements of Bitcoin which has been hovering just below $8k.
Ethereum Head and Shoulders Pattern Clear
As usual the analysts have been eyeing the charts looking for patterns and one has depicted the clear formation of a head and shoulders.
“Forgive my drawing skills, but this is a classic Head and Shoulders pattern. Now, patterns can fail, but this gives you an idea of what I am thinking and what will negate it.”

$ETH Daily Chart
Forgive my drawing skills, but this is a classic Head and Shoulders pattern. Now, patterns can fail, but this gives you an idea of what I am thinking and what will negate it.#ETH pic.twitter.com/O7UguanTpR
— CryptoFibonacci (@CryptoFib) June 14, 2019

The pattern is a classic bearish reversal which usually leads to further declines below the neckline, currently at around $230 which is also the bottom of the recent Ethereum trading range. ‘CryptoFibonacci’ has also noted a classic volume decline which usually accompanies this pattern. Since the beginning of the month ETH volume has declined from over $13 billion down to $8 billion where it currently remains.
A break above $275 and retest of $280 could negate the pattern but that is only likely to happen if Bitcoin can break $8,200 and hold above it.
Not all are bearish though, full time crypto trader and analyst ‘Financial Survivalism’ has depicted a bull flag and early signs of a parabola instead of the head and shoulders;

This $ETH chart is why I am wiring money to @Gemini tomorrow morning pic.twitter.com/bvll97g52F
— Financial Survivalism (@Sawcruhteez) June 14, 2019

Most are in agreement that, like Bitcoin, any short term declines will lead to further accumulation which is likely to drive a bigger run in the coming months. Ethereum back over $300 is not too far-fetched looking at recent performance.
Fundamentally, the phased Serenity upgrade is still several months away. The first phase, Beacon Chain, will manage the Casper Proof of Stake protocol for itself and all of the shard chains. This is expected to be launched later this year according to the Ethereum roadmap.
In the short term ETH could fall back to $200 if the head and shoulders pattern plays out but longer term gains are virtually guaranteed. At the time of writing Ethereum was trading at $255, down 1.5 percent on the day.
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Coinbase’s Weekly Ethereum (ETH) Volume Up 28% Could Be A Bullish Hint

Ethereum (ETH) up 28.1 percent
Trading volumes surge ahead of Istanbul hard fork and Serenity

Serenity is supportive of prices. So far, Ethereum (ETH) is up 28.1 percent. Even so, there is room for further upsides once there is a close above the psychological $300 mark.
Ethereum Price Analysis
Fundamentals
Several factors are behind investors’ confidence in Ethereum (ETH). Apart from liquidity, fundamentals are overly bullish. Because of expectations and belief of how prices will pan out in days ahead, ETH is literally on a roll. Week to date, prices surged 28.1 percent.
As a result, the asset is one of the top performers, trailing Bitcoin SV, which is back in the top ten after adding 73.2 percent in the last 24 hours. Perhaps in response, Coinbase saw a spike in Ethereum (ETH) related volumes. Combined, ETH trading volumes against supported fiat rose to over $1 billion, the highest since Dec 2017.
However, with developers working overtime to beat the tight deadline of Ethereum 2.0 and hard fork Istanbul set for Oct 19, the network is increasingly attractive for developers and projects keen on working from a secure platform with facilitating ecosystem. In turn, that will most likely further drive prices up, and that will also lead to more participation now that there is better awareness of what crypto and Ethereum (ETH) is.
Candlestick Arrangement

Up 2.2 percent in the last day, Ethereum (ETH) prices are stable, but there is room for further upsides thanks to supportive fundamentals as well as favorable candlestick arrangement. From the chart, caps are at $275.
Following the successful correction of May 16 prices and the strong comeback, odds are the retracement is a perfect opportunity for traders to buy on dips with targets as laid out in our last ETH/USD trade plan.
Notice that, buyers are in control in an effort versus result point of view and dictates from breakout rules. All the same, it all depends on how prices react in the next few days. If prices edge past $275, then ETH will likely expand to $300 and $400. On the flip side, any dip and close below the 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement level of May high low could see ETH drop to within the $170 to $190 zone in a retest.
Technical Indicators
As a result, our anchor bar is May 16. It is wide-ranging with high transactional volumes—822k against 356k. Any break above or drop below $275 or $230 ought to be with high volumes exceeding the current average of 422k or 822k confirming bulls or temporarily invalidating our bull trend.
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Elon and Amazon Give Ethereum The Nod, Why is ETH Still Bearish?

All attention has been focused on Bitcoin recently as it has led crypto markets off the bottom and back into bullish territory. Ethereum has been lack luster to say the least with very little movement in prices and certainly nothing to match other crypto assets. That could all change with an endorsement from Amazon which has recently launched a new blockchain tool through AWS.
Amazon: Ethereum Well Suited
The twitter crypto-sphere has been awash with comments lately following a couple of leading posts about Ethereum from multi-billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. This simple one word tweet was re-tweeted over 9,000 times and had almost 5,000 responses;

Ethereum
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 30, 2019

Elon may have been onto something as web commerce giant Amazon has also recently given Ethereum the thumbs up by endorsing it in a press release about a new blockchain service. The new tool available through Amazon Web Service will enable users to “create and manage scalable blockchain networks” via open blockchain networks such as Ethereum.
The Amazon Managed Blockchain (AMB) service was initially announced last year and made available for preview. The preview is now complete and the service is available for production use however it has been limited to a small region in the eastern part of the United States at the moment. According to Yahoo News, Amazon stated;
“Ethereum is well suited for highly distributed blockchain networks where transparency of data for all members is important,” before adding “customer loyalty blockchain network that allows any retailer in the network to independently verify a user’s activity across all members to redeem benefits”.
Initially the AMB service will be launched on Hyperledger Fabric from the Linux Foundation with ‘Ethereum in the works’. It lauds simplicity stating; “you can create your network in minutes. Once created, you can easily manage and maintain your blockchain network. You can manage certificates, invite new members, and scale out peer node capacity in order to process transactions more quickly.”
ETH Still Bearish
Ethereum is still stuck in a bearish channel and has not managed to make any progress over the past month. Since the initial crypto market surge at the beginning of April Ethereum has remained around $160, falling back after reaching a high of $185. The 13 percent slide over the month has confirmed this as a number of analysts have noted;

1/2 Seeing a major divergence between $BTC and $ETH over the past month. Bitcoin has formed a bull channel while #ETHUSD is trapped in a bear channel. #Bitcoin is 30% above winters resistance while ETH is threatening to fall below it's corrosponding level. pic.twitter.com/S6xsi3D5GS
— Financial Survivalism (@Sawcruhteez) May 2, 2019

Ethereum volume has halved since the beginning of April and is now around $5.5 billion. The three month chart is a little more positive though as Ethereum has climbed way above its low of around $100 back then. The dev team is unperturbed however and continues to soldier on as a new community portal gets launched and the buildup to Ethereum 2.0 Serenity gathers momentum.

Welcome to the beginning of a new https://t.co/6FlOganaog. Built by the community, for the community. https://t.co/ewAhHbrHaz
— Ethereum (@ethereum) April 30, 2019

Ethereum will not be on the floor for long it seems as greater adoption from the likes of Amazon and a raft of solid technological improvements will propel the platform towards its intended purpose.
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Ethereum [ETH]: Serenity has not been delayed by even a single day, claims Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin, the Creator of Ethereum, recently spoke about the development surrounding Ethereum 2.0, the final stage of Ethereum, on a Reddit thread dedicated to him.
Yagan, a Redditor, stated that Vitalik Buterin had proved that he was “determined to move forward as a person and as a leader” irrespective of the FUD surrounding Ethereum over the past several months. The Redditor stated,

“Cheers to Vitalik and cheers to his supporters. Cheers to ethereum and cheers to the community that can see the ‘bigger picture’. Congrats on all you have accomplished Vitalik and thank you for being an inspiration to many.”

To this, another Redditor with the username Dont_hate_scienceguy, replied stating that he would sell-out his coins, the day Buterin exits the Ethereum ecosystem. He also added that he has “never had less faith in the [Ethereum] team, than I do after this dothereum nonsense”.
Dothereum is one of the new projects gaining the attention of the Ethereum community. It is a project that is similar to Ethereum, but is built on Polkadot. Some have speculated that Afri Schoedon, a former Ethereum developer, is a part of this project.
This comment caught the attention of Buterin as he replied to the Reddit user by stating that the “the team” in question was “larger and broader” than he or she thought. He further stated that the developers at Prysmatic Labs, Lighthouse, and all the other teams have not delayed the “progress of eth2” even by a single day. He said,
“While I get frustrated with the antics of the “chattering classes” myself, it’s important to keep in mind that Prysmatic, lighthouse, the eth2 research team, etc etc are all continuing work right on schedule, and the recent governance noises, while loud and annoying, did not delay the progress of eth2 by even a single day.”
Buterin further stated that even State Channel, Plasma, ZK roll-up, and 1.x rent proposals were “steadily moving forward”. He added that the current 1.0 clients were also regularly upgraded so that they could “better handle” the load of the current chain. He went on to state,
“[…] a huge victory a few months ago in dropping uncle rates as well as constant improvements in block propagation. When you’re making a bet on the ethereum ecosystem, it’s those silent armies you are betting on.”
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Ethereum Rallies Ten Percent Today, Will ETH Continue to $200?

Ethereum generally missed out on last week’s big Bitcoin induced crypto rally as gains were way less than other digital assets such as Litecoin or Bitcoin Cash. ETH has woken up today though and is currently over 10% up as it approaches critical resistance levels.
ETH Nears Five Month High
From around $165 this time yesterday, Ethereum has woken up and surged to just below $185 over the past few hours. It is finally back at prices in mid-November before the big capitulation that resulted in markets falling to their lowest levels for 18 months.
Ethereum prices 24 hours. Counmarketcap.com
Daily volume has increased to $8.7 billion which is the highest ETH has seen for over a year. Ethereum market cap is approaching $20 billion which has enabled it to double the gap to third placed XRP which hasn’t done much at all recently.
Ethereum is reaching a critical stage though as it approaches the 200 day moving average which is traditionally a very strong level of resistance.

#ETH just hit 200 Day Moving Average, watch closely for price action
— ScienceGuy9489 (@ScienceGuy9489) April 8, 2019

The next major level of resistance if Ethereum does not pull back at the 200 MA is $200. It is a big ask but if the bulls maintain buying pressure on Ethereum it could surge all the way up to $250 in a short space of time;

[7 Apr] $ETH/USD was under the resistance zone on 5th Apr and we wanted it to retest the target#1 ($183). Today, it has done it.
Now, it'll face some resistance until $200. Once that's crossed, the target#2 of $149 would be highly probable.#ETH #Ethereum #blockchain #Crypto pic.twitter.com/0PTi3mrVNT
— Mihir Naik (@MihirNaik19) April 8, 2019

Fundamentals Still Good
Ethereum has taken a bashing in the media lately as rival platforms EOS and Tron surpass it in terms of active dApps. However, the second largest crypto asset on the globe is not in its death throes, in fact quite the opposite. Industry expert Anthony Sassano has compared Ethereum vital statistics from the last time it broke above $150 back in May 2017.

Ether first hit $150 on May 22nd 2017 – how has the Ethereum network grown since then? pic.twitter.com/woggzoXLkk
— Anthony Sassano (@sassal0x) April 5, 2019

The growth of the network is plain to see here with pretty much every metric substantially higher than it was two years ago. Prices aside, the fundamentals of this network are still very strong but it should be noted that Ethereum did not really have any real competitors back in early 2017. No EOS, Tron or Cardano in May 2017, the top four was exactly the same as today, and Ethereum Classic was seventh.
According to Trustnodes almost half a billion dollars worth of ETH is now locked up in decentralized applications. Maker DAO’s DAI holds the most with around 2.2 million ETH, with Ethereum Name Service (ENS) coming in second.
Ethereum has a long way to go and is still at the very early stages of development. Co-founder Vitalik Buterin has touted the Serenity upgrade as way to move Ethereum forward to become a next generation blockchain platform. The long awaited scaling solutions and the launch of Ethereum 2.0 will no doubt propel the platform back into contention with its rivals.
In the meantime traders are looking at a push towards $200 again but considering Ethereum’s recent performance they may have to wait a little longer.
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Ethereum [ETH] takes another step towards Serenity with new Testnet update

On March 29, 2019, Raul Jordan, an Ethereum 2.0 co-lead at Prysmatic Labs, announced that Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0 Testnet would be released soon. The announcement, made through a blog post titled ‘Ethereum 2.o Serenity Testnet update – Closer than Ever,’ represents the second stage of Prysmatic Labs’ roadmap, the Sapphire, the developer said.
The blog post read,
“Our plan is to release a public, single-client testnet for Phase 0 of the Ethereum 2.0 roadmap. We are currently targeting the v0.4 release of the official specification […]”
It further stated the main agenda of this testnet was to ensure that there was a network that was resilient to forks and validator inactivity, while also enabling new validators who want to participate in the PoS consensus to join the network, in accordance to its rules.
Phase 0 Testnet also instructs Ethereum coin holders on how to stake and deposit their coins to become validators of Ethereum 2.0. Additionally, the team will deploy “Validator Deposit Contract” on Goerli Testnet, the new Testnet of Ethereum, for the same.
The blog further stated,
“Users can deposit 3.2 Goerli testnet ETH into this contract with their Ethereum 2.0 private key credentials, run a Prysm node, and then be queued into becoming an active, proof-of-stake validator in the network. Deposits are one-way, that is, the test ETH cannot be sent back to the Ethereum 1.0 Goerli testnet chain.”
The blog post also stated that each validator would be rewarded or penalized based on their behavior on the network, adding that the protocol “favors liveness”. This entails that the “chain can continue” even if a large portion of validators is offline. However, this would lead to the funds of these offline validators being penalized, thereby resulting in capital loss.
Purpose of the Testnet | Source: Prysmatic Labs
Raul Jordan added,
“Our testnet will be a gradually evolving project that we hope the community uses as an opportunity to test how Ethereum 2.0’s beacon chain fares in practice out in the wild. We will include a monitoring portal for our cloud cluster anyone can see to inspect the health of the network […]”
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Ethereum [ETH] hardfork: Goodbye Constantinople, Hello Istanbul!

Ethereum [ETH], the cryptocurrency second only to Bitcoin and a leading smart contract platform, has always been one of the most talked about projects in the crypto-space since it was introduced by Vitalik Buterin. Over the past few years, the project has marked several milestones, both in terms of development and adoption.
The potential of the project was also recognized by several key players within the cryptocurrency space. Notably, among them was Roger Ver, Founder of Bitcoin.com, formerly nicknamed “Bitcoin Jesus.”
According to reports, Ver had stated that Ethereum could “overtake” Bitcoin by the end of 2018. In the meantime however, the bear market took control of the cryptocurrency market, which led to the world’s second largest cryptocurrency closing the year with a loss of around 90% of its value.
Nonetheless, the project always stood out for its technical advancements, especially with all the buzz surrounding the platform’s shift to Proof-of-Stake [PoS] consensus mechanism.
The upgrade was in the spotlight during the recent Ethereum Devcon, with Vitalik giving a brief introduction to Ethereum 2.0. Based on the roadmap, to get to the final phase, Ethereum would have to first complete the first three phases: Frontier, Homestead, and Metropolis. The first two phases were checked out by the Ethereum Foundation a long time ago.
Metropolis
Unlike the first two phases of Ethereum – Frontier and Homestead – Metropolis was divided into two: Byzantium hardfork and Constantinople hardfork. According to the official blog post, this phase is “when we [EF] finally release a relatively full-featured user interface for non-technical users of Ethereum”.
Byzantium hardfork was one of the smoother upgrades and introduced eight Ethereum Improvement Protocols [EIP]s. All of these protocols went live in October 2017 on block #4,370,000. The key feature of the upgrade was the delay of the difficulty bomb, reducing the block reward from 5ETH to 3ETH.
However, Constantinople, the second half of Metropolis, faced several hurdles, with the fork being pushed to a further date twice. This upgrade was also one of the most-awaited in the Ethereum community. The initial proposal for the upgrade consisted of five Ethereum Improvement Protocols, with the main spotlight again on the delay of the difficulty bomb and the thirdening – reduction of the block rewards further from 3ETH to 2ETH.
The first time the upgrade was delayed, it was due to issues faced during the Ropsten Testnet Constantinople hardfork. The second was when it was discovered that one of the proposed improvement protocols made way for a Reentrancy attack. This hardfork was pushed to February 2019, and scheduled to occur on block #7,280,000.
In order to solve the vulnerability issue, the team decided to have two hardforks, Constantinople and St. Petersburg, both of which would occur on the same block. This first upgrade would implement all five proposed protocols and the second upgrade would either disable the EIP paving way for the vulnerability or downgrade the update. This was later declared successful by the members of the Foundation, with the hardfork taking place on February 28, 2019.
Hello Istanbul!
The team is currently getting ready for the next hardfork, which will take place in about eight months from now. According to reports, this hardfork could also include the proposal made for Constantinople hardfork, and the estimated deadline to submit all the proposals for Istanbul is slated to be May 2019.
However, July 2019 would see the soft implementation of Istanbul compatibility on all Ethereum clients and August 2019 is the estimated timeline for the Testnet upgrade. Finally, the hardfork is expected to go live in the month of October, 2019.
Other upgrades in Pipeline:
Apart from Istanbul, other upgrades the team is focusing on are Ethereum 2.0 aka Serenity, the final phase and ProgPow implementation.
ProgPow, aka Programmatic Proof-of-Work is the upgrade that is much-awaited by the mining community of Ethereum. Due to rising concerns over centralization, this implementation will reportedly bring down the control of ASIC miners and support the GPU mining part of the community.
Serenity is the final phase of Ethereum. The main highlight of the upgrade is the shift from Proof-of-Work consensus algorithm to Proof-of-Stake Consensus algorithm and the introduction of Beacon and Casper on Ethereum. This phase would also make way for the eWasm upgrade.
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