Ethereum Classic moves to the upside and recorded impressive performance over the last week. ETC bulls have been making this push as Ethereum prepares for one of the most important events in its history, The Merge.
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Set to combined Ethereum’s Proof-of-Work execution layer with its Proof-of-Stake consensus layer. The Merge will finalize the launch of this network’s PoS chain.
At the time of writing, Ethereum Classic (ETC) trades at $43 and records a 10% and 66% profit in the last 24 hours and 7 days, respectively.
ETC trends to the upside on the 4-hour chart. Source: ETCUSDT Tradingview
The Merge is expected to reduce Ethereum’s energy usage by almost 100%, contribute to making ETH a deflationary asset, and provide stakers with rewards for securing the network.
In addition, this event could mark a new step in the network’s adoption curve as users will leverage layer-2 scalability solutions, reducing network transaction fees.
The Merge also means no more ETH mining sector. These operations will need to use their hardware to mine a different cryptocurrency. Ethereum Classic seems like the most logical option.
The Merge will:
Drop Ethereum's energy usage by ~99.95%Drop Ethereum's issuance from ~5.4M ETH/yr to ~0.5M ETH/yrProvide ~5-15% APR on staked ETH (as TX fees will go to stakers)
The Merge will not lower transaction fees. L2s and EIP-4844 will take care of that. pic.twitter.com/8cwslEQtgM
— pseudotheos (@pseudotheos) March 21, 2022
Miners will no longer be needed with the deployment of Ethereum 2.0. All of this chain hash power will migrate to ETC.
As the event that will make Eth 2.0 happen seems imminent, the market seems to be pricing in this potential hash power migration.
Data from Material Indicators shows an increase in buying pressure for ETC over the past week. As seen below, investors from different classes have been contributing to the rally.
Investors with bids orders of around $1,000 (green in the chart) pushing ETC’s price up. Source: Material Indicators
Everyone but whales bought in on ETC’s price potential. The chart shows retail investors (in yellow), and investors with bid orders from $1,000 to $10,000 have moved in tandem with ETC’s price action.
The former, investors with bid orders of around $1,000, seem more relevant for Ethereum Classic. The chart shows this class has been increasing its purchase as the price moves to the upside, suggesting these bids have been crucial to sustaining momentum.
Can Ethereum Classic Sustain Momentum?
In shorter timeframes, investors shown with the green line, above in the chart, seem to have slowed down on their purchase. Thus, ETC’s price could see some downside price action in the short term.
In the long term, the sustainability of the rally could depend on these investors resuming ETC purchases. The market has seen a boom in the price of “dino coins” or long data altcoins.
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Bitcoin Cash (BCH) records a 14% profit in the last 24 hours and a 30% profit in the past week. Our Editorial Director Tony Spilotro said the following on ETC, BCH, and other dino coins’ potential for a fresh leg up:
The altcoins that no one is paying any attention to anymore, are going to shine soon. Even Bitcoin Cash is up like 10% today. LTC, Dash, BCH, XLM, EOS, etc. I don’t necessarily advocate buying them, but I do expect this sector of paleo-altcoins to rally strong soon.