Ethereum’s native token Ether (ETH) plunged alongside different cryptocurrencies on Dec. 4. Nonetheless, its transfer draw back didn’t deter it from hitting a three-year excessive in opposition to Bitcoin (BTC), the world’s main crypto by market capitalization.

The ETH/BTC trade fee jumped a bit of over 11.50% to hit 0.0835 BTC for the primary time since Might 2018. The pair’s worth rally appeared in distinction to Ether’s 15% price drop against the U.S. dollar on Saturday, which appeared within the wake of a market-wide selloff that noticed Bitcoin plunging by as much as 21% intraday.

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ETH/USD each day worth chart. Supply: TradingView

The ETH vs. BTC “hedge” narrative emerges

Whereas Ether’s losses have been substantial, they have been comparatively milder in comparison with Bitcoin in USD phrases because the ETH/BTC pair surged to a three-year excessive. On the similar time, some analysts believed that buyers began treating the second-largest cryptocurrency as a haven against Bitcoin through the Saturday crash.

“Evidently buyers are taking ETH as a hedge right here,” mentioned Crypto Birb, an impartial market analyst in a tweet Saturday, pointing to a four-hour ETH/BTC worth chart (as proven beneath) that confirmed the pair retracing sharply after testing its 200-period transferring common (the orange wave) as assist.

ETH/BTC four-hour worth chart that includes 200-period MA assist. Supply: TradingView

Lukas Enzersdorfer-Konrad, chief product officer at Bitpanda, famous that ETH/BTC’s November shut was the most effective one within the final 45 months, that means bulls nonetheless had “some energy left for an extra run.”

“Ethereum is outperforming Bitcoin by a big margin this yr […] It elevated its market dominance to 22%. The variety of energetic addresses on the community continues to climb whereas the web issuance of ETH continues to fall which is perhaps the principle purpose for its fast rise.”

Technical outlook

As Cointelegraph covered earlier, Ether has proven the prospects of constant its upward development as a consequence of a technical assist sample, dubbed Ascending Triangle.

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On Saturday, the ETH/BTC pair broke out of the Ascending Triangle vary to the upside, accompanied by a slight improve in its buying and selling volumes. In a “good” world, the pair’s transfer upside ought to stretch till it hits ranges at size equal to the utmost distance between the Triangle’s higher and decrease trendlines when measured from the breakout level.

In a “good” world, the pair’s transfer upside ought to stretch till it hits ranges at size equal to the utmost distance between the Triangle’s higher and decrease trendlines when measured from the breakout level.

ETH/BTC weekly worth chart that includes Ascending Channel sample. Supply: TradingView

As proven within the chart above, the Triangle’s upside goal, from the breakout level close to 0.077 BTC, places the revenue goal close to 0.1 BTC.

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