ETH Bears to Retarget Sub-$1,750 on Staking Stats and SEC Angst
- On Friday, ETH joined the broader market in the red, falling 0.27% to end the day at $1,841.
- Bearish sentiment toward the SEC filings against Binance and Coinbase, Robinhood crypto delistings, and crypto staking statistics weighed.
- The technical indicators remain bearish, signaling a return to sub-$1,750.
Ethereum (ETH) fell by 0.27% on Friday. Partially reversing a 0.71% gain from Thursday, ETH ended the day at $1,841. Despite the bearish session, ETH avoided sub-$1,800 for the third consecutive session.
Recovering from an early pullback, ETH rose to an early afternoon high of $1,855. Falling short of the First Major Resistance Level (R1) at $1,862, ETH fell to a late-session low of $1,827. However, finding support at the First Major Support Level (S1) at $1,829, ETH wrapped up the day at $1,841.
Staking Statistics and the Crypto News Test Buyer Appetite
There were no US economic indicators to distract investors from the crypto news wires on Friday. The lack of US economic indicators left Binance-related news to influence. Binance US announced the temporary suspension of US dollar deposits and an end to US dollar withdrawals in response to the SEC filing against the US entity.
The market response to the news was relatively calm, with Binance US planning to continue as a crypto-only exchange.
Staking Statistics Turn Bullish as Binance Pauses Dollar Deposits
According to CryptoQuant, staking inflows tumbled from 110,976 ETH on Thursday to 43,008 on Friday. Significantly, inflows fell to the lowest level since June 4.
The total value staked rose at a less marked pace, with the staking statistics and a bearish ETH session influencing.
The overnight withdrawal profile was bullish, with principal withdrawals below normal levels. However, withdrawal projections for the morning session were bearish, with principal ETH withdrawals projected to spike before returning to normal levels.
On Friday, the net ETH staking balance jumped by 36.17% to a surplus of 114,240 ETH, equivalent to $210.64 million. Deposits totaled 117,760 ETH versus withdrawals of 3,520 ETH.
According to TokenUnlocks, total pending withdrawals stood at 149,810 ETH, equivalent to approximately $272.63 million. Notably, the staking APR stood at 6.75%, down 1.32% over 24 hours.
The Day Ahead
It is a quiet Saturday session for ETH and the broader crypto market, with no US economic indicators or FOMC members to consider. The lack of stats and Fed chatter will leave staking statistics and the crypto news wires to provide direction.
Ethereum Price Action
This morning, ETH was down 0.67% to $1,828. A mixed start to the day saw ETH rise to an early high of $1,845 before falling to a low of $1,825.
ETH Technical Indicators
Resistance & Support Levels
|R1 – $||1,855||S1 – $||1,827|
|R2 – $||1,869||S2 – $||1,813|
|R3 – $||1,897||S3 – $||1,785|
ETH needs to move through the $1,841 pivot to target the First Major Resistance Level (R1) at $1,855. A move through the morning high of $1,845 would signal a breakout session. However, ETH staking statistics and the crypto news wires must support a bullish session.
In the event of an extended rally, the bulls would likely test the Second Major Resistance Level (R2) at $1,869. The Third Major Resistance Level (R3) sits at $1,897.
Failure to move through the pivot would leave the First Major Support Level (S1) at $1,827 in play. However, barring another risk-off-fueled sell-off, ETH should avoid sub-$1,800. The Second Major Support Level (S2) at $1,813 should limit the downside.
The Third Major Support Level (S3) sits at $1,785.
Looking at the EMAs and the 4-hourly candlestick chart (below), it was a bearish signal. Ethereum sat below the 200-day EMA, currently at $1,854. The 50-day EMA crossed through the 100-day EMA, with the 100-day EMA converging on the 200-day EMA, delivering bearish signals.
A bearish cross of the 50-day EMA through the 200-day EMA would support a fall through S1 ($1,827) to target S2 (1,813). However, a breakout from the EMAs and R1 ($1,855) would give the bulls a run at R2 ($1,869). An ETH breakout from the 50-day EMA ($1,854) would send a bullish signal.