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Ethereum (ETH) Retains Strong Demand as Shapella Upgrade Looms

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Updated by Ryan Boltman
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In Brief

  • ETH price has hovered between the $1750 to $1850 range in the past week.
  • Ethereum Network traction rebounded after the early March downturn.
  • Demand for Ethereum outweighs supply signaling strong resistance.
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ETH price appears to have stagnated in the past week as developers gear up for the Shappela upgrade. However, Ethereum’s on-chain fundamentals remain strong despite growing media FUD. Will the resilient whales be able to hold firm? 

Growing network usage and whale accumulation have sustained demand for Ethereum as network upgrade nears. ETH could now approach the upcoming network upgrade in a strong position.

Daily Usage Remains Steady on Ethereum

Ethereum (ETH) delivered a weaker growth performance in Q1 with a 49% return, which pales in contrast to Bitcoin’s 70%. This has been attributed to the uncertainty surrounding completing the ETH2.0 Proof of Stake transition, which began last September. 

However, Ethereum’s fundamental on-chain metrics remain solid despite the negative media spotlight. Among other factors, the rising values of daily active users have driven up demand for ETH in recent weeks. 

As reported by Santiment, the number of addresses interacting on the Ethereum network in March 2023 has increased considerably compared to February. On March 4, Ethereum’s daily traction hit a local of 377,000 addresses. By April 1, it had surged above 431,000.

Ethereum (ETH) Daily Active Addresses, April 2023
Ethereum (ETH) Daily Active Addresses, April 2023. Source: Santiment

Increased daily usage typically indicates growing adoption and demand for Ethereum-based decentralized applications. This could drive up the price of ETH and keep investors confident about long-term network value. 

Ethereum’s daily usage has remained above 400,000 active addresses in the last 30 trading days. If this level of traction is sustained, ETH could approach the upcoming network upgrade unscathed. 

Another on-chain metric that validates this bullish outlook is the recent bullish accumulation pattern observed among Ethereum’s largest whale cohort. 

The historical data shows that the buy/sell pattern of whales holding balances of 1 million to 10 million ETH appears highly correlated to price action. And according to the Santiment chart below, these whales have entered a mild-accumulation trend lately. 

Between March 19 and April 3, the 1 million to 100 million whale cohort has added 1.4 million ETH worth $2.5 billion to their holdings.  

Ethereum (ETH) Whales Accumulation, April 2023
Ethereum (ETH) Whales Accumulation, April 2023. Source: Santiment

When crypto whales accumulate coins, it significantly drives up demand and, ultimately, the underlying asset’s price. It could also influence the sharks and other retail investors to become bullish themselves. 

In summary, if Ethereum smart contract network can sustain high daily usage and whales continue to fill up their bags, ETH can garner enough steam to overpower the bears in the coming days and weeks. 

ETH Price Prediction: Setting Sights on $2,000

The aggregate order books of top exchanges show that demand for Ethereum far outweighs supply around the current prices. Ethereum could be set for an upswing in the coming weeks. 


IntoTheBlock’s Exchange market depth chart below shows that Ethereum could reach $1,893 before hitting a 25,000 ETH sell wall. But if the bulls push beyond that mark, ETH can rally toward $2,163. At this resistance, Ethereum could hit another considerable sell-wall of 40,000 ETH.

Ethereum (ETH) Aggregate Exchange Order Books. April 2023
Ethereum (ETH) Aggregate Exchange Order Books. April 2023. Source: IntoTheBlock

Conversely, the bears can negate the bullish stance if ETH falls below the current 5% support zone, around $1,715. But the 20,000 ETH buy wall at that zone will offer formidable support.

However, if the support cannot stop the slump, ETH can drop toward $1,500. Around the $1,500 mark, another cluster of bulls will be looking to buy the dip to the tune of 50,000 ETH.

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Ibrahim Ajibade
Ibrahim Ajibade Ademolawa is an experienced On-chain research analyst who began his career in Commercial Banking. He has worked with several Web3 startups and financial institutions —analyzing technical concepts and spectacular events that link the DeFi and TradFi worlds. He holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics and is currently pursuing an MSc. in Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies.
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