Ethereum Plunges 13% Against Bitcoin, Pushing BTC Dominance to 2022 Highs – Will More Pain Ahead?

Ethereum’s native token, Ether (Ethereum) fell to its lowest level in nearly two months against Bitcoin (bitcoin) as the sell-off in crypto markets intensified on May 12.

Macro Headwinds Finally Catching Up With ETH/BTC

The ETH/BTC pair was down 7.5% over the past 24 hours at 0.0663.The downside move was part of a correction that began on May 11, when the pair trade Local high at 0.0768. This pushed the exchange rate of ether against BTC down by 13.75%.

ETH/BTC daily price chart. Source: TradingView

Cryptocurrency is here under pressure Along with the stock market in recent weeks. Notably, fund managers, traders and investors are showing signs of de-risking their portfolios amid growing fears of an increasingly hawkish Fed.

Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, was also beat Affected by the same macro headwinds, it is currently trading 65% below its all-time high of around $4,870 set in November 2021. Likewise, Bitcoin is down 63% from its all-time high of $69,000 over the same period.

ETH/BTC is showing resilience despite the market downturn in 2022, as Ether’s declines are slightly limited compared to Bitcoin. Nonetheless, the pair is now showing signs of chasing the bearish trend, suggesting more pain ahead.

Rising wedge breaks down in game

ETH/BTC’s latest drop has fallen below current levels rising wedge pattern, suggesting that the pair’s technical downside objective may be well below today’s local low.

That’s because of the rising wedge bearish reversal pattern It usually brings the price down to its maximum height when measured from the breakdown point.

Therefore, after adding the maximum height of the structure (about minus 0.009 BTC) to the breakdown point (0.073 BTC), the breakdown target of the rising wedge of ETH/BTC is close to 0.064.

ETH/BTC daily price chart with “rising wedge” breakdown setup. Source: TradingView

Instead, ETH/BTC has been testing an upward sloping trendline (labeled “LTF Support” in the chart above) as support since June 2021. As traders gather to buy dips. This prompted ether to rally 3.5% from an intraday low of 0.066 BTC.

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But ETH faces a series of resistance levels as it pursues an upward continuation in the coming days. They include a temporary price cap of 0.069 BTC – defined by the 0.236 Fibonacci retracement chart’s 0.236 Fibonacci line from the 0.087 BTC swing high to the 0.064 BTC swing low, followed by the 200-day exponential moving average (200 day EMA; blue wave) near 0.073 BTC.

Bitcoin’s Market Dominance Hits New Six-Month High

ETH/BTC’s plunge coincided with the Bitcoin Dominance Index, a measure of Bitcoin’s market share relative to altcoins, climbing to nearly 45% on May 12, the highest level since November 2021. It could also indicate that traders see Bitcoin as a safer bet in the current market turmoil, known as “digital gold.”

BTC.D daily performance chart. Source: TradingView

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