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Ether Making a Comeback?: BTCManager’s Week in Review February 20

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Is this the start of a bullish market for ETH? The weekly chart below shows for the first time, a Kumo breakout, that is a close outside of the Ichimoku cloud; it is a bullish one with ETH-USD closing above the upper span of the Kumo at $12.26.

The Ichimoku cloud for ETH-USD has only formed recently given the relatively short trading history of the digital asset. The Kumo breakout is a classic Ichimoku signal suggesting ether is entering into a long-term uptrend, with the market tending toward fractal resistance at $14.45.

The Ichimoku cloud should act as a support zone going forward between $12.50 and $10.95 for the week ahead. Volumes have been bullish, rising for four consecutive weeks, and the Awesome Oscillator moves further into positive territory.

However, buyers were not able to hold on to the previous week’s gains entirely. Bears fought back pushing the close down to around $12.80 from the high of $13.58998. Also, at the time of writing, the conversion line (blue) has crossed above the base line (red), but remains flat indicating neutral momentum.

In a blog post released February 17, Tech investor Nick Tomaino evaluated ether using an expected value method. By weighing out certain scenarios based on the likelihood for varying degrees of success for the Ethereum ecosystem, under certain assumptions, we can obtain the expected value of the price of ether.

While Tomaino stated, “I believe that there is an 80 percent chance that the price of ETH is zero within 10 years,” citing security and immutability issues, the probability-weighted intrinsic value of ETH-USD is estimated as $59.75.

This week’s review is compiled from contributions by Alexander Lielacher, Christoph Bergmann, Evan Sixtin, Farzana Begum, Jamie Holmes, Lori Brown, Michael Scott, Nigel Dollentas, and Nuno Menezes.

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