Ethereum’s native token, Ether (ETH), has printed a death cross technical pattern versus Bitcoin (BTC) for the first time since May, suggesting more pain ahead for ETH/BTC in the coming weeks.

Previous ETH price death cross preceded 27.5% drop

A death cross appears when an asset’s short-term 50-day moving average moves below its long-term 200-day moving average. Such a chart pattern was seen in December 2007, ahead of the global economic crisis.

Similarly, the ETH/BTC’s previous death cross, in May, preceded an approximately 27.5% price correction, dropping in part as investors reduced exposure to altcoins and sought safety in Bitcoin amid the Terra collapse

ETH/BTC daily price chart. Source: TradingView

The latest ETH/BTC death cross could lead to a similar short-term sell-off, primarily due to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s crackdown on crypto staking services. Staking is a key feature of many blockchains, including Ethereum.

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Meanwhile, capital flows to and from Bitcoin and Ethereum-based funds also reveal BTC gaining the upper hand. Interestingly, Bitcoin-based investment funds have attracted $183 million in 2023 compared to Ethereum’s $15 million, according to CoinShares’ latest weekly report.

Next targets for ETH/BTC

The next potential targets to watch for ETH/BTC are best visible on the weekly chart.

Namely, the 0.067-0.065 BTC area, which has served as a strong support level in recent history. A successful rebound here could have ETH price rebound toward its multi-month descending trendline resistance (black) near 0.075 BTC.

ETH/BTC weekly price chart. Source: TradingView

Conversely, a decisive break below the 0.067-0.065 BTC range could have ETH enter an extended selloff toward the 200-week exponential moving average (200-week EMA; the blue wave) near 0.055 BTC, down about 20% from current price levels.

Notably, the 200-week EMA served as a bottom to the November 2021-June 2022 bear cycle. 

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