As the price of Ethereum’s native digital currency, Ether (ETH), has been showing massive strength recently, the path seems to be continuing toward new highs. Ether price ran from $220 to $445 in the previous five weeks, and this is one of the biggest surges for the altcoin in the past 18 months. 

However, as the rally didn’t provide many opportunities for laggards to hop on the train, is $500 the next target for Ether? Let’s examine the technical setup. 

Crypto market daily performance

Crypto market daily performance. Source: Coin360

Ether flips crucial level for support, fueling bullish momentum

As Ether broke through the magical barrier of $340 to $360 as crucial resistance, it was crucial for the bulls to flip this area into a new support zone. 

ETH/USDT 1-day chart

ETH/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

The chart proves this level’s significance, as the $340–$360 zone became support throughout the previous bull market. However, the breakdown in August 2018 led to a two-year accumulation range.

Similarly, a previous test at the $340–$360 range in July 2019 failed to break through this crucial resistance zone. Recently, a renewed breakout led to a breaker, as the chart confirms the support/resistance flip.

Next to that, Ether is rallying above the 100-day and 200-day moving averages, which are crucial for bullish momentum. As long as Ether sustains support above these moving averages, further bullish continuation is likely to expect.

Trend reversal was confirmed on smaller timeframes

The smaller timeframes signaled an apparent trend reversal, as the chart shows.

ETH/USDT 4-hour chart

ETH/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

First of all, the crucial higher timeframe support zone between $340 and $360 provided support once again. 

This support confirmed support through the double-bottom structure on smaller timeframes, signaling a potential bottom confirmation. 

As a trader, the next confirmation you’d like to get is a new higher high, which was confirmed once the price of Ether broke through the high at $408 (the red line). This breakthrough led to a further surge of the price, which is almost a new yearly high. 

The bullish scenario for Ether

ETH/USDT 4-hour bullish scenario chart

ETH/USDT 4-hour bullish scenario chart. Source: TradingView

The price of Ether is currently fighting the final hurdle before new highs. If that happens, a renewed rally toward $500 is very likely to occur.

However, the crucial area to hold for ETH price can be found in the lower green box. As long as Ether sustains support at the $396–$410 area, further continuation is likely.

As a breakthrough in the recent high at $445 is crucial for continuation, the new targets can be defined through the Fibonacci extension tool.

Using this tool, a new target at $500 can be drawn, and it’s very likely to be hit once ETH breaks through the recent high.

The bearish scenario for Ether

ETH/USDT 4-hour bearish scenario chart

ETH/USDT 4-hour bearish scenario chart. Source: TradingView

The same areas are also crucial in the bearish scenario. If the price of Ether rejects at the current resistance zone and fails to hold the $396–$408 area for support, a further decline is very likely to occur.

The targets for a downtrend structure can be defined using both the Fibonacci extension and price action. It’s very likely to expect a failure of the $360 support area if the price of Ether gets to that level again.

If the price of ETH drops toward the $360 area, it’s more likely to expect a further decline, and then the eyes are focused on the $310–$320 area.

However, in the current climate and the current strength, the bearish scenario is a lot less likely than the bullish scenario. 

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