Ethereum's native token Ether (ETH) saw a modest pullback on July 17 after ramming into a critical technical resistance confluence.
Merge-led Ethereum price breakout
ETH’s price dropped by 1.8% to $1,328 after struggling to move above two strong resistance levels: the 50-day exponential moving average (50-day EMA; the red wave) and a descending trendline (black) serving as a price ceiling since May.
Previously, Ether rallied by over 40% from $1,000 on July 13 to over $1,400 on July 16. The jump appeared partly due to euphoria surrounding the Merge, slated for September.
Meanwhile, a golden cross’s appearance on Ethereum’s four-hour chart also boosted Ether’s upside sentiment among technical analysts.
ETH price risks fakeout
Ether’s 40%-plus price rally since July 13 also had its price break above a critical horizontal resistance that somewhat constitutes an ascending triangle pattern.
Ascending triangles are typically continuation patterns. But, in some cases, ascending triangles can also appear at the end of a downtrend, thus leading to a bullish reversal.
Scott Melker, an independent market analyst, considered ETH’s bullish exit out of its prevailing ascending triangle pattern as a sign that it would rally further. He said:
“A break above $1,284 should send prices flying, as there’s almost no resistance until the $1,700s.”
Ether has already broken above $1,284 and is in a breakout zone. Nonetheless, its close above the ascending triangle’s upper trendline has not accompanied a rise in trading volumes. That suggests a weakening upside momentum, i.e., a fakeout.
Therefore, ETH’s price risks a reversal toward the triangle’s upper trendline near $1,284 as support. The ETH/USD pair could retain its bullish bias if it rebounds from $1,284 with convincing volumes and breaks above the resistance confluence, as discussed above.
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Conversely, a break below $1,284 would risk re-activating the ascending triangle set up with a bias skewed toward bears. As a result, ETH would risk crashing to $750, according to a rule of technical analysis as illustrated below.
That means a 45% decline from current price levels.
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