Ethereum (ETH) has recovered after plunging below the $200 level on surging bearish pressure early in the week. A rebound past the $220 mark comes amidst reports of a buy order for 20,000 ETH on Binance exchange.
Ethereum Whale Order
Ethereum had initially slumped to the $190 level after a big trading group reportedly placed a sell order for 15,000 ETH. The sell order went on to rattle traders, triggering a massive sell-off in the broader cryptocurrency sector. Just like Ethereum, Bitcoin also attracted some selling pressure, consequently plunging below the $10,000 level.
But now a buy order is reversing that, coming in at 20,000 ETH, and reinvigorating investor confidence about crypto’s long-term prospects. The 20,000 ETH buy order, however, also arouses concerns of possible prop bids often used by whale traders to inflate trades. Such bids are often used to entice retail traders to buy into a given trend. A loading wall is the opposite of prop bid, used to scare retail investors into entering sell positions on a given trade.
Ethereum’s spike comes amidst soaring pressure from high-ranking policymakers pushing for increased regulation of cryptocurrency. France indicated that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) will have to adhere to strict rules to operate its Libra crypto in the country, which affirms the emergence of stringent regulations that could affect the overall sector.
Stringent regulations by authorities around the world are one of the biggest headwinds standing in the way of cryptocurrencies going mainstream. While the likes of Facebook and JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) have launched cryptocurrencies, regulators are remaining tough on fears that multinationals are encroaching on areas that are a preserve of governments.
France has already asked the European Central Bank to set up a task force, tasked with the responsibility of looking into cryptocurrencies and digital currencies. The sentiments come hot on the heels of China and India banning crypto altogether.
On the chart, Ethereum is looking neutral. Any further surge above the $228 mark could allow for more upside towards the $250 zone. On the downside, $195 holds key support. The potential for growth is still high, as cryptocurrencies have bounced back after a roller coaster 2018. A rally past the $300 mark should reaffirm the ETH bullish trend that began early in the year.
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