Ethereum Network Rebounds, Sees Massive Growth as ETH Holds Above $3K

Ethereum cryptocurrency and background chart statistics
  • Ethereum crossed US$3,200 after a significant network expansion, marked by a record number of new wallet addresses.
  • Despite a 5% price correction, the increase in wallet holders to 121.17 million suggests rising investor confidence and market strength.
  • Post-Bitcoin halving, Ethereum’s price initially fell sharply but has since recovered, underscoring the market’s resilience and potential for growth.

Ethereum (ETH) has rebounded, crossing US$3,200 (AU$4,866) over the weekend after an impressive network expansion, marked by a record 196.71K new addresses on May 4, 2024 – the highest in over 19 months since October 2022, analysts at Santiment report.

Ethereum network growth and total wallet holders, source: Santiment

Although the price of ETH has since corrected by around 5%, the surge in new wallets indicates increased adoption and investor confidence, despite market fluctuations, with the total number of non-empty wallets now at 121.17 million.

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This growth, seen as a bullish sign, suggests strong market sentiment and a robust foundation for future expansion, the analysts said.


ETH’s Under-Performance Post BTC Halving

After the recent Bitcoin halving, Ethereum prices initially took a steep downturn, analysts at glassnode said, echoing the drop in Bitcoin’s value and marking the worst post-halving performance Ethereum has ever recorded.

This immediate decline after the halving event saw both cryptocurrencies experiencing significant price corrections. However, in the days following this sharp decline, Ethereum prices began to recover.

ETH price performance post halving, source: glassnode

This rebound not only offset the initial losses but also pushed Ethereum’s overall performance into positive territory, according to the analysts. They said the recovery suggests a resilient market sentiment and a return of investor confidence, possibly influenced by broader cryptocurrency market dynamics and speculative optimism about future growth.

Glassnode adds that Ethereum has experienced notably shallower corrections since the FTX lows, indicating increased resilience and reduced volatility in the digital asset space.

ETH bull market correction drawdowns, source: glassnode

However, its deepest drawdown in this cycle was -44%, over twice as severe as Bitcoin’s -21%, highlighting Ethereum’s relative underperformance in the last two years. This is also reflected in a weakening ETH/BTC ratio.

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Ethereum investors have not seen prices surpass the 2021 highs, showing a significant lack of new capital inflows compared to Bitcoin, partly due to Bitcoin’s advantage from spot ETFs.

While awaiting the SEC’s decision on Ethereum ETFs, there’s also notable divestment among Ethereum’s Long-Term Holders, indicating a strategic profit-taking during periods of high demand, glassnode concluded.

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. His focus is on decentralised finance and the regulatory space surrounding blockchain. He holds a Master's in Accounting. When he is not studying the latest legal case, he enjoys his time as a modest but eager hobby cook.

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