Ether (ETH, +11.62%) is eyeing a 10-day winning streak in a sign of the strongest bullish momentum in more than three years.
The second-largest cryptocurrency was changing hands around $3,500 at press time, for a 2% rise since 0:00 coordinated universal time. If these gains are held through the daily close (23:59 UTC), ether would cement a 10-day winning trend, the longest since early January 2018, according to Coinbase data.
Ether daily price chartSource: TradingView
Ether (ETH), which is the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain, has nearly quintupled this year, in a rally fueled by speculation over the future of decentralized finance, known as DeFi, as well as other use cases like non-fungible tokens or NFTs. Theres also mounting evidence of robust growth in transaction volumes and other network metrics, as documented in a May 3 tweet by the blockchain analytics firm Glassnode.
The cryptocurrency this year has outshone the larger bitcoin (BTC, -4.2%) (BTC), which has doubled this year. Ethers market value has now topped $400 billion, but its still well behind the $1.04 trillion for bitcoin.
The rising popularity of ether futures listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) shows institutions are now seeking exposure to the cryptocurrency via derivatives markets.
Open interest in the CME futures, or the amount of outstanding positions, rose to a record high of $473 million on Monday, marking a 23-fold increase since the first-day tally of $20 million, per data provider Skew. Ether futures went live on the CME on Feb. 8.
On Monday, some $581 million of ether futures contracts changed hands on the CME, up 17-fold since the debut.
The CME data demonstrates the increasing influence of institutional mon ...
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