Ethereum hits $2.6K all-time high as Bitcoin market dominance falls below 50%

Ether (ETH), the most important altcoin by market capitalization, hit new all-time highs on April 22 regardless of a bearish section sweeping by means of Bitcoin (BTC) and different cryptocurrencies.

ETH/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Ether’s value claims new document

Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView confirmed ETH/USD hitting $2,600 on April 22 for the primary time, on the again of 9.2% day by day features.

Against Bitcoin, Ether was also on fire, hitting 0.047 — its highest since August 2018.

ETH/BTC 1-week candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

The second-largest cryptocurrency more and more stood out in opposition to the remainder on the day, as Bitcoin continued to consolidate decrease and different altcoins suffered from a painful knock-on impact.

Analysts and traders, already buoyed by the earlier motion from this yr’s “alt season,” have been thus firmly bullish on the near-term prospects.

“To be brutally honest, I stare at the chart of ETH/BTC and I see an enormous rounded bottom with potentially huge breakout just above,” Real Vision CEO Raoul Pal told Twitter followers in a collection of posts.

“When you price anything up in DeFi, NFT, community tokens or even metaverse worlds, everything is basically priced in ETH, including designers time etc. ETH is rapidly becoming the currency of the digital world and BTC is the pristine collateral and base layer.”

Pal noted Ether’s superior gains versus Bitcoin in recent times, part of a trend that has seen ETH/USD outperform by a considerable margin for the reason that pit of the cross-asset value crash in March 2020.  

Fees unstable as altcoins resurface from dip

As Cointelegraph reported, altcoins’ overall strength this month was already expressing itself in Bitcoin’s dwindling market cap dominance, which dipped below 50% for the first time in almost three years.

Such events tend to spark the most intense part of “alt seasons” in which tokens see a rapid surge to a peak before cooling off.

The latest ETH gains nonetheless came with a predictable pay-off: Gas fees for sending transactions began to spike on the day, a timely reminder for those caught unaware during previous phases of the bull market.

Ether gas fees chart. Source: Ethereum Gas Price Chart

Other misgivings in regards to the market’s general energy included caution from professional traders primarily based on Ether derivatives alerts.

Other altcoins, in the meantime, have been starting to point out indicators of life on the time of writing, together with Litecoin (LTC) and Chainlink’s LINK, each up round 6.5%.