Ethereum (ETH) has witnessed a notable 8.9% surge in its price over the past 24 hours, reigniting bullish sentiment among traders and investors. This sudden spike in Ethereum value comes after a period during which it was outperformed by Solana (SOL) and several other altcoins.
Revenge of the ETH: Traders anticipate a strong move
In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), Jordi Alexander, the Chief Investment Officer at Selini Capital, expressed optimism about Ethereum’s future prospects, stating, “The revenge of the ETH is starting.”
Alexander highlighted the recent rally across various altcoins and Michael Saylor’s purchase of $615 million worth of Bitcoin on December 26 as factors contributing to Ethereum’s potential for an upside move in the coming weeks.
He emphasized Ethereum’s compelling risk/reward profile, suggesting the formation of a liquidity black hole in January.
Pseudonymous trader Pentoshi also shared a bullish target for Ethereum, posting a chart on X with an approximate price target of $3,485 and the phrase, “Slowly, then all at once.”
Ethereum vs. Solana: A rivalry intensifies
The rivalry between the Ethereum and Solana communities has escalated in recent weeks. While Ethereum has achieved a solid 102% gain year-to-date, its performance has paled in comparison to Solana, which has recorded an astonishing 951% increase since the start of the year, according to TradingView data.
Solana’s remarkable price performance, coupled with its notable on-chain activity, led many to argue that its lower fees and faster settlement times positioned it as a superior blockchain when compared to Ethereum.
On the other hand, Ethereum proponents contended that its network architecture was better suited for larger entities engaging in on-chain activities. They pointed to layer-2 scaling solutions such as Optimism and Arbitrum as examples of Ethereum’s ability to offer cost-effective fee structures.
At the time of this publication, Ethereum is trading at approximately $2,417, reflecting an 8.9% increase in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, Solana has briefly paused its recent upward trajectory and is trading at $104, representing a 4.2% decline in the last day.