Ethereum Classic (ETC) price rallied on Sept. 5 on back-to-back positive reports concerning its adoption among crypto miners.
Top mining pool supports Ethereum Classic
On the daily chart, ETC’s price surged 14.5% to nearly $37.25 per token. Its massive gains came days after BTC.com, a blockchain explorer and crypto mining pool, launched a specialized Ethereum Classic pool with “zero-fee” mining for three months.
ETC/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView
The announcement appeared after “the Merge,” a long-awaited network update that would switch Ethereum’s energy-intensive proof-of-work (PoW) protocol to a “cost-efficient” and scalable alternative, the proof-of-stake (PoS), on Sept. 19 or before.
But the switch to PoS will make Ethereum’s PoW miners futile. On the other hand, Ethereum Classic, the original version of Ethereum, which still uses PoW, could become a haven for the miners affected by the Merge.
The network is already attracting PoW miners en masse, confirmed by its hashrate, which touched a record high of 41.81 Terrahash per second (TH/s) on Sept. 4. For the unversed, hashrate is the total computational power used to mine and process transactions on a PoW blockchain.
Ethereum Classic hashrate. Source: CoinWarz
This migration has helped ETC rally incredibly in recent months; it is up 200% since mid June.
ETC price could rise another 60%
From a technical perspective, Ethereum Classic looks ready to undergo a circa 60% price rally in September.
Notably, ETC’s price has formed a “bull flag” in recent weeks. Bull flags appear when the price consolidates lower after a strong uptrend. Meanwhile, they resolve after the price breaks out in the direction of its previous trend and are thus considered bullish continuation patterns.
As of Sept. 5, ETC tested its bull flag’s upper trendline for a potential breakout move. Suppose the token does it. Then, its likelihood of rising further will be higher. Also, as a rule of technical analysis, the price could rise by as much as the previous uptrend’s length, as shown below.
ETC/USD daily price chart featuring ‘bull flag’ breakout setup. Source: TradingView
In other words, ETC bull flag’s profit target comes to be at around $58.50, up almost 60% from Sept. 5’s price.
Conversely, a decisive break below the bull flag’s lower trendline risks invalidating the upside setup explained above.
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