• Ethereum developers approve adding Ethereum Improvement Proposal EIP-3074 to Pectra hard fork.
  • EIP-3074 is meant to reduce gas fees, improve wallet experience for users despite security concerns.
  • JPMorgan analysts maintain 50% odds of a spot Ethereum ETF approval in May.

Ethereum's (ETH) price took a slight dip on Friday following the general stagnancy in the crypto market. While ETH's price movement has been slow in the past week, its long-term future could prove interesting as Ethereum developers approved that EIP-3074 be included in the upcoming Pectra hard fork.

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Daily digest market movers: EIP-3074 and JP Morgan ETF prediction

Ethereum saw a slight activity boost on Friday following recent developments within its ecosystem. Here are your key market movers:

  • On Thursday, developers approved EIP-3074 to join the list of upgrades that the Pectra hard fork would bring to the Ethereum Mainnet. EIP-3074 introduces new functionalities that empower normal wallets with smart contract functionality. Some of the key features include batching several transactions and signing them once, sponsored transactions that allow platforms or others to pay gas fees for users, account automation, and a wallet recovery option.

    Many community members expressed their delight at the proposal, stating how it will improve users' wallet experience and boost Ethereum's retail acceptance.

    Popular crypto enthusiast Cygaar commented on X: "This EIP will forever change how users interact on EVM chains, making wallet UX simpler, cheaper, and more powerful." Bankless podcast host, Ryan Sean Adams also commented:
  • Amid the excitement surrounding the proposal, some crypto community members have raised concerns that it could introduce potential vulnerabilities. One user said in an X post, "I don't wanna be the party pooper, but let me simply add the warning that it also adds the ability to drain all your assets with just one (...) signature."

    An Anonymous DeFiLlama developer also contributed to the security concerns in another X post: "The downside of EIP 3074 is that now it'll be possible to fully drain an address (all tokens, all NFTs, all defi positions...) with only one bad signature."
    This update will likely go live on Ethereum when the Pectra hard fork occurs between late December 2024 and early January 2025.

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  • Meanwhile, analysts at JPMorgan, led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, said in a report on Thursday that odds for a spot Ethereum ETF approval by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in May remain at 50%, citing the recent investigation into the Ethereum Foundation as a major reason. They further stated that there would likely be litigation against the regulator if it doesn't approve the ether ETFs in May. The SEC would lose the litigation, and a spot Ethereum ETF would eventually be approved, said JPMorgan analysts.

Technical analysis: Ethereum's sideways movement continues

Ethereum long traders saw another day of high liquidations as its price slightly dipped to $3,448 on Friday. ETH liquidations reached $26.9 million in the past 24 hours with liquidated long positions accounting for $21 million.

As earlier predicted, the continued horizontal price movement shows traders are exercising caution following increased doubts about a spot Ethereum ETF approval by the SEC. The sideways movement will likely continue until key events like the Bitcoin halving.

Also read: Ethereum could be set for growth as Vitalik Butein shares update on its future

If the bullish expectations fueled by the halving are eventually reflected in price, ETH could break past the $3,730 resistance of April 8.

ETH/USDT 4-hour chart

ETH/USDT 4-hour chart

However, if it doesn't, the sideways movement may continue, and ETH may tag $3,405. A bearish trend would likely break out if bears prevail and ETH breaks key support levels of $3,210 and $3,056, seen recently.

Ethereum is trading at $3,446, down 1.4% at the time of writing.

Ethereum FAQs

Ethereum is a decentralized open-source blockchain with smart contracts functionality. Serving as the basal network for the Ether (ETH) cryptocurrency, it is the second largest crypto and largest altcoin by market capitalization. The Ethereum network is tailored for scalability, programmability, security, and decentralization, attributes that make it popular among developers.

Ethereum uses decentralized blockchain technology, where developers can build and deploy applications that are independent of the central authority. To make this easier, the network has a programming language in place, which helps users create self-executing smart contracts. A smart contract is basically a code that can be verified and allows inter-user transactions.

Staking is a process where investors grow their portfolios by locking their assets for a specified duration instead of selling them. It is used by most blockchains, especially the ones that employ Proof-of-Stake (PoS) mechanism, with users earning rewards as an incentive for committing their tokens. For most long-term cryptocurrency holders, staking is a strategy to make passive income from your assets, putting them to work in exchange for reward generation.

Ethereum transitioned from a Proof-of-Work (PoW) to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) mechanism in an event christened “The Merge.” The transformation came as the network wanted to achieve more security, cut down on energy consumption by 99.95%, and execute new scaling solutions with a possible threshold of 100,000 transactions per second. With PoS, there are less entry barriers for miners considering the reduced energy demands.

 


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