Ethereum (ETH) Market Cap Soars $20B in Anticipation of Merge

Ethereum continues to recover from bearish market trends due to a renewed interest in digital assets which has led to a significant rise in the market value.

Ethereum remains the second most popular and second-largest digital asset by market capitalization in Aug. 

ETH had a market capitalization of approximately $229.92 billion on Thursday, based on data from TradingView.

This was a 10% increase from the closing market cap on Tuesday. On that day, ETH saw a trading volume of $16.37 billion, and this corresponded to a market capitalization in the region of $207.89 billion.

Source: ETH Market Capitalization Chart by TradingView

Why the rising market capitalization? 

The success of the final testnet, called Goerli, which took place on Aug 10 and simulated a process almost identical to what the main network (mainnet) will experience in Sept during the Merge, has been credited for the spike in the market value of Ethereum

With this out of the way, the crypto community is waiting for Ethereum to transition from a proof-of-work (PoW) to a proof-of-stake (PoS) network. 

Ethereum price reaction 

ETH opened on Tuesday with a trading price of $1,776.07, and reached an intraday high of $1,908.20 on Thursday. 

At the time of writing, ETH had seen an 81% rise in trading volume in the past 24 hours and was exchanging hands for $1,889.28. 

Overall, this equates to a 6% increase in ETH’s price in less than 48 hours. 

Source: ETH/USD Chart by TradingView

The much-anticipated Merge may also result in increased institutional adoption, it is claimed. Bloomberg Intelligence says in a report that the transition could accelerate Ethereum’s ascent to an institutional level investment.

However, one DeFi researcher does not expect that Ethereum fees will come down after the Merge. He argues that fees are a function of blockspace demand and that the switch to proof-of-stake will not have an impact on this.

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