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  • Ethereum fees jumped above $7 as ETH price went down.
  • The coin may retreat to $400 before the recovery is resumed.

At the time of writing, Ethereum (ETH) is trading at $520. The second-largest digital asset, with the current market capitalization of $59 billion and an average daily trading volume of $30 billion, has lost over 12% on Thursday. However, it is still in a green zone on a week-to-week basis.   

The coin hit a new multi-year high at $623 on November 24 before profit-taking, and a major downside correction across the cryptocurrency market pushed it back below $600.

Trading fees go ballistic

While the price was in free fall, trading fees on the Ethereum blockchain skyrocketed to $7.7. The increased network activity may cause a sudden spike in fees as many traders rush to the close positions amid the sell-off. 

Ethereum's average transaction fees 

Ethereum’s average transaction fees 

As FXStreet previously reported, high ETH transaction fees undermine many projects that run on the Ethereum blockchain. The recent DeFi boom has caused a massive spike in commissions traders had to pay for swapping their coins, making small payments economically unviable. 

The correction might be short-lived

Meanwhile, some experts believe that the downside correction will be short-lived as the bigger picture remains unaffected by the sell-off. A popular trader Michaël van de Poppe noted that ETH would resume the growth soon. 

From a technical point of view, ETH/USD may continue the retreat towards the local support of $480. This barrier served as strong resistance in September and mid-November. Now, it is reinforced by the 12-hour SMA50. If this area is broken, the correction may gain traction with the next focus on $400 (12-hour SMA200).

ETH/USD 12-hour chart

ETH/USD 12-hour chart

The In/Out of the Money Around Price (IOMAP) model also shows a significant wall around that level. About 680,000 addresses bought nearly 1.3 million ETH between $470 and $490, meaning that the selling pressure may slow down here. 

ETH's In/Out of the Money Around Price" (IOMAP)

ETH’s In/Out of the Money Around Price” (IOMAP)

On the other hand, the recovery attempts may be discouraged by a considerable supply wall ahead of $550 as over 430,000 addresses purchased nearly 7 million coins there. A sustainable move above this area is needed for the upside to gain traction and take the price back above $600.

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