Ethereum prices skyrocketed to a new all-time high on Wednesday on the back of positive news from the European Investment Bank.
Ethereum has climbed to $2,709 during early Asian trading on Wednesday, April 28, marking a new peak price for the asset according to Coingecko.
The crypto metrics provider reports a gain of 7% over the past 24 hours, and 15.7% over the past seven days for the world’s second-largest digital asset by market capitalization. The move has pushed the ETH market cap to a record $312 billion.
While there are a range of factors propelling the Ether price, Reuters today attributed it to the news the European Investment Bank is launching a “digital bond” sale using the Ethereum network.
The EIB is issuing a two-year 100 million Euro ($US120.8 million) digital bond, with the sale to be led by Goldman Sachs, Banco Santander, and Societe Generale, according to analysts at Bloomberg.
European Investment Bank is issuing 2 year digital bonds on Ethereum through Goldman, Santander, and Societe.
— Michael Tant (@MichaelTant3) April 27, 2021
On April 23, Societe Generale announced that its subsidiary Societe Generale SFH had issued a 100 million Euro bond as a security token on the public Ethereum blockchain. It was awarded the top triple-A rating by Moody’s and Fitch.
Head of revenue at crypto broker SFOX, Danny Kim, told Reuters that the news has demonstrated a bullish institutional use case for Ethereum, adding that exchange balances are also decreasing adding to the bull case:
“The amount of Ethereum sitting on exchanges continues to drop lower and has been the lowest in the past year. With less supply on exchange available, there’s less likely a chance of a major sell-off.”
If you are not extremely long $ETH and Web3 at this point, it will probably be a rough decade for you
Tradfi banks beginning to issue digital bonds on ETH is unbelievable
— Sisyphus (@0xSisyphus) April 27, 2021
As reported by Cointelegraph, a revival in DeFi related protocols and tokens, coupled with a fall in gas prices could also be driving momentum. At the time of writing the average transaction price on the network had fallen to $10.73 according to Bitinfocharts.
Popular crypto analyst ‘Altcoin Sherpa’, meanwhile, predicted that ETH would continue to outperform BTC in the coming weeks, targeting a price of $3,000.
$ETH: Still think this 1 outperforms BTC in the coming weeks, $3000+ is inevitable. Waiting for the BTC bottom to form (wherever that is) and then take off. #Ethereum $ETHUSD pic.twitter.com/wdFUG0Nkui
— Altcoin Sherpa (@AltcoinSherpa) April 28, 2021