Ethereum, a rival cryptocurrency to that has rallied over 2,700 percent this year, could be due for a correction to the tune of 38 percent, according to one analyst.
On January 1,
Nicola Duke, an analyst at analysis platform Forex
Ethereum has fallen from Wednesday's high which could mean traders may start taking profits.
"The fact we have had that wobble yesterday might mean we see some profit taking into the weekend," Duke told CNBC in a phone interview on Friday.
But after falling to $140, which Duke said is a "huge level to buy against",
Duke has so far been correct on her calls on bitcoin. On Thursday, the analyst told CNBC that if bitcoin got close to $2,800 there might be some pullback. The cryptocurrency reached $2791 on Thursday and then declined. It was around $2,571 on Friday morning. Duke said that the bitcoin decline could continue to January before bottoming and then a rally.
Investors have been getting interested in alternative cryptocurrencies to bitcoin given that it has seen a huge rally this year. Ethereum is seen as a good alternative and has been backed by major financial institutions and corporations.
A group called the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) was recently founded to connect large companies to technology vendors in order to work on projects using the blockchain. Companies involved in the launch include JPMorgan, Microsoft, and Intel.
On Tuesday, the EEA announced another 86 firms joined the alliance, which is adding growing legitimacy to the cryptocurrency. A full explanation about
Daniel Masters, director at Global Advisors Bitcoin Investment Fund (GABI), said that
"Some of these currencies are doing a lot better relatively, but the point here is we are moving into this really rich diverse cryptocurrency ecosystem side by side the fiat currency," Masters told CNBC.
GABI is an investment fund that is listed on The International Stock Exchange on the Channel Islands.