Ether, the native digital currency of ethereum, saw sharp gains this week while bitcoin experienced comparatively mild price fluctuations following last week’s halving.
The price of ether pushed higher during the seven days through 14th July as the broader ethereum community came closer to implementing a hard fork that would offer a solution to funds compromised during the demise of the distributed autonomous organization, The DAO.
The digital currency’s price continues to experience volatility “as the fork debate settles down”, but it seems to be receiving tailwinds stemming from the 14th July commit of the nearly completed hard fork code, algorithmic trader Jacob Eliosoff told CoinDesk.
“A further rise is likely once the hard fork wins out, which now seems inevitable barring discovery of a serious flaw in that code.”
At press time, the price of ether was just over $11 on Poloniex. Trading earlier today saw the price rise as high as $12.40, trade data shows.
Approaching a hard fork
The ethereum community has spent several weeks determining how to respond to an incident where 3.6m ETH was moved into a child DAO.
While many have referred to this event as “The DAO hack” or theft, the ether was transferred in accordance with the rules of the contract, when someone executed the code of The DAO as written.
In the aftermath, developers had attempted to agree upon a viable soft fork, but these attempts have failed. As a result, the ethereum community has been working on a hard fork which, if executed, would move funds from The DAO to a new smart contract that would allow stakeholders to exchange DAO tokens for ethers.
During the last week, ether prices reached as high as $11.71, 15.5% higher than their opening price of $10.14 on 8th July, Poloniex figures reveal.
The digital currency retreated slightly before the week was over, closing at $11.50, up 13.4% for the seven-day period.
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