Shiba Inu (SHIB) price was at the lowest versus its top rival Dogecoin (DOGE) in November 2022. Three months later, the dynamics have flipped.
SHIB price rises 100% versus DOGE
On Feb. 4, 2023, the SHIB/DOGE pair reached 0.00001638 DOGE, up almost 100% three months after bottoming out at 0.00000993 DOGE, its lowest level on record.SHIB/DOGE daily price chart. Source: TradingView
The sharp recovery came as investors' focus shifted to the impending launch of Shibarium, a Shiba Inu-backed layer-2 blockchain built on the Ethereum mainnet, announced on Jan. 16.
As Cointelegraph reported, the SHIB price rebound gained momentum amid reports that Shibarium will go live on Feb. 14.
In comparison, Dogecoin's fundamentals looked pale, with Elon Musk suspending a DOGE tipping bot for violating Twitter's rules.
Nonetheless, both memecoins have had a great start to 2023. SHIB/USD is up almost 85% while DOGE/USD is up 36% year-to-date.
What's next for SHIB/DOGE?
The SHIB/DOGE recovery trend is set to continue in the coming weeks, according to several technical indicators.
Namely, the pair could climb to 0.00002181 by March 2023 based on historic cycles, up around 40% from current price levels, as shown in the chart below.SHIB/DOGE daily price chart. Source: TradingView
DOGE, SHIB price downside in February?
But while SHIB appears to be in a better position to outperform DOGE, both memecoins face headwinds against the dollar in February.
For instance, Dogecoin risks a small correction versus the dollar in coming days as it paints a potential rising wedge pattern.
Rising wedges are bearish reversal patterns showing the price rising inside two converging, ascending trendlines. They resolve after the price breaks below the lower trendline and falls by as much as the wedge's maximum height.
Applying the scenario on the daily DOGE price chart brings its downside target to $0.0850, down 10% from current price levelsDOGE/USD daily price chart featuring rising wedge setup. Source: TradingView
Meanwhile, SHIB/USD also looks overstretched on its daily chart, based on its relative strength index of 81 — higher than 70 is considered "overbought."
In addition, it's now facing a strong resistance zone at around $0.00001517 where a pullback is likely. If this is the case, February could see SHIB price drop to $0.00001300-$0.000013000 — its most voluminous area in recent months, down 13%-20% from current price levels.SHIB/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView
Conversely, a break above the $0.00001517-resistance would position SHIB for a run to $0.00001651, the upside target of its prevailing bull pennant setup.
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