What specific markets set the "price" for Ethereum. I'm assuming it's some type of open market model, but can't find any information on the standard used? For instance, Coinbase displays a price when purchasing; where is this derived from?

Subsequently, what drives the (sometimes drastic) intraday price changes? Supply can't possibly change that much in a short period of time. Is it just "public sentiment" of a few of the more active traders?

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Supply and demand. Poloniex, Kraken, many regional exchanges much like Bitcoin. Many of the same players. There seem to be as many ways to explain price moves as traders involved.

  • Maybe a more relevant question then. Do you know who sets the price for Coinbase purchases? I don't believe they have an exchange model, so they must be basing their price off someone else's exchange.
    – Keith
    Dec 21, 2016 at 22:50
  • Something like this: support.gdax.com/customer/portal/articles/2429575 Dec 21, 2016 at 23:04

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