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Ethereum Whale Makes $50 Million Splash, Moves Holdings to Self-Custody as Price Rebounds

source-logo  cryptoglobe.com 11 July 2024 01:16, UTC

A large cryptocurrency holder, colloquially referred to as a whale, recently transferred 16,449 Ether ($ETH), valued at roughly $50.3 million, out of leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance exchange into self-custody.

The move came as the price of the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization recovered from a slump seen earlier this month to climb above the $3,000 mark, and at a time in which spot Ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are expected to soon start trading in the United States.

According to on-chain analytics firm Spot On Chain, this movement marked the first major Ether accumulation for this particular whale, with the transferred funds being sent to a new wallet, potentially suggesting a long-term holding strategy rather than an immediate sale.

7 hours ago, a whale/institution withdrew 16,449 $ETH ($50.3M) from #Binance as the #Ethereum price rebounded to above $3,000.

This is the whale’s first large $ETH accumulation. So far, it has moved all $ETH to a new wallet and held them there.

Note that the ETH ETF is likely… pic.twitter.com/BBHOvWM3yx

— Spot On Chain (@spotonchain) July 10, 2024

The introduction of an ETF is expected to attract more institutional investors to Ether, potentially leading to a price increase. The cryptocurrency is at the time of writing trading at $3,100 after losing nearly 9% of its value over the past week amid a wider cryptocurrency market downturn.

Analysts expect spot Ether ETFs to be approved as soon as this week, with various issuers having recently filed amended S-1 forms. These amended filings, however, don’t contain fee information, which may mean there will be another round of filings.

Notably, long-term Ethereum investors are now holding around 78% of the cryptocurrency’s circulating supply, which means that buyers who have been holding onto their funds for more than a year now control the majority of circulating ETH.

That’s according to data from on-chain analysis firm IntoTheBlock, which revealed that long-term holders (LTH) recently added more to their wallets as the price of the cryptocurrency dropped amid a wider market downturn.

These long-term investors are less likely to sell their coins compared to those who have held them for a shorter period. The trend of LTH dominance is seen as a bullish sign for Ethereum, suggesting growing confidence among investors, with the significant concentration they now have effectively taking a significant amount of the cryptocurrency out of circulation, limiting potential downward pressure on the price.

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