Bitcoin ecosystem has seen a marked increase in interest, especially among the more prominent large wallet addresses. Recent data from IntoTheBlock reveals that addresses holding at least 0.1% of Bitcoin’s total supply have amassed an impressive additional $1.5B in BTC over a fortnight.
Addresses holding 0.1% of the Bitcoin supply or more have added over $1.5B in BTC holdings in the last two weeks. pic.twitter.com/MrHKLXO9qx
— IntoTheBlock (@intotheblock) September 1, 2023
This uptick in accumulation notably follows the buzz surrounding the potential introduction of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the US.
Spotlight on the ETF Drama
Grayscale, a crypto asset management firm, recently emerged victorious in a legal tussle against the US SEC. A U.S. judge championed their cause, instructing the Securities and Exchange Commission to reverse its previous stand on Grayscale’s proposal to convert its GBTC into a spot Bitcoin ETF. As a market barometer, Bitcoin resonated with this win as its price surged by over $2,000, marking a two-week high slightly above $28,000.
Yet, while the crypto community was gearing up for celebrations, hoping for the ETF’s approval, the SEC threw a curveball. The regulator opted for a conservative stance, deferring the verdict on all active bitcoin ETF applications, including one from the financial titan BlackRock.
IntoTheBlock’s analytics suggest that the $30,000 mark is pivotal for Bitcoin. A staggering 6.2 million wallets have acquired approximately 2.6 million BTC within this price bracket.
Bitcoin is back in the spotlight as Greyscale emerges victorious from its SEC lawsuit. The next milestone? $30k. Our on-chain data reveals that 6.2M addresses acquired ~2.6M $BTC between the current price and $30k. These ‘bubbles’ are significant & could burst two ways:
— IntoTheBlock (@intotheblock) August 31, 2023
Depending on market sentiment, these could induce an upward push in price or initiate a cascade of sales. If a spot Bitcoin ETF gets the green light in the future, a bullish price surge toward the $30,000 mark seems plausible.
Ethereum Whales Make Waves
Nevertheless, it’s not just the Bitcoin ocean where whales make waves. Ethereum has seen a noteworthy rise in its long-term holders, overshadowing Bitcoin. On-chain metrics from IntoTheBlock spotlight Ethereum’s 73.5 million long-term aficionados, dwarfing Bitcoin’s 33.61 million, per FXStreet.
Today, according to CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin price trades at $25,644.44 with a 24-hour trading volume of $17.3B. Even with a slight dip of 2.50% in the past day, its dominant position remains unchallenged, with a market cap nearing the half-trillion-dollar mark.
While Bitcoin continues its dance with regulators and market speculators, the more significant narrative might be the shifting dynamics of whale behaviors, especially with Ethereum slowly capturing the limelight.
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