Ethereum (ETH) Selling Pressure Expected to Ease as Exchange Balances Decline

UTC by Leon Okwatch · 3 min read
Ethereum (ETH) Selling Pressure Expected to Ease as Exchange Balances Decline
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Despite the price volatility, market sentiment appears cautiously optimistic as evidenced by on-chain and derivatives metrics.

Ethereum (ETH) investors may soon experience a reprieve from recent selling pressures, according to recent data indicating a decline in ETH balances held on major cryptocurrency exchanges.

This trend suggests that fewer investors are currently looking to sell their ETH holdings, potentially stabilizing prices in the near term.

Ethereum (ETH) Selling Pressure Easing

Data from blockchain analytics firm Glassnode reveals a notable decrease in the amount of ETH held on exchanges over the past two months. Exchange-held ETH has dropped from 13.34 million to 12.21 million ETH. This decline in exchange balances typically indicates that traders and investors are withdrawing their ETH to private wallets or decentralized platforms, signaling reduced intentions to sell in the immediate future.

The reduction in exchange balances coincides with broader market movements where ETH recently experienced volatility, dropping by 18% from July 1 to July 8, briefly touching lows of $2,826 before recovering to approximately $3,122 at the time of writing. The market saw liquidations of over $300 million in leveraged long positions during this period, contributing to market uncertainty.

Institutional Interest and Long-term Holding Trends

Despite the price volatility, market sentiment appears cautiously optimistic as evidenced by on-chain and derivatives metrics. ETH derivatives markets show a significant preference for call (buy) options over put (sell) options, with demand for call options doubling that of put options. This indicates a bullish sentiment among traders, suggesting confidence in ETH’s potential recovery and future price growth.

In addition, approximately 40% of ETH’s circulating supply is currently locked in staking and decentralized applications (dApps), reflecting a strong commitment from investors to hold their ETH rather than sell in the short term.  In a significant development, the decentralized computing platform Golem, a large ICO-era ETH holder with ETH, recently halted selling activities after a liquidation spree. Reports indicate that Golem staked 40,000 ETH ($124.6 million), reinforcing the trend of major holders opting to hold rather than liquidate their assets.

Analyst Leon Waidmann highlighted the significance of this trend, pointing out that institutional interest is expected to rise with the imminent launch of an ETH Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF). This institutional demand coupled with shrinking exchange supplies could potentially support ETH’s price stability and pave the way for a future rally.

Ethereum’s Ecosystem Strength and Layer-2 Solutions

Ethereum’s total value locked (TVL) remains steady at 17.7 million ETH, indicating robust activity within its dApp ecosystem and layer-2 solutions. Over the past month, Ethereum’s layer-2 solutions such as Arbitrum, Blast, and Base have shown substantial growth in transaction volumes, outpacing competitors like BNB Chain and Solana in terms of activity.

As the cryptocurrency market continues to adjust, Ethereum investors and traders are gearing up for a potential price recovery above previous support levels, with expectations that ETH will surpass its yearly all-time high (ATH).

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