AAVE is reliant on ETH whales, but will this be enough for a significant rally this week?

AAVE prices fell below $60 in the first part of November. Its performance last week revealed a lack of sufficient bullish momentum for a significant recovery. That finding, however, may be set to change when whales rekindle their interest in AAVE.

AAVE is presently in the top ten most-purchased tokens by top ETH whales, according to a recent WhaleStats research. As a result, the demand for AAVE increased significantly in the final hours before press time. But will this demand be enough to spark a recovery bounce this week?


JUST IN: $AAVE @AaveAave now on top 10 purchased tokens among 500 biggest #ETH whales in the last 24hrs 🐳

We’ve also got $CTSI, $SHIB, $SAND, $MATIC & $BZZ on the list 👀

Whale leaderboard: https://t.co/tgYTpOm5ws#AAVE #whalestats #babywhale #BBW pic.twitter.com/xnmC0LsvGQ

— WhaleStats (tracking crypto whales) (@WhaleStats) November 20, 2022

The WhaleStats observation was consistent with the whale transaction count. In the last 24 hours, there were at least two transactions worth over $1 million, which was accompanied by an uptick in AAVE V2 deposits. This was the first time that deposits have registered such a sizable uptick in the last four days.

AAVE on-chain activity

Source: Santiment

These observations may indicate an increase in on-chain activity. Interestingly, this came after a sharp uptick in the weighted sentiment metric. Thus, market sentiment was shifting in favor of the bulls, which resulted in some bullish momentum in the last 24 hours.

Taking AAVE’s price action into consideration

The price briefly pushed above the $60 price level, but short-term price action was notably struggling to stay above that price range.

AAVE price action

Source: TradingView

The above observations suggested a lack of significant demand to accompany the reported whale activity. Though there was a surge in AAVE’s volume in the last 24 hours, there was barely any change in the number of active addresses. This confirmed that the volume was largely controlled by whale activity.

AAVE volume and daily active addresses

Source: Santiment

The lack of a substantial uptick in daily active addresses suggested low demand from the retail segment. Why was this a critical observation you may ask?

Well, it may explain why AAVE was struggling with bouncing back. The lack of retail demand to contribute to the whale accumulation may explain the weak bullish momentum.

A look at AAVE’s supply distribution may also explain the sideways price action in the last few days. The top addresses have been testing the market in the last couple of days through a series of accumulation and distribution.

AAVE supply distribution

Source: Santiment

A closer look at the top two address categories reveals a game of accumulation and distribution. The incoming sell pressure canceled out any existing demand. Consequently, the last 24 hours were characterized by relative inactivity from the top addresses.

While the current market conditions underscore the lack of adequate demand, it might also be the start of the next price wave. Thus, it remains to be seen if the current position and the above observation will yield more bullish volumes for AAVE’s anticipated breakout.

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