Ethereum [ETH] attempted to recover on the charts before Binance confirmed its withdrawal of its offer to acquire embattled cryptocurrency exchange FTX. Data from Santiment revealed a surge in ETH accumulation by its whales and sharks during the intraday trading session on November 9th.
According to the on-chain analytics platform, as the price of ETH fell, the cohort of investors holding 100 to 1 million ETH coins increased their ETH purchases, amassing a total of 657, 390 ETH in just one day.
As of 9 November, the whales and sharks that held between 100 to 1 million ETH coins collectively accumulated 0.54% of ETH’s total supply. This percentage represented the largest single-day buys since 5 September, Santiment found.
FUD runs the market
While the surge in accumulation by this cohort of investors is often enough to initiate a price rally, the state of the general cryptocurrency market has made any such hike in ETH’s price impossible.
At the time of writing, the altcoin was trading at $1,182.28. A year ago, ETH was exchanging hands at $4,635 on the charts. Since then, however, the altcoin has declined by over 75%.
According to Santiment, the market is currently overrun by FUD.
“Terms related to #crash on crypto-platforms are at their highest frequency since May,” it noted in a tweet. In spite of the rally in whale accumulation over the last 48 hours, the presence of this level of fear in the ETH market would make it almost impossible for its price to climb significantly in the short term.
On the daily chart, ETH languished under the impact of the bears as coin distributors ravaged the market. At the time of writing, ETH’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) was 35.71. Its Money Flow Index (MFI) was 30.86.
Also indicating a rally in the asset’s selling pressure was its Chaikin Money Flow (CMF). At press time, its dynamic line (green) was positioned below the center line at -0.18.
Holders remain steadfast
Since the FTX debacle began, ETH’s value has dropped by 26%. Interestingly, despite the sustained fall in the alt’s price and the unpromising outlook in the short term, on-chain analysis revealed that ETH’s supply on exchanges has dropped by 6% this week. Within the same period, its supply outside exchanges hiked by 1%.
The drop in ETH’s supply on exchanges showed that ETH’s sell-offs have been less rampant this week, even in the face of a dwindling market. The minor growth in supply outside of exchanges within the same period only suggested that buying momentum has not been high enough to drive up the crypto’s price significantly.
Also, positive sentiment trailed ETH despite a 9% decline in price in the last 24 hours. At press time, its weighted sentiment was on an uptrend at 1.837.