While the ongoing upsurge of cryptocurrency prices should be attributed to a group of factors, the enthusiasm of largest holders is definitely one of them.
Whales with 100+ Bitcoins (BTC) push price higher: Santiment
According to statistics provided by a top-tier crypto data tracker Santiment, a number of whales (largest holders) with 100-1000 Bitcoins (BTC) in on-chain wallets surged over last weeks.
🐳 Amongst many of the foreshadowing metrics for this 2023 breakout was the rapidly growing amount of addresses holding 100 to 1,000 $BTC. Price pumps generally occur marketwide when whales accumulate #Bitcoin. The #1 asset in #crypto is +26% in two weeks. https://t.co/JMh83m3mIu pic.twitter.com/FiRTLIc3LB— Santiment (@santimentfeed) January 14, 2023
Since the collapse of the FTX/Alameda ecosystem in early November 2022 and the devastating Bitcoin (BTC) price plunge below $16,000, BTC whales were aggressively accumulating.
Namely, Santiment data indexing mechanisms registered 416 new addresses with on-chain Bitcoin (BTC) balances below 100 and 1,000 coins.
As such, this crucial metric demonstrated a more than 3% increase over last painful weeks. During this period, the Bitcoin (BTC) price added 26%.
$1.2 billion in shorts erased in one week
As covered by U.Today earlier today, Bitcoin (BTC) and all major altcoins have demonstrated breathtaking growth in the last 24 hours. The orange coin reached its 10-week high at $21,095, while Ethereum (ETH) peaked at $1,564.
As a result, over $731 million in futures positions (mostly shorts) were liquidated. Over the last seven sessions, more than $1.21 billion in equivalent were lost by crypto bears, as per Coinglass (formerly Bybt) data.
However, these dynamics might be cruel for traders as volatility increases as well. The largest single liquidation of Jan. 14 so far happened to a Bitcoin (BTC) bull who lost $1.2 million on BitMEX in a XBTUSD long position.