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Bitcoin whales show ‘strong buying force’ signaling bullish bias

Bitcoin whales show ‘strong buying force’ signaling bullish bias

Bitcoin (BTC) is currently experiencing renewed momentum, with notable buying activity from Bitcoin whales signaling a resurgence of bullish sentiment in the cryptocurrency market

Despite a minor 3% retreat over the past week, these major investors have shown a strong buying force, reflecting their confidence in Bitcoin’s future prospects.

Whales, defined as entities holding between 1,000 and 10,000 BTC and excluding those owned by mining companies and exchanges, play a crucial role in the dynamics of cryptocurrencies.

Following a period of relative inactivity, these significant players have once again started to increase their Bitcoin stakes significantly. 

As of May 22, there has been a 5.5% increase in their holdings, marking a notable contrast to the more cautious 4.2% growth observed in April. 

This shift underscores a change in strategy among whales, influenced by their perception of favorable current prices for purchasing and accumulating Bitcoin, as highlighted by market intelligence firm CryptoQuant.

Market reactions and analysts insights

The behavior of whales often serves as a bellwether for broader market trends. Crypto analyst Axel Adler used on-chain data to shed light on the momentum building within the Bitcoin market. 

His analysis, shared on X (formerly Twitter), pointed out that the price gradient oscillator, which measures how quickly the market cap grows compared to the realized cap, is approaching a critical level.

Realized cap considers the total value of all whale-held coins based on their purchase time rather than the current market value.

BTC 90-day market vs realized price gradient oscillator. Source: CryptoQaunt

Surpassing a value of 3.0 with this oscillator could indicate a sustainable bullish trend, steering clear of the downturns witnessed in the 2021 cycle.

CryptoQuant CEO Ki Young Ju emphasized the significant rise in the 30-day percentage change in whale address holdings and the overall BTC balance held by whales.

According to him, during a sharp market dip in early May, whales acquired an additional 47,000 BTC, demonstrating their confidence in Bitcoin’s long-term value. 

BTC exchange whale ratio. Source: CryptoQuant

The exchange whale ratio, which tracks large Bitcoin holders’ activity, increased in April and May, suggesting heightened activity from these major investors. This is unusual, as typically, whale activity decreases during sustained bullish market periods.

Analyst Willy Woo observed that over the past two months, there was significant buying of Bitcoin even though its price didn’t show a clear upward trend.

Even though this caused some panic among individual investors, the demand for Bitcoin at its current market price remained strong.

Bitcoin price analysis

The market’s response to these developments has been overwhelmingly positive, with Bitcoin prices rebounding to $69,300—an increase of about 3% over the past week. The total realized cap of the Bitcoin network has reached a record high, reflecting robust market fundamentals.

However, despite this optimism, analysts like James Check from Glassnode caution that the market has not yet entered the euphoria phase typical of bull runs, suggesting there is still room for substantial growth.

BTC 7-day price chart. Source: Finbold

The increased activity and aggressive buying patterns of Bitcoin whales are critical indicators of broader market trends.

Their continued accumulation of Bitcoin suggests a bullish outlook for the future of cryptocurrency, potentially paving the way for new market highs.

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