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Ethereum exodus: $3 billion ETH leaves crypto exchanges after SEC greenlights spot ETFs

Ethereum exodus: $3 billion ETH leaves crypto exchanges after SEC greenlights spot ETFs

In just over a week since the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved spot Ethereum (ETH) exchange-traded funds (ETFs), cryptocurrency exchanges have seen substantial ETH outflow, demonstrating the impact of regulatory decisions on market dynamics.

As it happens, since the securities watchdog’s approval of Ethereum spot ETFs on May 23, 2024, approximately 777,000 ETH – valued at around $3 billion – has left crypto exchanges, according to the chart data and observations shared by renowned crypto trading expert Ali Martinez in an X post on June 2.

Ethereum balance on exchanges. Source: Ali Martinez
Ethereum balance on exchanges. Source: Ali Martinez

Indeed, the Glassnode chart shared by the analyst showcases the massive changes in the total balance of Ethereum on all crypto exchanges, which has witnessed a significant drop in the days following the approval to the areas of around 12.5 million ETH, coinciding with a price increase.

Ethereum price analysis

At press time, the second-largest asset in the crypto sector by market capitalization was trading at the price of $3,821.12, suggesting an increase of 0.75% in the last 24 hours, declining 2.43% across the previous seven days, while advancing 22.94% on its monthly chart.

Ethereum price 30-day chart. Source: Finbold
Ethereum price 30-day chart. Source: Finbold

More recently, this crypto asset has demonstrated significant strength against the market representative and flagship decentralized finance (DeFi) asset, Bitcoin (BTC), reclaiming a key trendline that has been immensely important for more than seven years, as Finbold reported on June 1.

Ethereum ETF effect

As a reminder, the price of Ethereum started to increase on May 20, not long after Bloomberg’s senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas said that he and his colleague James Seyffart believed that the chances for the approval of a spot Ethereum ETF were 75%, as opposed to the earlier 25%.

In the same period, Martinez also noted that Ethereum whales had bought 110,000 ETH, worth about $341 million at the time, during the 24 hours leading up to his X post on May 20, indicating a major increase in interest from the market’s largest holders in the expectation of the spot ETF approval.

All things considered, the massive withdrawal of Ethereum from exchanges suggests a growing preference among crypto traders and investors to secure their holdings in anticipation of further price growth and reduced selling pressure on exchanges, which is typically a bullish sign.

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