Earlier today, a massive trove of SHIB tokens was relocated from Binance.US, the American subsidiary of the world’s largest crypto exchange, Binance. These tokens, amounting to roughly 2.4 trillion according to WhaleAlert, have been transferred to an unknown wallet.
🚨 2,416,836,656,676 #SHIB (18,771,570 USD) transferred from #BinanceUS to unknown wallethttps://t.co/8ujqIZ5C5i
— Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 19, 2023
This movement of SHIB tokens is particularly noteworthy as this comes amid the anticipation which is running high as Shytoshi Kusama, the lead developer of Shiba Inu, hinted at the upcoming release of Shibarium mainnet and Worldpaper in August.
Whale Alert Triggers Market Speculation
According to Whale Alert, the blockchain tracking and analytics provider, the wallet transfer from Binance.US to an unknown wallet comprised approximately 2,416,836,656,676 SHIB tokens, which, at the time of transfer, were worth around $18.77 million.
Though this transaction could be interpreted as a positive sign, suggesting that ‘whales’, or large-scale investors, are acquiring and hoarding SHIB tokens by moving their SHIB asset to an unknown, privately-held wallet, signaling their intent to hold for an extended period.
However, a deep dive into Etherscan data also shows that Binance.US has since been shuffling tokens to a fresh wallet address identified as 0x058A over the past couple of days. This wallet, interestingly, now holds a mix of 69 different tokens collectively valued at $72.62 million.
Regardless, the Shiba Inu community is abuzz with chatter about this monumental transfer. Many community members have speculated that this activity may be linked to the upcoming launch of Shibarium, further stoking the anticipation for August’s much-awaited release.
Bullish Wave Ahead For SHIB
While it’s still unclear what the whale’s aim behind this move is all about, given the fundamental metrics, Shiba Inu might actually be closer to a bullish wave.
Shiba Inu Lead Developer, Shytoshi Kusama, announced earlier this month, the Shiba Inu Ecosystem will be the title sponsor for the Blockchain Futurist Conference, Eth Toronto, and Eth Women – events to take place in Toronto in August where the team could launch Shibarium. These events could serve as a catalyst that ushers in another rally for the meme coin.
Meanwhile, over the past week, SHIB has been performing quite well. The meme coin has managed to breach several resistance levels and currently trades at $0.00000782, marking a nearly 5% uptick over the previous week.
SHIB’s market capitalization currently stands at $4.6 billion, which elevates it to the 16th spot in the ranking of cryptocurrencies by market cap.
Adding to this bullish narrative, SHIB’s trading volume has also seen a considerable boost in the past seven days, soaring from $74.4 million to $87 million in the last 24 hours. This positive momentum is partly due to the broader crypto market trend, led by Bitcoin’s recent rally.
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