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Arbitrum: How profit-taking had this effect on ARB’s price, its holders

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The primary bearish catalyst was the influx of over a billion ARB tokens into circulation.

Arbitrum: How profit-taking made ARB plunge to $1.46

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  • Wallets holding more than 1,000 coins dropped in the last week.
  • The derivatives market was bearish on ARB at press time.

Arbitrum [ARB] rose 2.65% in the last 24 hours, reviving some optimism in what was a rather disappointing week for the layer-2 (L2) token.

As of this writing, ARB was exchanging hands at $1.66, down 2.19% over the week, according to CoinMarketCap.

ARB continues to battle selling pressure

The primary bearish catalyst was the influx of over a billion ARB tokens into circulation. ARB was trading at $1.9 prior to the unlock event.

However, profit-booking by traders who received fresh coins caused prices to plummet as low as $1.46.

According to a recent update by on-chain tracking platform Lookonchain, about four whale wallets were seen transferring 11.34 million ARB tokens to cryptocurrency exchange Binance.

The deposited amount was worth $18.82 million as per ARB’s prevailing market price.

A large movement of coins to exchanges triggers concerns among market participants because of the dominant belief that they would eventually be sold off.

However, these were not isolated incidents. Large transactions worth more than $100k remained high over the week, as per AMBCrypto’s analysis of Santiment’s data.

Most of these transactions were selling-dominated, as evidenced by a drop in the number of wallets holding more than 1,000 coins.

Arbitrum whales sell off

Source: Santiment

ARB’s on-chain activity cools down

Meanwhile, ARB’s key network activity indicators dropped sharply in the last 24 hours, having witnessed a healthy spike earlier in the week.

About 57,570 unique addresses were active on the 23rd of March, marking a drop of 25% from the weekly peak.

New addresses on the network plunged 25% from their weekly highs as well, showing a gradual waning of excitement surrounding the token.

Arbitrum network activity

Source: Santiment

Realistic or not, here’s ARB’s market cap in BTC’s terms

ARB to plunge further?

ARB’s downturn led derivatives traders to take bearish positions for it.

According to AMBCrypto’s analysis of Coinglass’ data, the Longs/Shorts ratio remained below 1, meaning that more traders were betting for further price declines in the days ahead.

Arbitrum longs/shorts ratio

Source: Coinglass


Aniket Verma works as a journalist at AMBCrypto. Contrary to most who are primarily interested in merely tracking price movements of cryptos, his focus is on examining the niche intersection between cryptocurrencies and traditional finance. A so-so Bitcoin maximalist, Aniket has a strong disdain for memecoins and the unfounded frenzy they seem to generate every market season. Coming from a strong engineering background, Aniket previously worked as a Content Manager for TV9 Network. Before his stint over there, he was an Associate Multimedia News Producer at Reuters.
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