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Chainlink: Assessing where this >$310M whale accumulation has led LINK

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Chainlink: Assessing where this >$310M whale accumulation has led LINK

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Chainlink [LINK] whales have accumulated about 47.31 million LINK tokens since 3 March according to data from Santiment. The on-chain analytic platform revealed that the large investors of the oracle-powered network who held $1 million to $10 million worth of the tokens have been doing so since the bear market began.

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As such, the accumulation since the aforementioned period translated to about $312.7 million.


Despite the eight-month-long accumulation, LINK had not managed to do better than its 5.03% decline in the last thirty days. According to CoinMarketCap, LINK was trading at $6.63 at press time.

However, the price might not only be the only factor to consider especially with the current market condition. More importantly, have retail investors obliged with these LINK sharks in the same step?

All hands are not equal

Considering the active addresses, Glassnode showed that not many retail investors have joined the LINK train lately. As of 20 October, LINK’s daily active addresses were 1,810. However, during the period that the whale started accumulating, there had been times when the active addresses surged. 

For context, there was an unignorable rise to 6,490 on 30 June. In addition, another 4,948 on 30 September. With the current rate, not many senders and receivers of LINK have been active lately. Hence, it could have contributed to the recent decline in network growth.

Source: Glassnode

On the other end, LINK has not had much impact on DeFi recently. Glassnode showed that the smart contracts supply percentage which had a monumental increase from 25 June to 28 June was only 56.72% at press time.

Because of this percentage, LINK supply held within smart contracts platforms had only remained stable since the first week in October.

Source: Glassnode

Help! We have not gained much

Along with the stunted supply, LINK has also failed to provide much profit for investors. According to Santiment, the thirty-day Market Value to Realized Value (MVRV) ratio of LINK was -10.39%.

Since falling below the neutral point on 9 October, the MVRV ratio showed that investors accumulated some gains around 17 October. 

Although indications from the MVRV ratio revealed that it was minimal. However, LINK investors had only run into losses lately as the realized value seemed to be worth more than the market value.

Besides the MVRV, not much of LINK had been involved in buying and selling lately. Santiment data showed that the one-day circulation had shredded more than 50%— from 4.95 million on 19 October to 2.08 million, at press time.

Source: Santiment

Per the four-hour chart, LINK investors might need to overlook the expectations of an uptick in the short term. This was due to the movement shown by the Directional Movement Index (DMI).

According to the DMI, LINK sellers (red) at 26.77 had more edge over the buyers (green) at 9.12.

Additionally, the Average Directional Index (ADX) was in support of a long stay in the reds, especially as the value was well above 25 at 32.22.

Source: TradingView


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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