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Ethereum [ETH] surges dramatically since Shapella, but how long will the party last

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Since the Shapella Upgrade, ETH’s derivatives market became a beehive of activity. As per Kaiko, the trading on options market surged with call volumes comprehensively exceeding puts.

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  • ETH has gained more than 9% since the Shapella Upgrade went live.
  • The share of staked ETH in profit was more than 50% at the time of writing, bound to increase further.

The successful launch of the Shapella Upgrade was an important milestone in the growth trajectory of Ethereum [ETH]. By allowing stakers to withdraw their staked ETH, the development closed the loop on the key aspects of the proof-of-stake (PoS) transition that couldn’t make it to the Merge last year.


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However, unlike the Merge, which was followed by a significant price drop, Shapella put fears of sell-off at bay as ETH has gained over 9% since the event at the time of writing, per blockchain analytics firm Kaiko.

 

Bullish sentiment strengthens

Since the Shapella Upgrade, ETH’s derivatives market became a beehive of activity. As per Kaiko, the trading on options market surged with call volumes comprehensively exceeding puts. Investors purchase calls when they anticipate an increase in the price of ETH.

Similarly, the demand on futures exchanges also increased as the Open Interest (OI) reached a multi-year high of over $6bn, just a day after the upgrade.

Source: Kaiko

Moreover, the funding rate, or the value required to hold bullish long or bearish short positions, was positive for ETH across most exchanges, as per data from Coinalyze. This added more strength to ETH’s bullish narrative.

Source: Coinalyze

Will sell pressure increase?

Kaiko, in its analysis, noted that the ETH-USD pair on Coinbase has seen more sell orders than buys, indicating that users cashed out their redeemed ETH.

Moreover, the share of staked ETH in profit was more than 50% at the time of writing, data from Dune revealed. With a continuing rise in ETH’s price, a bigger share of deposited ETH will become profitable, which could then lay the ground for mass selling.

As of this writing, the staking ratio of ETH was 14.5% as per Nansen, down from 15% at the time of the upgrade. In the last 24 hours, ETH saw net staking inflow of more than 57k with over 37k ETH getting withdrawn.

 

Source: Dune


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Another dynamic which required attention was Ethereum’s correlation with Bitcoin [BTC], which plunged to a three-month low after the Upgrade.

For most of the past year, the correlation between the two was near 90%. This suggested that ETH was being seen as a fundamentally different asset, and could be shielded from the fluctuations of the king coin in the future.

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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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