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wBTC transaction volume spikes. This is what it means for BTC…

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Whales make waves as wBTC surges, stirring BTC trend questions. Positive exchange flow meets bearish resistance. 

Bitcoin sees a surge in the transaction volume of its wrapped version

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  • wBTC saw a couple of 2,000 transfers for the first time in over a month.
  • Inflow has dominated Bitcoin flow as the price remained bearish.

The wrapped version of Bitcoin [wBTC] recently experienced a significant surge. This move raised questions about whether holders were redeeming their BTCs and if it impacted the BTC trend.

Read Bitcoin’s [BTC] Price Prediction 2023-24

wBTC transaction volume spikes

On 1 July, the transaction volume of wrapped wBTC surged to over 7,000, marking the second occurrence of such a spike in over two months. However, the most notable activity on that day was related to top token transactions per Santiment.

There were two significant movements of 2,000 wBTC each, which decreased the supply of wBTC on exchanges. Notably, this whale transaction was the first in over a month.

wBTC volume

Source: Santiment

As of this writing, the transaction volume exceeded 3,000, and the supply of wBTC on exchanges was approximately 3.4%. It’s important to understand that wrapped Bitcoin (wBTC) is a tokenized version of Bitcoin [BTC] that operates on a different blockchain network, commonly on the Ethereum blockchain. Its purpose is to provide the liquidity and functionality of BTC to decentralized applications (dApps) and smart contracts on the Ethereum platform.

Wrapping Bitcoin involves depositing a specific amount with a trusted custodian or third party. Once the BTC is deposited, an equivalent amount of wBTC is minted and issued to the user. Each wBTC token is designed to maintain a 1:1 peg with the underlying BTC, ensuring that it is backed by an equal amount of BTC held in reserve. This mechanism allows wBTC to represent and track the value of Bitcoin while being usable in the Ethereum ecosystem.

Tracking the trend of Bitcoin’s flow

As per CryptoQuant’s data, while not highly significant, BTC did experience a positive flow on exchanges in the past few days. As of this writing, the exchange flow recorded more inflow, with over 1,200 BTC entering the exchanges.

This observation indicated that more BTC was being deposited into exchanges rather than withdrawn from them during this period.

Bitcoin exchange netflow

Source: CryptoQuant

– How much are 1,10,100 wBTCs worth today

BTC stays trapped in the bear trend

Following a modest 1% price increase in the previous trading session on the daily timeframe, Bitcoin, once again, resumed its decline. At the time of writing, the price of BTC was approximately $29,500, reflecting a loss of nearly 1%.

Additionally, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) suggests that Bitcoin was still within a bearish trend, as it has been unable to break free from this downward trajectory.

BTC/USD price trend

Source: TradingView


Adewale is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. While he is increasingly fascinating by the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Adewale holds a degree in International Relations. Besides working on insightful articles that touch upon the crypto-space's hottest issues, he finds joy in supporting Manchester United and Afrobeat music.
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