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Time to Sell Arbitrum (ARB)? 8.95 Million Tokens Sent to Binance

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In Brief

  • After Arbitrum's recent token unlocking event, approximately 8.95 million ARB tokens, valued at $16.4 million, were transferred to Binance.
  • This move, often interpreted as bearish in the crypto market, coincided with a broader downturn, causing ARB's price to drop to $1.62.
  • Despite the price decline, Arbitrum remains a dominant force in the Ethereum layer-2 space, boasting significant transaction volume and TVL.
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Arbitrum, a leading Ethereum Layer 2 scaling solution, experienced a substantial asset shift among investors after its recent token unlocking.

This movement has markedly influenced its price over the past day.

Crypto Whales Send 8.95 Million ARB to Binance

On March 16, amid much anticipation, the Layer 2 network finally released over 1 billion ARB tokens, valued at more than $2 billion. This event had been closely watched, with the crypto community offering diverse perspectives on its potential impact.

Immediately following the token unlock, blockchain analytics firm SpotOnChain identified six wallets receiving tokens from the network’s vesting contracts, subsequently transferring them to crypto exchanges. SpotOnChain’s data revealed that these addresses moved 8.95 million ARB tokens, valued at approximately $16.4 million, to Binance. Notably, these wallets still retain 32.95 million ARB tokens, worth around $56.7 million.

Usually, transfers to exchanges are seen as a bearish event because it suggests that the holder wants to divest their crypto holdings.

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Arbitrum ARB trasnfers
Arbitrum ARB Transactions. Source: SpotOnChain

These transfers, coupled with the broader cryptocurrency market’s downturn, contributed to ARB’s price dropping to $1.62, marking its lowest level since January. However, there has been a slight recovery, with the price rebounding to $1.70. Nonetheless, the recent price decline reflects a significant loss of approximately 20% in value over the past week.

Despite this, market observers view the current downturn as an opportunity for investors to bolster their holdings, considering Arbitrum’s potential. DeFiLlama data shows that Arbitrum is the largest Ethereum Layer 2 solution. The protocol dominates the market, evidenced by its substantial decentralized exchange volume and total value locked (TVL) of $4.087 billion.

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In addition, blockchain analytical firm IntoTheBlock revealed that it accounts for more than 55% of the total transactions of Ethereum-based Layer 2 networks.

“There are over 1.8 million daily transactions among top Ethereum L2s, with Arbitrum accounting for over 1 million of the total,” IntoTheBlock said.

The protocol’s recent integration of the Dencun Upgrade has notably reduced transaction fees, further enhancing its competitiveness.

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.