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Shiba Inu (SHIB) Price Increases After NFT Merch Launch —are the Whales Behind it? 

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In Brief

  • Shiba Inu (SHIB) price skyrocketed above $0.000008, after the team launched an NFT-based merch collection this week. 
  • The number of SHIB whale transactions have soared by more than 700% since the start of the week. 
  • The declining ratio of Network Value to Transaction Volume for SHIB indicates there may be more potential gains ahead, pointing to a bright investment future.
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Shiba Inu (SHIB) price soared 15% on Wednesday after the dev team launched a much-heralded NFT-based merch collection. On-chain data reveals that crypto whales have increased their trading activity significantly. Are there more SHIB gains ahead? 

On June 21, prominent pseudonymous Shiba Inu developer, Shytoshi Kusama,” announced “Shibacals: Authenticated Collectibles” in a blog post. The merch collection is designed to “enable the functionality to link real-world assets to NFTs” within the Shiba Inu ecosystem. 

Within 24 hours, Shiba Inu price pumped 15% to briefly scale the $0.000008 resistance for the first time in two weeks. On-chain data suggest that bullish whales are buying big into the SHIB NFT-merch hype. 

Here’s why SHIB price could experience more gains in the coming weeks. 

Crypto Whales Are Buying Big Into the SHIB NFT-Merch Hype

Over the past week, Shiba Inu whale investors have increased their trading activity considerably. IntoTheBlock data below shows that only 10 SHIB Whale transactions where recorded on June 17. As seen below, that figure has since soared 740% to 74 transactions at the close of June 23. 

Shiba Inu (SHIB) Price Up, June 2023 | Large Transactions
Shiba Inu (SHIB) Price Up, June 2023 | Large Transactions | Source: IntoTheBlock

Large Transactions tracks the activity of whale investors and high-net-worth traders by summing the daily number of confirmed transactions that exceed $100,000. 

The chart above shows a 740% increase in the trading activity of crypto whales investing in SHIB. All within a week. Unsurprisingly, this has already impacted SHIB’s price positively this week. 

If the whales can keep up this level of trading activity, SHIB could build on the 15% gains to end June 2023 strongly. 

Shiba Inu Network Value is Improving 

According to on-chain data, SHIB network value has improved significantly over the past week. 

Santiment’s Network Value to Transaction Volume (NVT) ratio assesses the growth of a cryptocurrency’s market value relative to the underlying transactional activity.

Between June 17 and June 23, the NVT ratio dropped 74% from 701.71 to 183.72. 

Shiba Inu (SHIB) Price Up, June 2023 - NVT ratio
Shiba Inu (SHIB) Price Up, June 2023 – NVT ratio Source: Santiment

In simple terms, when the NVT ratio is reduced, as seen above, it indicates that the underlying economic activity is growing faster than price. This suggests that the recent price rally was not likely powered by organic growth in network activity rather than market speculation. 

In conclusion, the whales are likely to keep buying if the strategic newly-launched SHIB NFT merch is well-received in the global SHIB community. Ultimately this could lead to more price gains for SHIB holders. 

SHIB Price Prediction: Is a Rally to 0.000013 On the Cards?

According to IntoTheBlock’s Break-Even Price distribution data, Shiba Inu will likely enter a bullish upswing toward $0.000013.

But currently, the 42,750 investors that bought a total of 12.4 trillion SHIB tokens are expected to pose considerable resistance when the price approaches its break-even zone at $0.000008. 

If that resistance folds as expected, the Shiba Inu price will likely reach $0.000013. 

Shiba Inu (SHIB) Price Prediction. June 2023 | Break-Even Price Distribution
Shiba Inu (SHIB) Price Prediction. June 2023 | Break-Even Price Distribution | Source: IntoTheBlock

Still, the Shiba Inu bears can negate this bullish narrative if the SHIB price drops $0.000006. But as seen above, some of the 51,230 addresses holding 19.55 trillion SHIB tokens at that price range could offer significant support.

But if that support level does not hold, the Shiba Inu bulls could drop as low as $0.000005.

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Ibrahim Ajibade
Ibrahim Ajibade Ademolawa is an experienced On-chain research analyst who began his career in Commercial Banking. He has worked with several Web3 startups and financial institutions —analyzing technical concepts and spectacular events that link the DeFi and TradFi worlds. He holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics and is currently pursuing an MSc. in Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies.