Shiba Inu (SHIB) Market Cap Slashed by More Than $5B in May

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In Brief
  • Shiba Inu (SHIB) market value continues to sink due to negative crypto sentiment.

  • SHIB continues to trade below $0.000035 in 2022.

  • Shiba Inu market cap was approximately $6 billion by the end of May.

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Shiba Inu (SHIB) plummeted during the crypto market crash of May and this led to a significant decline in the market value of one of the most popular meme-inspired currencies.

Shiba Inu remains the second-largest meme-inspired digital currency by market capitalization in June 2022. Despite the steep decline in the price of SHIB, the token is among the top 20 digital assets by market value. SHIB closed the fifth month of the year with a market capitalization of around $6.44 billion, according to Be[In]Crypto Research.

This was a 45% decrease from the opening day’s market value. On May 1, SHIB saw a trading volume in the region of $848.06 million and this corresponded to a market capitalization of around $11.85 billion. 

Source: Historical Data for Shiba Inu by CoinMarketCap

Why the waning market capitalization? 

A broader sell-off of cryptocurrency by holders in 2022 which gained roots in December 2021 and worsened during the week of May 9 to 13 can be credited as the primary cause for the fall in the market capitalization of Shiba Inu. 

The decrease in liquidity was a result of central banks’ hiking rates, the rising dollar index, uncertain outcomes of the Russia/Ukraine crisis, and renewed interest in less volatile assets

In May, the number of large transactions involving SHIB reached a high of 343.71 million at a price of $0.000017 on May 10. 

Source: SHIB Number of Large of Transactions Chart by Into the Block

This corresponded with a large transaction volume of 20.36 trillion SHIB (1 SHIB was $0.000017) which was approximately $346.12 million.

Source: SHIB Transaction Volume Chart by Into the Block

On May 10, SHIB opened at $0.00001439 and reached an intraday low of $0.00001375. Trading volume was in the region of $1.92 billion and corresponded to a market capitalization of around $8.91 billion. This was a 24% fall in Shiba Inu’s opening day market value. Due to the drop in price that saw SHIB on the path to new high lows, the token could not recover for the rest of the month.

SHIB price reaction 

SHIB opened on May 1, at $0.00002018, reached a monthly high of $0.0000205 on the same day, tested a monthly low of $0.00001017 on May 27, and closed the month at a price of $0.00001173. Overall, this equates to a 41% decrease between the opening and closing price of SHIB in May. 

Source: SHIB/USD Chart by TradingView

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As a writer, researcher, and analyst of centralized and decentralized financial instruments (stocks, commodities, metals, and cryptocurrencies), he started experimenting with financial asset trading in 2011. He ventured into full-time long term investing of cryptocurrencies in 2016.

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