Arbitrum (ARB) Market Cap Hits ATH Despite Correction, Is a Rally Looming?

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Arbitrum (ARB) Market Cap Hits ATH Despite Correction, Is a Rally Looming?
  • ARB price dropped 24% in the last week, hitting $1.50 amid a major token unlock event.
  • Arbitrum’s market cap soars to $3.99 billion despite ARB’s price decline.
  • Whale activity spikes, moving 58 million ARB to exchanges post-unlock.

The Arbitrum (ARB) price has been in a downturn, with the price oscillating between an intra-day low and high of $1.47 and $1.74, respectively, in the last 24 hours. This bearish trend marks a 9% correction in the last day and 24% over the previous seven days, with the current trading price standing at $1.50.

This price shift comes in the wake of a major event for Ethereum’s Layer-2 scaling solution, which executed a token unlock on March 16. Despite this, the market capitalization of Arbitrum has hit a new all-time high (ATH).

ARB/USD 24-hour price chart (source: CoinStats)

Arbitrum’s Token Unlock

Arbitrum initiated a critical phase in its ecosystem development with a “Cliff Unlock” event, releasing 1.1 billion ARB tokens into circulation. This significant influx of tokens was distributed among the project’s team members, advisors, and investors, raising concerns about potential market impacts.

The distribution was 673.5 million tokens for the project’s insiders and 438.25 million for investors. However, unlocking is usually associated with concerns about a selloff, which is likely to put pressure on the price of the token.

In a contrasting development to the price correction, Arbitrum’s market capitalization experienced an 88% surge, pushing the valuation over the $3.99 billion mark. The increase in market cap, despite the drop in token value, underscores a robust demand and a strong investor belief in Arbitrum’s long-term vision and its role in the blockchain domain.

Concurrently, the 24-hour trading volume surged by 66% to $1,181,818,256, reflecting an increase in investor trust in the ARB’s potential reversal. However, on April 16, another release is scheduled, where 92.65 million ARB tokens will be unlocked, valued at approximately $157 million at current prices.

Whale Movements

Analysis from Lookonchain disclosed that a subset of whales moved about 58 million ARB tokens to exchanges. However, this represents just a fraction of the total unlocked supply, suggesting a nuanced investor response to the unlock event.

Data further revealed an uptick in ARB transactions exceeding $1 million on the day of the unlock, hinting at heightened activity among significant investors. Concurrently, there was an increase in the number of wallets holding substantial amounts of ARB tokens, implying that some whales are opting to accumulate or retain their holdings amidst the market volatility. 

ARB/USD Technical Analysis

On the ARB/USD 24-hour price chart, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) trending southward with a reading of 26.56 indicates that the asset is now oversold, indicating a buying opportunity for traders looking to capitalize on a possible comeback. This pattern suggests that the negative momentum is fading and that a price reversal is possible if buyers take advantage of the oversold conditions. 

ARB/USD 24-hour price chart (source: TradingView)

The Money Flow Index (MFI) rating of 33.43 suggests the possibility of a price reversal, indicating that selling pressure may be lessening. If the MFI continues to plunge into the oversold zone below, it could signal further downward movement before a potential reversal occurs.

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