SHIB Slumped Amid Near-Term Sell Pressure Triggered by Whale Speculation

Shiba inu (SHIB), the popular meme token powered by a strong internet community, remained in deep red after its biggest daily sell-off since September.

On the daily chart, SHIB’s price had fallen by more than 15% on Thursday, according to data from Coinbase and TradingView. The token ended Wednesday down 22% – the biggest drop since Sept. 10 when it declined a whopping 87.6%.

The canine-themed token has logged losses for three consecutive days, after a SHIB whale (large holder of the token) made a move on their 40 trillion SHIB (worth roughly $2.8 billion at the time) holdings. The move triggered speculation on where the SHIB trillions would end up.

At the time of publication, the whale had relocated the SHIB to four addresses, where the tokens remain, according to Etherscan There was no other indication that the SHIB whale was moving the tokens to the open market.

While the SHIB whale’s motivation for moving the tokens is unclear, the market reacted strongly: SHIB’s price has been dropping since then, as SHIB flows to centralized exchanges spiked, according to data from Santiment.

“There…seems to be an increase in SHIB sell-offs,” Dino Ibisbegovic, market analyst at Santiment, told CoinDesk.

Roughly 1.36 trillion more SHIB flowed to centralized exchanges than from them in the past 24 hours, while the amount of deposit addresses of SHIB reached 1,641 on Wednesday, a 142% uptick since Nov. 1, according to Ibisbegovic.

According to Santiment, a spike in a token’s deposit addresses to centralized exchanges may indicate a rise in short-term selling pressure, as more tokens become available on the exchanges.

Meanwhile, the number of unique addresses interacting with SHIB token have fallen by 66.1% since peaking around 107,000 on Oct. 28, according to Santiment. On Oct. 28, there were 53,546 addresses interacting with SHIB for the first time, but the new addresses holding SHIB today have dropped by more than 64%.

“The hype has certainly died down in the past week,” Ibisbegovic said.

Santiment’s data also shows that more than one SHIB whale has moved their SHIB holdings: SHIB transactions worth at least $100,000 also started increasing on Wednesday.

On social media platforms including Twitter and Telegram channels, the SHIBArmy blamed Kraken for the latest sell-off: The San Francisco-based crypto exchange failed to list SHIB on its platform as it promised in a Monday Tweet.

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