August 20, 2022

Pro traders close Ethereum longs even after today’s $1.15B options expiry

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Ether (ETH) rebounded from a $1,550 low on March 24, which marked a 17% fall from the $1,870 weekly high. Even though the $1.15 billion options expiry in the early hours of March 26 could have pressured Ether price, the continuing surge in gas fees for Ethereum transactions likely played a part.

To better assess these forces, one should analyze top traders’ exposure using data provided by the largest crypto exchanges. If the case for the options expiry holds, the long-to-short data from whales and arbitrage desks will show buying activity after the options expiry at 8:00 UTC.

Ether price at Coinbase, USD. Source: TradingView

Although the Ether price held relatively stable at $1,630 at the time of the expiry, there needs to be some evidence of top traders reverting the previous price pressure. If this is not the case, then there should be no reason to believe that the recent sell-off was related to the options expiry.

To confront the options-induced price drop theory, a report by CoinMetrics concluded that the highly anticipated EIP-1559 network upgrade is notTitle: Pro traders close Ethereum longs even after today’s $1.15B options expiry
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Published Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 18:23:12 +0000

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