Ethereum Surpasses $38K for the First Time Since Mid-May as Large Transaction Volume Hits $16.15B
After the London Hardfork or EIP 1559 upgrade went live on August 5, Ethereum’s price has been experiencing an uptick, with the latest surge above the psychological level of $3,800.
Prior to touching the $38K level, ETH has broken through the $35K milestone. Data analytic firm IntoTheBlock explained:
“As ETH blows past the $3,500 barrier, the volume of large transactions (>$100k) reaches the highest number since June 22nd with $16.15b.”
Therefore, the price increase prompted transactions above $100,000 to go through the roof on the Ethereum network.
The London Hardfork upgrade introduced scarcity every time Ether was burnt after being used in transactions. This feature helped eliminate inflationary tendencies that the network was accustomed to before.
Non-exchange Ethereum whales dominate
According to on-chain metrics provider Santiment:
“The ratio of ETH's top 10 non-exchange whales is now 3.12 times as much ETH as top 10 exchange whales. A great sign.”
This shows a holding culture because more whales keep their Ethereum in cold storage and digital wallets, which is bullish.
Meanwhile, the non-fungible token (NFT) and decentralised finance (DeFi) sectors have played an instrumental role in Ethereum’s rally based on the prominent participants they bring.
For instance, the NFT market capitalisation on the ETH network is estimated to be $11 billion, as revealed by Messari Crypto researcher Ryan Watkins.
NFTs are blockchain-based digital assets whose value is pegged on their uniqueness, given that these tokens are non-divisible and have to be bought in their entirety.
Different industries have entered the NFT space. For instance, Coca-Cola launched its first-ever NFT collectables to honour International Friendship Day.
On the other hand, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), an American integrated media and entertainment company mainly known for professional wrestling, recently announced the creation of NFTs inspired by 16-time world champion John Cena.
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