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Ethereum Merge Fails To Move ETH Price, $2,000 Remains Elusive

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The price of Ethereum continues to struggle below $1,600 despite the Merge being successful. As pointed out previously, the Ethereum Merge had looked to be a “buy the rumor, sell the news” event, which seems to be playing out, but the lack of highly fluctuating prices suggests that even the expected sell-offs seemed not to have happened. Instead, it looks to be that momentum is currently muted, making it impossible for the price to swing either way.

Merge Is Priced In

During the rallies that led up to the Ethereum Merge, there were debates on whether the upgrade had been finally priced into the value of the digital asset. At one point, ETH had rode the wave up to $2,000 but quickly lost its footing. Given this, it was a matter of what would be best for the digital asset.

Now, after the Merge has been completed, it seems more settled that the price had already been priced in. For market analyst Julius Baer, he says that the best-case scenario would have been for the Merge to end up being a non-event. If this is true, then the current resistance to any sort of significant movement on the part of the digital asset is a good thing. 

Merge fails to move ETH price | Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com

However, it is concerning that such a highly anticipated event seemed to have no bearing whatsoever on the price movement of the digital asset. But the market decline that followed the release of the CPI data earlier in the week has likely led to fatigue in the market. 

Can Ethereum Rebound From Here?

Before the Merge, the price target from Ethereum had been $2,000, given the upward momentum that was recorded during that time. However, the dip in price has put the digital asset in an especially difficult position.

With the price dropping to the $1,590 territory, the cryptocurrency is unable to properly clear important technical levels like the 50-day moving average. Additionally, the 100-day moving average looks worse. This spells the likelihood of more bearish movement over the next week.

The sell-offs have also not eased over the last couple of weeks. Ethereum had recorded massive exchange inflows leading up to the Merge, bringing the 7-day inflow volume to $11.52 billion. This large inflow volume, coupled with the decline below the 50-day moving average, has caused the 50-day MACD to skew heavily towards the selling pressure.

The next major support level for the digital asset now lies at $1,500. However, a failure to properly hold this level will likely see Ethereum test the $1,300 territory once more. 

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CertiK Uncovers Suspicious $2.4M Payments Into Tornado Cash

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  • The money movement is linked to the October 2021 BXH Exchange breach.
  • GitHub reinstated the Tornado Cash code in “read-only” mode.

On Saturday, crypto security company CertiK said that it had uncovered a suspicious $2.4 million payment into the cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash. Information suggests the money movement is connected to the October 2021 BXH Exchange breach. It resulted in a loss of $139 million. Although the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) has placed sanctions on the crypto mixer. However, the exchange is still being used to move money.

The theft of over 4,000 ETH worth $139 million from the BXH Exchange at the end of October is likely connected to the transfer of funds.

Hackers Defying Sanctions

The address 0x158F5 is held by a third party and used the Binance Smart Chain and Avalanche staking contract’s privileged method to retrieve staked tokens and withdraw cash. The tokens were then transferred to Ethereum using the address.

CertiK reports that the staking contract holding the funds and locations was previously released by a Telegram group formed by persons affected by the BXH Exchange. Tokens with a bridging ERC-20 standard were converted to ETH at the address in question. To date, almost $2.4 million in value has been transferred into Tornado Cash, represented by 1865 ETH tokens.

Even after the Office of Foreign Asset Control at the U.S. Treasury banned suspicious transactions on Tornado Cash in August, the service is still accepting them. The crypto mixer platform has just received a transfer of 500 thousand DAI from EOA 0x0B789. The money transfer was associated with an exploit in DAO Maker.

After receiving confirmation from the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the United States Treasury, GitHub reinstated the Tornado Cash code in “read-only” mode.

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Whale Alert: 270 Million XRP ($130M) Bought by Whales

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  • The largest ever buy was on the Bitso crypto market for 54.1 million XRP.
  • XRP prices have increased by around 50% during the last week.

The native XRP token of Ripple has seen the most growth over the previous seven days. While Bitcoin and Ethereum have both had big price declines recently, XRP has seen a sharp increase. The current price increase of XRP may be attributed to a number of factors. Whales hoarding Ripple tokens is one instance.

Tokens worth around $130.2 million in XRP, almost 270M XRP have been transmitted from several cryptocurrency exchanges to many unknown addresses in the past 24 hours, according to data from Whale Alert. The largest ever buy was on the Bitso crypto market for 54.1 million XRP. Approximately $27.5 million worth of XRP coins were purchased by Whale all at once.

High Volatility Expected After Judgement

However, whales have been buying up XRP on the Bitstamp platform to the tune of nearly $84.1 million. To their XRP holdings, whales have just added more than $41.4 million over many trades. Meanwhile, a massive transaction involving 132 million XRP (about $62.1 million) was also spotted by the whale tracker.

Since the SEC and Ripple submitted their summary judgement papers, there has been a dramatic increase in the whale stockpiling of XRP tokens. The current increase was caused by new court documents. It also noted a surge in the number of active addresses holding between 1 and 10 million XRP tokens in late 2022.

On the other hand, XRP prices have increased by around 50% during the last week. Since word of the case’s resolution circulated favorably across the market, this is the result. At this moment, the price of XRP is $0.5015 as per CMC.

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