Ether Flirts with All-Time High as Asia-Based Traders Look More to DEX Markets
While bitcoin and ether stalled on inflation, regulatory comments from US officials, investors in Asia continue to make moves as interest in DeFi grows.
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- Ether stalled during the US trading day, but took off during the Asian trading hours as investors double-down on DEXs, which gained 8% in the last 24 hours
- Open interest contracts for ether continue to inch up on Huobi and OKEX during the Asia trading day
While bitcoin and ether retreated during the US trading day after remarks from US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about inflation and continued regulatory uncertainty, price movement for ether picked back up during the Asian trading day pushing it past the $4,700 mark and in striking distance of its previous all-time high of $4,800.
On OKEX and Huobi, two exchanges primarily serving traders in China and East Asia, open interest for ether continued to tick up, heading towards $1.4 billion on OKEX and $245 million on Huobi.
March Zheng, a partner at China-based Bizantine Capital, believes that ether will leave the market behind because traders in China are interested in getting more exposure to DeFi and decentralized exchanges given the regulatory challenges these exchanges are having in China.
Zheng also noted that he’s seeing increased interest in Solana for similar reasons, as well as Arbitrum — an Ethereum layer-2 using optimistic roll-up technology to dramatically decrease gas fees for transactions. Arbitrum has attracted $2.74 billion in capital since launching over the summer, according to L2beat.com.
Sushiswap’s SUSHI token virtually mirrored the rise of ether during the Asia trading day, climbing 7% on-day while Uniswap’s UNI increased by 8% according to CoinGecko.
Meanwhile, the amount of ether being stored on exchanges, according to Cryptoquant, continues to decline. The data provider says that as of Nov. 23 there were approximately 17.6 million ether stored on exchanges. A month prior, there were approximately 18.2 million.
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