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Ethereum spot ETF race heats up: This cohort takes an interest

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The futures basis for Ethereum on global derivatives giant CME was higher than Bitcoin.

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  • The OI in ETH futures on CME jumped 87% from last month.
  • ETH traders were getting greedy.

Ethereum [ETH] was a bit late to the party. But as they — better late than never!

Since the entry of TradFi giants like BlackRock and Fidelity into the spot ETH ETF race, the second-largest asset digital asset has exhibited immense bullish potential.

Over the last month, ETH accumulated gains of more than 16%, AMBCrypto spotted using CoinMarketCap’s data.

Institutional inflows into ETH jumps

These recent developments spiked institutional interest in ETH, which until very recently, was failing to attract substantial inflows when compared to Bitcoin [BTC].

The futures basis for Ethereum on global derivatives giant Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) was higher than BTC, as per a recent X (formerly Twitter) post by popular on-chain analyst Will Clemente.

For the curious, futures basis refers to the difference between the futures price and the spot index price. When the basis is positive and increasing, it indicates that investors are generally bullish on the asset.

ETH’s futures basis has been positive for most parts in 2023. However, the parabolic rise seen lately was a true measure of TradFi giants’ increasing appetite for the $11 billion-valued digital coin.

But this is not all. The Open Interest (OI) in ETH futures on CME also took off in November, visiting levels last seen in January 2022.

According to Coinglass, the OI on the derivatives exchange, which is viewed as a barometer of institutional interest in cryptos, was $711 million at press time, up 87% from last month.

Source: Coinglass

While this paled in comparison to the $4.91 billion invested into BTC as of this writing, there were early signs that the spot ETH ETFs would attract more institutional capital in the days ahead.

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FOMO grips the ETH market

As of this writing, ETH was exchanging hands at $2,214.48, up nearly 10% over the last week. The market sentiment was leaning towards greed according to AMBCrypto’s analysis of Hyblock Capital’s data.

This suggested that traders were in a mood to buy more.

Source: Hyblock Capital


Aniket is a full-time journalist at AMB Crypto. With experience in news publishing and content management, he is now increasingly tangled up in the web of cryptocurrencies and blockchains. His focus lies on the intersection between cryptos and traditional finance. He prefers DC over Marvel, cats over dogs and Hyderabadi Biryani over Kolkata Biryani.
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