Bitcoin Exchange Outflows Surge to 8-Month High: What’s Next?

Bitcoin investors show bullish signs despite recent price stagnation, with massive outflows from exchanges suggesting anticipation of a surge.

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  • Investors have been moving their Bitcoin out of centralized exchanges, preparing for a potential price surge.
  • This has marked the largest weekly net outflow since June 2023.
  • The reduced availability of Bitcoin on exchanges could potentially play a role in pushing the price upwards.

While Bitcoin’s price has plateaued around the $52,000 mark in the past week, a closer look at on-chain activity reveals a different story. Investors appear undeterred by the sideways movement, with massive outflows from centralized exchanges suggesting they’re preparing for a potential price surge.

$540 Million Bitcoin Outflow

Data from IntoTheBlock, an on-chain analytics platform, shows a whopping $540 million worth of Bitcoin moved out of exchanges last week. This marks the highest net outflow in eight months, signaling a significant shift in investor sentiment.

Historically, such large outflows have been associated with big players moving their Bitcoin into private wallets, often in anticipation of a major price swing. With February nearing its end, many Bitcoin holders remain optimistic about a potential rally.


The timing of these outflows further bolsters this bullish sentiment. Since the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs in January, IntoTheBlock’s exchange metric has shown a steady rise in net outflows. This week’s record-breaking outflow suggests investors are increasingly confident in the long-term potential of Bitcoin.

The reduced availability of Bitcoin on exchanges could also play a role in pushing the price upwards. With less BTC readily available, potential buyers might be willing to pay a premium, increasing the price.

Whales Buy Up Bitcoin

Other on-chain metrics echo IntoTheBlock’s bullish analysis. A Glassnode chart shared by crypto analyst Ali Martinez highlights strong accumulation around the $51,000-$52,000 price level, indicating continued investor interest despite the recent price lull.


Santiment, another on-chain analytics platform, revealed a noteworthy trend among large Bitcoin investors, often called “whales.” Since the beginning of February, the number of wallets holding more than 1,000 BTC has increased by 147, representing a 7.4% rise. 

This accumulation likely involves whales buying Bitcoin from exchanges and transferring it out, contributing to the observed centralized exchange outflows. While the price remains stable, the recent on-chain activity paints a picture of investors preparing for a potential upswing. 

On the Flipside

  • The recent price stability could be a sign of consolidation before a downward move, not necessarily a launchpad for a surge.
  • Overall sentiment is bullish, but on-chain data doesn’t guarantee a price increase in the short term.

Why This Matters

Investors are moving their Bitcoin out of centralized exchanges at the highest rate in eight months, suggesting they are preparing for a potential price surge. This bullish sentiment is bolstered by the increased outflows since the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs in January. 

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.