Bitcoin whales have accumulated over 12,000 BTC, or over $106 million worth of the cryptocurrency, since its price dropped below $9,500 on May 20, according to data from crypto analytics platform Santiment.

According to Santiment addresses with over 100 bitcoin in them – considered BTC whales because of their significant holdings – have been buying the dip over the last few days. Throughout the year, they’ve shown a “propensity to accumulate into dips and offload their bags slightly before short-term tops occur.”

Cryptocurrency market participants observe the movements of whales because their significant holdings could easily influence the market’s directions. If most bitcoin whales start accumulating a short-term rise is to be expected. On the other hand, if whales move their funds to exchanges a price drop is to be expected.

Back in March, Santiment found that the top 100 holders of Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, were accumulating amid an ongoing consolidation, which according to the firm showed those who have a larger stake in ETH were starting to have a “collective sentiment of the token being undervalued.”

Bitcoin whales were also accumulating funds ahead of the cryptocurrency’s halving event, which according to some signalled a sell-off was expected after the event. CryptoCompare data shows the price of bitcoin did not drop immediately after the halving. It traded over the $9,000 for days after the event, but has since dropped below that mark.

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