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Immutable (IMX) Up By 23% In A Single Day, Analyst Suspects Market Manipulation

IMX, native token of Ethereum layer-2 scaling solution Immutable X, recorded massive gains on Thursday, soaring by over 23% within the last 24 hours.

Before this price gain, IMX had been relatively stable all week, hovering around the $0.52 price zone, according to data from Coingecko.

Behind IMX’s Rise, Analysts Points To Price Manipulation

Although there may be no clear reasons for the token’s positive price movement, Chinese reporter Colin Wu speculated about potential price speculation. 

According to a post on X by Wu, 10.95 million of the token, valued at $8.1 million, were transferred to the Upbit exchange from several other crypto exchanges, including Binance, OKX, Bybit, Crypto.com, Gate, etc. 

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Korean traders are manipulating the price of IMX and driving a surge. Today, 10.95 million IMX ($8.1 million) flowed into Upbit from multiple CEXs such as Binance, OKX, Bybit, Cryptocom, Gate, etc. The price quickly rose from US$0.56 to US$1. https://t.co/JjUcqi7CKS

— Wu Blockchain (@WuBlockchain) September 21, 2023

Following these transactions, the token surged from $0.56 to $0.74, representing a 34.5% price gain. Wu has stated that Korean traders are “behind this move.” The Upbit exchange is mainly popular in South Korea, dominating over 83% of the nation’s crypto market.

Providing more insight into these transactions, on-chain analytics firm Lookonchain reports that these transfers to Upbit were sent to the same wallet with the address “0x2F77.” This indicates a single crypto whale was likely behind this price surge. 

Within three hours on Thursday, 12.54 million of the token, valued at $9.45 million, was transferred to “0x2F77,” allowing this address to become the 9th largest holder of the token, owning 20.4 million worth $15 million. 

Furthermore, Lookonchain also revealed that several IMX investors opted to take profit following the token’s price gain. These investors include GSR Markets, a crypto investment firm that moved 2 million Immutable, worth $1.52 million, to Binance right after Immutable rose.

In addition, three investors withdrew 3.5 million Immutable, valued at $2.3 million, from the Foundation Treasury Locked wallet and may be planning a market dump. Following such transactions, it is no surprise that IMX soon experienced a price decline of about 13.33% a few hours after its boost.

IMX Gets Listed On Japanese Exchange

In other news, IMX has also been listed on the Japanese exchange Coincheck. According to a blog post by the crypto exchange on Thursday, IMX will now be eligible for its various services, including Coincheck NFT and  Coincheck crypto lending service. 

In addition to IMX, Coincheck also announced listing other cryptocurrencies, namely Apecoin (APE) and AXS, the governance token of the Axie Infinity gaming metaverse. 

At the time of writing, the IMX trades at around $0.64, with a price loss of 1.8% in the last hour. Based on more data from Coingecko, the token’s daily trading volume rose by 238.20%, valued at $808.50 million.

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