On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Ethereum’s Shapella upgrade was successfully implemented, enabling validators to withdraw staked ether. Data reveals that more than 860,000 ether is poised for unlocking, and 77,000 ether is expected to be withdrawn on Thursday. Ether’s price has experienced a surge, rising 6% against the U.S. dollar within the past 24 hours.
Staked Ether Can Now be Withdrawn Following the Network’s Shapella Upgrade
Ethereum underwent a substantial update on April 12 when the Shapella hard fork launched, allowing validators to access their staked coins. This marks Ethereum’s first major development since The Merge—the transition from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS). The hard fork officially took effect at epoch 194,048 or 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday.
Since the upgrade, numerous validators have prepared to withdraw their staked ether. However, ether withdrawal restrictions include a daily limit and a waiting list for validators. Withdrawals are available in two forms: those for reward withdrawals and those for the required 32-ether validator withdrawals.
As of 9:30 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 13, 2023, over 860,000 ether—valued at $1.71 billion using current exchange rates—are awaiting withdrawal. A staggering 17.46 million ether worth more than $34 billion is currently locked for staking purposes. The annual percentage rate (APR) for staking ether stands at 5.06%.
Despite the upgrade, Ethereum network transaction fees have remained relatively stable. The average transaction fee on Thursday is approximately 0.0029 ETH or $5.72 per transfer, while the median fee hovers around 0.0013 ETH or $2.66 per transfer. On Thursday, ethereum (ETH) climbed above $2k per unit, reflecting a 6% increase over the past 24 hours. Additionally, ETH dominance has risen to encompass 19.3% of the entire crypto-economy with a market cap surpassing $241 billion.
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