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Grayscale Withdraws Ethereum ETF Application Just 3 Weeks Before SEC Decision

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Grayscale Withdraws Ether Futures ETF Application: Uncertain Future for Spot Ethereum ETFs

Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest cryptocurrency asset manager, has made a surprising move by withdrawing its application for an Ether futures ETF just weeks before the SEC was set to rule on several spot ETH ETFs. The application, which was filed in September 2023, proposed an ETF that would track Ether futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). This unexpected withdrawal has left analysts puzzled and speculating about Grayscale’s strategic intentions.

Some experts, like Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart, believe that Grayscale may have been using the futures ETF as a strategic tool to pressure the SEC into approving a spot Ether ETF, which directly tracks the price of Ethereum. This theory is supported by the fact that the withdrawal comes just before the SEC’s deadlines to rule on several spot Ether ETF applications from other companies.

The fate of spot Ethereum ETFs now hangs in the balance as the SEC’s stance on these products remains uncertain. While SEC Chair Gary Gensler has acknowledged the applications, he has not provided a specific timeline for a decision. Grayscale’s withdrawal adds to the uncertainty surrounding spot Ethereum ETFs, with industry experts anticipating a similar batch decision-making process from the SEC as seen with spot Bitcoin ETFs in January 2023.

Following Grayscale’s decision, the market demand for Ethereum has taken a hit, with the ETH price struggling to maintain its uptrend momentum. As of May 8, Ethereum is trading at $2,991, reflecting a 7.38% dip over the last 48 hours. Investors and analysts will be closely monitoring the developments in the Ethereum market in the coming days as the uncertainty surrounding spot Ethereum ETFs continues to loom large.

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