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Massive staked Ethereum withdrawals by whales allow arbitrageurs to profit

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Lido (LDO) staked Ethereum (stETH) traded at a discount to Ethereum (ETH) on Curve after a whale removed 84,131 ETH ($101 million) from the protocol, allowing arbitrageurs to profit from the situation.

Peckshield also reported that a whale withdrew 42,400 stETH from Aave.

Lookonchain reported that an MEV bot arbitraged 104 ETH ($124,800) from this situation. According to the on-chain analytics, the bot transactions took this format:

“MEV Bot uses flash loan to obtain 8,000 WETH from 0x2718. His exchange path is 8,000 ETH → 8,272 stETH → 7,537 wstETH → 8,104 WETH.”

Another trader, Mandalacapital.eth, has longed stETH on Aave with a plan to take profit after stETH/ETH returns to peg. The trader deposited 4,513.70 stETH on Aave to borrow 3,193 ETH. He then exchanged the borrowed ETH for 3,258.46 stETH and borrowed again to increase the long leverage.

In another case, an address exchanged 2000 ETH for 2,053.48 stETH at a rate of 0.974. This means that they can later redeem it for ETH. That would mean a profit of 53.4 ETH.

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