Solana’s (SOL) recent 250% rise to $25 has shocked many investors in the cryptocurrency market. At the same time, a trader who had his eyes on SOL’s negative funding rate in the futures market could have predicted a bullish move ahead of the rest.
That’s because an excessively negative funding rate, like Solana’s shown below, means that the majority of traders are on the sell side, providing an opportunity for buyers to execute stops.
Regardless of the reason behind the price rally, if enough buyers are interested in joining the bull move, it could turn into a medium to long-term bullish trend. Market analysis shows weakness, likely triggering a sharp correction in altcoins.
Solana finds a worthy competitor in the NFT space
Solana ranks #2 for NFT trading across blockchain platforms. Ethereum dominates with an 81.6% share of total NFT trading volume. According to Solana, he has the second largest pie with his 11.6% share. data From Delphi Digital.
However, the ecosystem stepped back when the two biggest projects, DeGods and y00ts, decided to move away from Solana. Leaving the best performing projects sets a bad precedent for product developers considering launching NFTs. To this day, Ethereum remains the go-to choice for big brands and community projects.
Additionally, Polygon is starting to gain traction after building significant partnerships with brands like Reddit, Starbucks, and Meta. DeGods also chose Polygon over Solana after receiving his $3 million grant from Polygon Labs. Polygon’s business development team is recognized as the best in the business.
Usage data from Nansen for Polygon and Solana confirms a diversion from mid-2022 onwards, with Solana usage trending downward while Polygon’s number of active users surges.
Solana has performance and trust issues
Solana’s network became unpopular last year due to frequent and prolonged network outages and hacks. In 2022 alone he had more than 5 power outages. Market-making fund Jump Crypto has proposed a solution to this problem by developing Firedancer, a backup validator client. Its actual performance has not yet been tested.
The Total Network Charges metric is one of the most powerful metrics for analyzing activity across the platform.Solana stats from token terminal Showcase Starting in 2022, weekly active users are declining quarter by quarter, and network activity is trending downward.
In addition to downtime, the ecosystem also lost trust among users due to a massive hack. The $312 million wormhole bridge hack is he one of the biggest cryptocurrency exploits of 2022. There was also an incident where his $8 million of his SOL was leaked from a user’s wallet.
The final blow to trust came after FTX collapsed, as FTX-Alameda was the largest entity underpinning the Solana ecosystem. hold Approximately 58 million SOL tokens, or 10.7% of Solana’s total supply. Of these, 6.7 million will be unlocked each year through 2025, and 5 million SOL will be unlocked through 2028. These holdings add significant sales risk.
The collapse of FTX also brought down Serum, a major source of liquidity for new DeFi applications.
Bearish Divergence Spotted on SOL/USD Chart
Perhaps the recent surge in SOL price from $10 to $25 was due to a short squeeze in the futures market. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator shows a bearish divergence on the daily SOL/USD chart. The Relative Strength Index (RSI), which measures market momentum, has also moved into oversold territory, increasing the likelihood of a further correction.
The current bullish momentum is likely to continue until it hits resistance at $33. This is the breakdown area of the FTX collapse and where the 50-day exponential moving average is currently located.
The ratio of longs to shorts in the future market shows a slight bearish trend of 51.5% for shorts versus 48.5% for longs. This could provide fuel for SOL/USD’s final rally.
Conversely, a breakout of $33 can lead to a rally towards $135. Unless the Solana Foundation establishes a major partnership like Polygon or shows improved usage data, the above seems highly unlikely.
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