The crypto market is a sea of red, with Solana’s SOL, Cardano’s ADA (+2.5%) tokens and other alternative cryptocurrencies taking a greater hit than bitcoin (BTC, +0.81%) and ether (ETH, – 0.34%). The move appears to be typical of a breather often saw after notable rallies.
ADA was trading at $2.67 at 10:53 UTC, representing a 7.6% drop on a 24-hour basis, and SOL was nursing a 13% misfortune at $68, according to data source Messari. ADA appeared on Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges today. Earlier this month, Sebastien Guillemot, CTO at dcSpark and a former executive of Cardano-founding entity EMURGO, hailed ADA’s entrance to Japan as being similar to a listing on Coinbase, the U.S.- based, Nasdaq-listed crypto exchange and institutions’ favored avenue to accumulate bitcoin.
XRP (- 1.12%), polkadot (DOT, +0.84%) and dogecoin (DOGE, – 1.06%) were also down over 8%. Meanwhile, bitcoin was changing hands at $47,500, down 3.7%, and ether traded 5.5% lower at $3,100, CoinDesk 20 data show. All sub-sectors, including decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens, were flashing red.
According to analytics platform Laevitas, alternative cryptocurrencies were looking ready for a pullback as holding long positions in many of the coins had become too expensive. “Paying over 100% annualized for longs can’t be sustained forever,” Laevitas tweeted, adding that the price drop resembles a healthy correction.
Some of the coins like ADA and SOL looked overbought, having as of late rallied to record highs and outperformed bitcoin by a significant margin. For instance, ADA had rallied 187% and SOL 272% in the past about a month, more than twice as much as bitcoin’s 70%.
“The duo of Cardano (ADA) and Solana (SOL) has seen a meteoric rise in price and valuation lately, with both printing new all-time highs at $2.97 and $81.81 respectively,” Pavel Shkitin, CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange Nominex.io said. “Despite the superiority in both tokens’ technologies, the surge in the past days is somewhat unprecedented, and the current reversal is an expected reaction.”
James Wo, originator, and CEO of the Digital Finance Group said it is normal for investors to decrease openness and take profits to enter at a lower price since we’ve seen the market signal that a momentary top was reached.
Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency by market value, searched due for a pause on Wednesday, with exchanges seeing an increased inflow of coins amid renewed selling by whales.
Similar dynamics were observable in Ethereum’s ether token. According to blockchain analytics firm Santiment, exchanges got 779,880 ETH on Monday, the most since June 21st. “Judging by on-chain data, it might be a whale possibly looking to take some profits,” Santiment said in a research note published Tuesday.
Analysts remain confident of major cryptocurrencies’ long-term possibilities. Laurent Kssis, managing director of exchange-traded items at 21Shares, foresees an arrival of institutional demand to the bitcoin market after Friday’s Jackson Hole Symposium.
Nominex.io’s Shkitin expects the alleged Ethereum executioners ADA and SOL to regain their upward trajectory.