Keep an Eye on These Coins
The latest week was good one for the cryptocurrency market, all things considered. Bitcoin managed to stay close to $28,000, which bodes well for support levels. Investors are hopeful this momentum will carry forward into the new quarter and help propel crypto to its higher prices of a few years ago. Some tokens, in particular, look as if they may gain momentum along with Bitcoin.
This week, we examine Stellar (XLM), Hedera (HBAR), Frax Share (FXS), Zilliqa (ZIL), and Cardano (ADA). In selecting these assets, we have considered several factors, including positive technical developments, significant news events, and noticeable price changes.
- Stellar's XLM coin price increased by about 16%, possibly due to the Central Bank of Brazil's piloting of a digital currency on the blockchain.
- Hedera (HBAR) gained approximately 18% after news broke that a blockchain app backed by Mastercard would be migrating to its network.
- Frax Shares (FXS)'s roughly 20% rise may be tied to the Frax Finance community's decision to fully collateralize its $1 billion stablecoin.
- Zilliqa (ZIL) advanced almost 15%, likely due to the upcoming launch of Zilliqa Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), which allows compatible app building.
- Cardano's ADA was up about 12%, perhaps because of its updated Hydra scalability solution roadmap, along with increased development activity for the project.
Stellar’s XLM coin price is up about 16%, most likely because the Central Bank of Brazil said it would pilot a central bank digital currency (CBDC) on the blockchain. The agency is testing a digital version of its currency, the Brazilian real.
Another potential reason for this price boost is the fact that Pendulum, a traditional finance infrastructure blockchain, said it would create a bridge connecting Polkadot infrastructure to Stellar’s blockchain.
This bridge—a term for infrastructure that connects two blockchain ecosystems—will allow Polkadot to tap into Stellar’s solutions. Polkadot is a protocol that connects various blockchains, establishing interoperability. XLM is priced at around 10.8 cents. Last week, it was trading at around 09.3 cents (see chart below).
Hedera (HBAR) gained about 18%, possibly because a Mastercard-backed blockchain app migrated to the network. The app is Fresh Supply Co., the largest user of Mastercard Provenance, a blockchain-based traceability solution.
Hedera said Fresh Supply Co.’s tokenization of assets and events will foster transparency and deep, verifiable data for financiers. The company works in the agriculture business and offers solutions to other lenders.
Hedera also was recognized by the Biden administration for its role in recognizing human rights in the crypto industry. At the recent Summit for Democracy, Hedera committed to convening a democracy roundtable on how blockchain technologies could support human rights, transparency, and sustainability. HBAR is changing hands at about 7.1 cents, rising from around 6.1 cents last week (see chart below).
Frax Share (FXS)
Frax Share (FXS)'s price rose by about 20%, perhaps as a result of Frax Finance's vote to fully collateralize its $1 billion market-capitalization stablecoin, called FRAX. Frax Finance is the community that helps steer the future of the project's stablecoin and protocol by voting on various decisions. This vote means that the collateral ratio of the Frax protocol is now 100%.
Ethereum’s upcoming Shanghai upgrade also may have played a role in boosting the price of FXS. The upgrade has led to increased activity and prices for liquid staking solutions, and Frax Finance’s frxETH has outpaced others, according to one crypto research firm. The Shanghai upgrade will allow users to withdraw staked ETH, Ethereum's native token, on the network, which is a significant development.
Liquid staking solutions are ways for users to participate in ETH staking without meeting the hefty minimum requirement of 32 ETH, while also allowing them to unstake at any time. The advantage of Frax’s liquid staking option is its leverage of the overall ecosystem to maximize yield and earn interest. FXS is trading around $9.15. Last week, it was approximately $7.73 (see chart below).
Zilliqa (ZIL)'s price nearly 15%, possibly because of anticipation for the Zilliqa Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). EVM is a software platform used to build applications on Ethereum and other protocols that have EVM compatibility. The imminent release in late April of EVM compatibility to the Zilliqa mainnet would allow smart contracts written in the Solidity programming language to be deployed natively on Zilliqa.
Smart contracts are programs that operate on blockchain networks, resulting in more diverse applications. ZIL is currently valued at around 3 cents, up from about 2.7 cents last week (see chart below).
Cardano’s ADA token experienced a price bump of about 12%, most likely because of improved development activity on the network. Information from crypto data feed Santiment showed a gain in this metric over the past week. The Cardano team also published an updated roadmap for Hydra, a Layer-2 scalability solution—a means for developers to increase transaction speed and lower transaction costs on the network.
Another possible reason could be evidence of the benefits of the Valentine upgrade hard fork emerging. This upgrade, introduced in February, improved security and interoperability on the network, which bodes well for the overall health of the ecosystem. It could have directly led to increased development activity. ADA is trading at around 40 cents. This time last week, it was about 35 cents (see chart below).
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