Ethereum price continues downward spiral while a major competitor posts gains of 50%
Ethereum’s performance reflects the bearish mood of crypto investors globally, with the market cap of the sector down more than 30% since November 2021.
- Ethereum has registered daily losses over the past week.
- Cardano (ADA) has rallied by nearly 50% since January 12, thanks to the release of a new decentralized exchange (DEX) called SundaeSwap.
- Prominent NFT marketplace OpenSea completed the successful purchase of decentralized finance (DeFi) lending protocol Dharma Labs earlier this week.
Ethereum (ETH) has continued to regress over the last couple of weeks, registering losses of nearly 17% since the start of the new year. At press time, ETH is trading at $3,270.
The altcoin follows in the footsteps of the market at large, which has been bearish since November 8, 2021. Despite this, ETH’s fundamentals appear to be quite strong. The altcoin showcases annualized profits of over 150% while maintaining a solid market cap of over $375 billion.
As the market suffers, Binance coin (BNB) has been on the receiving end of a massive financial wipeout too, having lost a whopping 33% of its value since hitting its all-time high of $692 during Q2 2021. Analysts believe that with traders currently shorting BNB futures’ short positions, more dips may be witnessed for the token over the coming few weeks.
Cardano rallies prior to SundaeSwap launch
Even as the total market cap of the crypto sector dips, leaving a vast majority of prominent altcoin projects with heavy losses, Cardano (ADA) has seen its value rise to a 21-day high of $1.52. This rise led many pundits to predict that a trend reversal may be on the cards for the highly touted digital asset.
The bounce-back comes in the wake of the release of a DEX called “SundaeSwap” that has been built atop the Cardano ecosystem. As soon as news of the launch went live on January 17, ADA’s price spiked by over 11%, taking its price to a relative high of $1.60 before showcasing a minor correction. ADA’s price has jumped by nearly 50% over the last week alone.
OpenSea acquires prominent DeFi platform Dharma Labs
Prominent NFT marketplace OpenSea announced earlier this week that it had completed the acquisition of crypto wallet and lending platform Dharma Labs for an undisclosed amount. The latter’s cofounders, Nadav Hollander and Brendan Forster, will step down from their existing roles and take over as OpenSea’s new CTO and strategy head, respectively.
According to a representative for OpenSea, the move seeks to help the platform expand its footprint — primarily in terms of safety and reliability — within the global NFT and Web 3.0 ecosystems.
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Disclosure: The author owns a range of cryptocurrencies at the time of writing.