For most of the past 48 hours, the crypto market was blood red. Bitcoin had dipped from $24,300, its weekend highs, to $21,800 at the local lows, as Ethereum slipped under $600 for the first time in many weeks.
This move resulted in a strong move lower in many smaller-cap altcoins, which fell against the dollar by around double the amount BTC did.
Even decentralized finance (DeFi) coins, which are seen to be quite resilient sometimes, saw a strong move lower.
But DeFing the odds, Synthetix Network Token (SNX) has gained 30 percent in the past 24 hours alone. It is the top-performing cryptocurrency in the top 100 by market capitalization, outpacing Bitcoin’s three percent gain by an order of magnitude. The crypto asset’s price action can be seen in the chart seen below.
Synthetix surges 30% in a single day, shocking investors
This massive rally in SNX’s price action can be attributed to a vast number of trends, some of which are as follows:
Coinbase Pro recently listed SNX after months and even years of anticipation, giving investors that don’t know how to use Uniswap or don’t have access to other exchanges to trade the coin. Unit bias, which is when investors prefer coins that are lower in price, may have added to the buying pressure seen on Coinbase Pro and other retail-focused platforms.
SNX volumes have shot through the roof over recent days as investors have begun to wake up to the cryptocurrency’s potential. SNX has largely been a coin that has underperformed in the DeFi space.
“Smart money” addresses as defined by Nansen, an Ethereum-focused data firm, have been accumulating the coin over the past week.
Synthetix’s developers have been rolling out a number of new improvements. First and foremost, a new staking decentralized application was rolled out yesterday, improving the user experience. Secondly, Synthetix’s “Shaula” release is being rolled out, which will “allow ETH and generic ERC20 collateral to be added to Synthetix.” Many see this crucial to Synthetix’s development as it seeks to move beyond the SNX-only model that has existed for so long.
About 20 hours from now, we’re kicking off the Shaula release. During this time, expected to take up to several hours, SNX and Synth tokens will not be transferrable or exchangeable on-chain. 1/https://t.co/UpZn6rT5E7