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Cardano [ADA] ticks the right boxes as Valentine upgrade approaches

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  • Large addresses went on an ADA accumulation spree.
  • Cardano network registered a rise in development activity.

Slowly but steadily, Cardano [ADA] broke out of the shackles of the 2022 bear market. According to a tweet by Santiment, whale transactions on the network have swelled up since the start of February 2023, clocking an average of 1700 daily transactions.

How much are 1,10,100 ADAs worth today?

A deeper dig into the data showed that accumulation by large addresses holding between 10,000 to 10 million ADA coins shot up, marking an impressive recovery since the FTX debacle. 

ADA’s bullish rally saw its token holders pocket gains of about 50% since the start of 2022.

Community waits for Valentine’s Day!

There has been considerable hype building in anticipation of the Valentine upgrade, which is scheduled for 14 February. 

According to Cardano builder Input Output HK, the new upgrade will advance blockchain interoperability and encourage cross-chain dApp development. 

Coinciding with this, the development activity on the network has picked up decisively, according to Santiment’s data. Over the last seven days, this metric has jumped by 27%, spreading a fresh wave of optimism in the Cardano fanbase.

Source: Santiment

Overview of the Cardano’s key parameters

Notably, Cardano recorded a strong performance on the decentralized finance (DeFi) front as well. The total value locked (TVL) and the decentralized exchange (DEX) trading volume on the network made a sharp rebound from the lows of 2022 and sat at $24.42 million at press time, per DeFiLlama.

Source: DeFiLlama

Cardano remained the second largest crypto currency by staking market cap. Over 71% of its circulating supply was staked in the network’s smart contract, according to data provided by Staking Rewards

The number of stakers increased by about 10% in the last 30 days. Surprisingly, the interest in staking grew, despite a decline in the revenue generated for stakers. 

Source: Staking Rewards

Realistic or not, here’s ADA’s market cap in BTC’s terms

On the flip side, daily active addresses on the network tapered down in February 2023, which was counter-intuitive. The velocity dipped as well, implying that transaction volume was still on the lower side.

The network value to transactions (NVT) ratio spiked, lending evidence to the observation that network value was more than on-chain activity. The weighted sentiment was in the negative territory, which was also surprising.

Source: Santiment


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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