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Lido’s market cap surge- Is it a bubble? Investigating factors at play

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Lido's market cap surge- Is it a bubble? Investigating factors at play

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  • Lido’s market cap spike may not be sustainable due to the declining performance of its protocol.
  • Decreasing APR, user count, and whale interest may impact Lido’s long-term success.

Lido’s market cap grew significantly over the last few days, according to recent data provided by Messari. The growth in market cap was attributed to the hype around the upcoming Shanghai Hardfork on Ethereum.

However, this spike in the market cap may not be sustainable in the long term.


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Not APReciated

Over the last 14 days, Lido’s market cap increased by 47.7%. However, over the last few months, the APR provided by the Lido protocol to its users decreased steadily.

This decrease in APR could impact the interest in the Lido token. Why? Well, of course, because it would be less attractive for users to stake their assets in Lido, which could lead to a reduction in TVL in the long run.

Source: Dune Analytics

In fact, over the last month, Lido’s TVL increased significantly, but a declining APR could result in users shying away from the protocol which could, in turn,  impact Lido’s TVL in the long term.

Source: Defi Llama

According to Messari, over the last 30 days, the number of unique users on the Lido protocol decreased by 9.80%. While the revenue generated by Lido continued to increase and surged by 7.9% during the same period. Notably, a continued decline in the number of unique users could also impact Lido’s revenue as well as its TVL over time.


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Whales swim away

Meanwhile, despite the growth in LDO’s market cap, whales were starting to lose interest in the token. According to Santiment, the percentage of large addresses holding LDO declined over the last month. In fact, the reading of LDO’s network growth metric also decreased.

Additionally, the activity of the token fell as the velocity of the token plummeted sharply. A decline in velocity suggests that the frequency with which the LDO token was being exchanged amongst addresses decreased over time.

Source: Santiment

In conclusion, Lido’s spike in its market cap may be short-lived. At press time, LDO was trading at $2.32 and its price increased by 0.27% in the last 24 hours

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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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