MATIC spikes, but is that really the whole story?
- MATIC’s Weighted Sentiment slipped deeper into negative territory.
- Polygon’s NFT market continued to flourish, with $90 million in sales thus far in January.
But it’s not what you think it is!
Counterintuitively, MATIC’s USD trading volumes fell by more than 50% during the same period, according to AMBCrypto’s analysis of Santiment data.
Typically, low trading volumes in an uptrend are interpreted as bearish signals. This is because traders are not interested in buying the asset.
Moreover, decreasing volume in an uptrend may suggest that it’s time to sell and take profits. However, this should not be taken as market advice and readers were encouraged to perform their due diligence before making any moves.
The Weighted Sentiment also slipped deeper into the negative territory, lending credence to MATIC’s bearish narrative.
MATIC falls out of favor with derivatives traders
MATIC’s speculative interest tumbled since the start of the year. According to Coinglass, the Open Interest (OI) in MATIC futures was $199 million as of this writing, down 34% year-to-date (YTD).
Additionally, the number of short positions taken for the coin has consistently surpassed longs since the start of 2024.
Goes to sure that derivatives traders were not too bullish on MATIC as of this publication.
Polygon’s NFT market looks good
However, not everything was gloomy and negative. According to a recent X post, Polygon blockchain recorded $90 million in NFT sales thus far in January, the highest monthly volume since April 2022.
NEW: Polygon has passed $90M in NFT sales volume for the month of January so far.
The highest monthly volume since April 2022. pic.twitter.com/0yiYfiwgFl
— Today In Polygon (@TodayInPolygon) January 20, 2024
Polygon held strong as the fourth-largest blockchain for NFT trading over the last month, with sales totaling more than $100 million, according to CryptoSlam. This represented a jump of 70% over the previous month.
Read Polygon’s [MATIC] Price Prediction 2023-24
The driving force behind the Polygon NFT boom was the collections from Web3 game Gas Hero. Gas Hero Common Heroes was the second-most traded collection over the last month, with sales exceeding $35 million.