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Optimism [OP] overtakes Arbitrum, but what’s troubling investors?

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Optimism manages to overtake Arbitrum in this area, but trouble for OP is far from over 

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  • Optimism outperformed Arbitrum in terms of user retention. 
  • OP’s revenue increased, but on-chain metrics and market indicators remained bearish.

On 2 March, Messari published a report comparing Optimism [OP] and Arbitrum. The report mentioned that while Arbitrum may have relied on organic growth, Optimism concentrated on providing incentives for users to reach its 3-million unique user milestone throughout the previous year.

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

Optimism’s user retention is praiseworthy 

As per the report, in the short term, 35–45% of new users were retained by both Arbitrum and Optimism, although Optimism retained a larger percentage of its long-term user base. Though both the short- and long-term retention rates are valuable metrics, the latter is more important in order to understand the value of a blockchain.

Moreover, Optimism’s long-term retention was considerably higher than that of Arbtrum, suggesting more users’ trust in the L2 blockchain. 

Source: Messari

Interestingly, while OP’s retention rate registered a hike, Token Terminal’s data revealed that the same remained true for the blockchain’s fees. OP’s network fees and revenue both went up over the last 30 days, indicating increased usage.

Source: Token Terminal

Further growth in the Optimism network can be expected as the blockchain approaches the date of the much-awaited Bedrock upgrade. The new upgrade is expected to go live in March, and it will considerably reduce usage fees on the mainnet. 

OP, however, was feeling the heat

While the aforementioned data pointed out strong performance on the network, Optimism’s native token had reasons for concern as its price declined by over 17% in the last seven days. According to CoinMarketCap, OP was down by 5.5% in the last 24 hours alone, and at the time of writing, it was trading at $2.56 with a market capitalization of over $805 million.

OP’s MVRV Ratio registered a sharp decline, which can be attributed to the fall in the token’s price. Another negative signal was that the network’s development activity went down in the last few days. OP’s performance on the social front also fell, which was evident from its social volume. 

Source: Santiment

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

Investors should be cautious 

A look at OP’s daily chart revealed the formation of an ascending triangle pattern, which generally is a bullish signal. However, in this case, the opposite was true as OP’s price plummeted. Other market indicators also supported the bears.

For instance, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) registered a downtick. The same remained true for the Chaikin Money Flow (CMF), which was a bearish signal. Nonetheless, OP’s Exponential Moving Average (EMA) Ribbon was still bullish, as the 20-day EMA was comfortably above the 55-day EMA. 

Source: TradingView


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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