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Polkadot [DOT] is winning in terms of development activity but…

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Polkadot [DOT] is winning in terms of development activity but...

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  • Polkadot kicks off January with a resurgence of strong development activity.
  • DOT struggles to maintain its upside and a possible retracement might be on the cards.

Polkadot has reclaimed the top spot as the blockchain network with the highest development activity count. This is according to an activity tracker ProofOfGitHub and this is important because the Polkadot has recently been dominating in terms of development.

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Here’s why you might want to pay more attention to Polkadot and its development activity. The latter is an important measure of a project’s efforts toward achieving its long-term goals.

Especially those related to platform development. Polkadot managed to outperform other top blockchains by this measure, including Ethereum, Cosmos, and Cardano.

An assessment of Polkadot’s development activity metric collaborates with the ProofOfGithub observations. The network’s development activity experienced a sharp surge since 3 January.

Interestingly, the same metric demonstrates a slowdown from mid to the end of December. This is likely because developers were out for the holidays and have now picked up where they left off.

Polkadot development activity

Source: Santiment

Polkadot has not released any development-related updates so far despite the above observations. This might be a sign that the ongoing development activity might be related to ecosystem development.

Despite this, the fact that Polkadot is clocking in more dev activity than its rival networks may not go unnoticed by the investors.

Will development activity impact investor sentiment?

Healthy development does usually have a positive impact on investor sentiment. However, this does not seem to reflect on DOT’s weighted sentiment. The latter declined since mid-December and is yet to recover.

Polkadot weighted sentiment

Source: Santiment

DOT managed to pull off an 11% upside in the first week of January despite the lack of enthusiasm among investors. Its MFI indicator registered healthy inflows since the start of the month but the price is now experiencing resistance after the RSI reached its mid-point.

Polkadot DOT price action

Source: TradingView

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DOT’s struggle to rally above the current point might continue in the short term regardless of healthy development activity. This is because DOT’s current level has manifested noteworthy sell pressure as those that bought at or near the bottom range take profits. DOT’s demand in the derivatives market is also showing signs of weakness.

Polkadot Binance and DYDX funding rates

Source: Santiment

Both the Binance and DYDX funding rates have improved significantly since the start of January. However, the same metrics demonstrated some slippage in the last 24 hours.

As far as expectations are concerned, the probability of a bearish retracement in the next few days is higher based on the above observations. Nevertheless, this does not guarantee the expected outcome.


Michael is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. He has 5 years of experience in finance and forex and more than two years as a writer in the crypto and blockchain segments. Michael's writing at AMBCrypto is primarily focused on cryptocurrency market news and technical analysis. His interests include motorcycles and exotic cars.
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