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SOL outclasses ADA, ETH, but here’s why a breakout remains elusive

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Compared to ADA and ETH, SOL has shown better signs of strength. But the token, and its ecosystem, may need to do more.

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  • SOL’s demand area has turned into a selling interest zone.
  • Solana’s TVL was far ahead of Cardano’s, and the token’s price action against ETH favored SOL.

Solana’s [SOL] performance in the last seven days has been woefully inadequate for its holders. And out of the top 10 assets in market cap, Cardano [ADA] was the only asset that performed worse than SOL.

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

Set to break higher

However, Bloomberg Intelligence’s market analyst, James Coutts, noted that there has been a change in SOL’s technical structure. According to Coutts, the previous $26.31 support level has turned into resistance.

In his tweet, the analyst compared this scenario to the last bull market, when insiders dumped the token around $30 – $40. When this happens, it simply means that the demand zone has now become an area of selling interest.

Further, this means buyers have tried to break through the area but have been unable to drive prices higher.

Despite the possibility of a further downtrend, Coutts mentioned that SOL has shown signs of strength, especially against Ethereum [ETH]. One instance he referred to was the period when the SEC labeled SOL as an unregistered security. 

Although the token tumbled as of then, it didn’t fall as much as it did in 2022 when it nosedived because of the fall of the FTX exchange. Coutts said,

“The SEC-induced selloff was not enough for the asset to trade below the 2022 low. Price is now consolidating vs ETH but the setup for break higher is there.”

SOL tops ADA 

But the analyst was quick to mention that Ethereum had more solid fundamentals than Solana despite the latter’s faster speed and lower transaction costs. Hence, he deemed it fit to compare Solana with another Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain— ADA.

While Cardano’s market cap is slightly higher than Solana’s, the same cannot be said for its Total Value Locked (TVL). The TVL measures the rate of unique smart contract deposits into protocols under an existing chain.

At press time, Solana’s TVL was $313.75 million. Cardano, on the other hand, had a TVL of $185.87 million. This means that market participants have locked in more capital with the aim of enjoying more proceeds in Solana than in Cardano.

It was also the same situation when comparing fees generated by both blockchains.

Solana TVL

Source: DefiLlama

While TVL rarely impacts prices, Santiment showed that Solana’s daily trading volume was higher than Cardano’s. This metric indicates the total amount of assets traded on a daily basis.

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

At the time of writing, Solana’s trading volume was $589.57 million. Meanwhile, Cardano’s volume was $288.39 million. But it was noteworthy to mention that both volumes fell.

Solana and Cardano trading volume

Source: Santiment

Therefore, if SOL were to break out from the $26.31 resistance, then the volume might need to increase significantly.


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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