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Terra: How long will this LUNA-r eclipse loom over the crypto market

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“I no longer feared the darkness once I knew the phoenix in me would rise from the ashes”, said Ms. Luna.

After suffering a significant decimation to its price following UST’s depegging, LUNA recorded a 100% intra-day spike in price on May 22. Standing at $0.0001917 at press time with a 16% growth in price in the last 24 hours, increased accumulation of this token appeared to have been underway.

Why the spike?

The monstrous spike in the price of the LUNA token can be attributed to a number of factors. Firstly, as a result of the serious devaluation of LUNA that pushed the token to zero, major exchanges put a peg on margin trading and this has prevented traders from shorting the token. This might be a reason why the price of the token is up. 

Also, in a bid to make even on the losses incurred, investors appear to have been heavily accumulating the coin to drive up the price. In addition, steps taken by Do Kwon to revive the token might be resurrecting investor confidence in the token. Hence the token may have witnessed a jump in price.

Let’s also take a look at the token’s performance in the last 24 hours. 

LUNA-tic spikes

Trading at $0.0001917 at the time of writing, despite the woes of the past few weeks, the LUNA token has been able to record a 16% spike in price in the past 24 hours. Following a 100% increment in price over the weekend, investors appear to be ramping up accumulation. With a 108% spike in trading volume recorded in the last 24 hours, the bulls are currently having a field day.

Furthermore, marking a high of $1.41 billion during intraday trade yesterday, the market capitalization of the token saw a 16.09% increase in the last 24 hours. 

Interestingly at press time, although the MACD trend pointed at a bullish movement, the positions of the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and the Money Flow Index (MFI) hinted at a bearish bias. Standing at 14 and 0 respectively, the positions of the RSI and MFI were indicative of increased exits by investors; therefore a bearish divergence.

What this tells us is that although there is a bullish attitude on the market, momentum appears to be slowing down. 

Source: CoinMarketCap

What do we “Kwon” on the chain?

Surprisingly, as the LUNA token continued to record unprecedented highs, on a social front, investors paid it no attention. In the last 24 hours, the social metrics suffered a decline. The social volume, with a score of 2,264, at press time, bled by 72% in the last 24 hours. Similarly, the social dominance suffered a 3% decline in the last 24 hours. 

Source: Santiment

As expected, in view of the plans to fork the Terra Network, the development activity on the token saw a spike albeit negligible. At press time, this number stood at 28.42.

Source: Santiment

What could he be Do-ing?

The only clear path to revival for the LUNA token is the forking into a new chain that was proposed last week. Although implying that a burn was underway in an earlier tweet, Do Kwon later denied the same by saying that nothing happens when investors send their LUNA token to the burn address except that they lose their tokens.


Abiodun is a full-time journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is also a lawyer with over 2 years of experience. With a keen interest in blockchain technology and its limitless possibilities, Abiodun spends his time understanding the technology, building projects, and educating people about it.
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