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Tezos: This might serve as a catalyst for XTZ’s upward trend

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Tezos, a layer 1 blockchain, activated an upgrade dubbed Kathmandu on Friday (23 September), according to a tweet from the team. The Kathmandu upgrade reportedly went live on Friday at block 2,736,129 of the Tezos proof-of-stake (PoS) mainnet.

After the upgrade, the network’s social dominance declined, but it saw a spike on 25 September, according to data obtained from Santiment.

Source: Santiment

A tweet from LunarCrush also pointed out the rise in Tezos’ social engagement in the past 24 hours.

Sluggish price movement

Moreover, in the past seven days, XTZ has gained a little above 2%. At the close of trade yesterday (25 September), XTZ had lost 2.70%. It opened trading at $1.516 and closed at $1.475, it traded as high as $1.555 in the same trading period.

As of the time of writing, it was trading in the $1.45 and $1.5 region. On the daily time frame, the asset has been experiencing resistance around the $1.572 region.

The resistance has been strong for the better part of the month, only broken for 7 days before returning below the line again. The support has been holding firmly at $1.404, with XTZ not being able to form a new support line above the current one.

Source: TradingView

A look at the Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) on a daily timeframe showed that XTZ was, at press time, below the neutral line, although close to it.

The Directional Movement Indicator(DMI) also showed the signal and the plus DI line below 20. The DMI and the RSI both indicate a bearish trend, though not a strong one, but bearish nonetheless.

However, at the time of writing, the volume indicator underlined the fact that buyers were contributing more to the trade volume.

One positive metric

Metrics gathered after the upgrade showed XTZ performing poorly. However, one metric that has seen some improvement afterward is the development activity.

The chart obtained from Santiment indicated an uptick in the development activity. The development activity, at press time, was in the 1.55 region. Thus, indicating the high rate of activity going on the network post-upgrade.

Source: Santiment

Contributors to Tezos and development companies Nomadic Labs, Marigold, TriliTech, Oxhead Alpha, Tarides, DaiLambda, and Functori & Tweag suggested Kathmandu in July.

Through an on-chain governance procedure, the community subsequently gave their approval. The upgrade is anticipated to improve the network’s scalability massively and, ideally, boost the number of decentralized applications developed on the network. 

The price action of XTZ has largely been sideways. Holders should not expect a major breakout anytime soon. However, if the upgrade delivers on all the features it promised, we might see the development of more Dapps.

This might serve as a catalyst for an upward trend of XTZ as the ecosystem’s demand will impact its price action. 


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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