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Why Polygon’s [MATIC] struggles continue despite growing transaction fees

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  • Polygon outperformed Arbitrum and Optimism in terms of transaction fees collected over the last 30 days.
  • MATIC became the most traded token among top Ethereum whales.

According to a 28 February tweet, Polygon [MATIC] collected more than $7 million in transaction fees in the year-to-date (YTD) period, which highlighted the Ethereum [ETH] sidechain’s growing network usage.

Read Polygon’s [MATIC] Price Prediction 2023-2024

Additional data from Token Terminal revealed that Polygon outperformed layer-2 scaling solutions like Arbitrum [ARB] and Optimism [OP] in terms of transaction fees collected over the last 30 days.

Recent activity throws up challenges for Polygon

Though Polygon registered a decent run compared to the lows of 2022’s bear market, network revenue dipped considerably over the last week.

According to Dune Analytics, the daily gas fees have plunged 30% since 21 February. Since the protocol’s revenue depends largely on the gas fees collected, it underwent a decline as well.

Source: Dune Analytics

One reason behind the dip in transaction fees could be the dwindling action on Polygon’s decentralized finance (DeFi) front. Its daily decentralized exchange (DEX) trading volume plummeted 57% over the last 10 days.

Source: Dune Analytics

On the other hand, big addresses displayed their liking for MATIC after it became the most traded token among top Ethereum whales, as per tweet from WhaleStats.

The surge in accumulation could be attributed to the much-anticipated Polygon’s zkEVM scaling solution, which was slated to be launched on 27 March.

MATIC in the grips of bears?

At press time, MATIC exchanged hands at $1.23, down 2.35% in the 24-hour period.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) dropped below the neutral 50 level, implying that bulls were running out of steam.

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The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) sounded a strong bearish alarm for MATIC’s price. The On Balance Volume (OBV) made lower highs and lower lows in the last 10 days, which indicated that capital inflow into the market was decreasing.

Lastly, the technical indicators painted a bearish idea for MATIC and there was a high possibility of price dipping below $1.23.

Source: Trading View MATIC/USD


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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