SOL price reached another record high on Nov. 7, bringing its YTD gains up by roughly 17,500%. Solana (SOL) surpassed Cardano (ADA) and leading stablecoin Tether (USDT) to become the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. At press time, the net worth of total SOL tokens in circulation was a little over $76 billion, falling only behind Binance Coin's (BNB) $109 billion, Ether's (ETH) $540 billion, and Bitcoin's (BTC) $1.17 trillion.
Meanwhile, Cardano and Tether's market cap came out to be $66.39 billion and $74.42 billion, respectively.
Solana's market capitalization surged as its native token, SOL, rose to yet another record high. On Nov. 7, the SOL price crossed above $262 for the first time in history, primarily owing to a market-wide price rally that saw other top cryptocurrencies ink similar gains.
Meanwhile, SOL received additional bullish cues from Solana's foray into Web3 gaming development via its venture capital arm. Dubbed Solana Ventures, the firm announced Friday that it, alongside FTX and Lightspeed Venture Partners, would invest $100 million into the game studios and technology sector.
In doing so, Solana Ventures aims to attract desktop and mobile video game developers to build their projects atop its public blockchain, thereby raising the prospect of higher SOL adoption. A similar adoption boom in 2021 helped send the SOL price up by almost 17,500% YTD — from $1.51 to $262.45.
The uptrend surfaced as speculators started treating Solana as one of the most serious challengers to Ethereum, the leading smart contracts platform grappling with higher gas fees and network congestion issues. For instance, Solana claims that it could process 50,000-60,000 transactions per second (tps) for an average transaction fee of $0.00025. In comparison, Ethereum transacts 15-30 tps, with its median transaction cost ranging between $4 and $21.
Paul Veradittakit, a partner at Pantera Capital, told Bloomberg, called Solana "the top competition" to Ethereum, Cardano, and other smart contract platforms, regarding "developer adoption and momentum."
Nonetheless, Solana also exhibited signs of resource exhaustion, i.e., a lack of prioritization among SOL transactions and a lower number of validators that led to an eighteen-hour long network outage in September. If not fixed, it could raise the risks of reversed or altered transactions across the Solana network.
Despite its latest rally to an all-time high, SOL risks undergoing a correction due to at least two bearish indicators. First, the SOL price has been forming a Rising Wedge, a technical pattern that typically results in lower prices. And second, the cryptocurrency has also been confirming a bearish divergence between its rising price and declining momentum (as confirmed by lower highs on its daily relative strength index).
A break below the Wedge's lower trendline, if accompanied by an increase in volume, would risk sending the SOL price lower by as much as the maximum height. That roughly puts SOL's downside target to levels between $205 and $91.52, depending on the level at which the bearish breakout begins.
|#||Crypto||Prediction||Accuracy||CVIX||Price||24h||7d||Market Cap||7d price change|
|1||BTC||Bitcoin predictions||69.6%||54||$28 068.88||1.33%||7.74%||$542 479 232 239|
|2||ETH||Ethereum predictions||79.6%||39||$1 796.91||2.35%||4.75%||$219 895 368 505|
|3||USDT||Tether predictions||93.6%||1||$1.001141||-0.09%||-0.12%||$78 575 681 204|
|4||BNB||Binance Coin predictions||74.4%||51||$323.51||-0.44%||-2.98%||$51 078 681 358|
|5||USDC||USD Coin predictions||91.6%||2||$0.999580||0.05%||-0.01%||$34 405 741 418|
|6||XRP||XRP predictions||84.4%||21||$0.427684||-3.54%||15.97%||$21 790 915 468|
|7||HEX||HEX predictions||62%||82||$0.105273||-13.59%||20.81%||$18 255 461 602|
|8||ADA||Cardano predictions||78.4%||44||$0.362363||-2.84%||8.30%||$12 581 690 970|
|9||STETH||Lido stETH predictions||94.8%||1||$2 941.39||-0.40%||-3.32%||$10 258 752 564|
|10||DOGE||Dogecoin predictions||75.2%||51||$0.075582||0.44%||1.34%||$10 027 482 654|
|11||MATIC||Polygon predictions||76%||47||$1.12||-0.15%||-5.20%||$9 805 540 362|
|12||SOL||Solana predictions||70.4%||52||$21.64||-0.45%||7.94%||$8 303 091 244|
|13||BUSD||Binance USD predictions||96%||1||$0.999779||0.02%||-0.10%||$8 062 237 832|
|14||DOT||Polkadot predictions||75.6%||49||$6.21||0.24%||-1.17%||$7 268 180 249|
|15||LTC||Litecoin predictions||73.2%||59||$92.99||5.58%||13.69%||$6 746 412 901|
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