2 key indicators cast doubt on the strength of the current crypto market recovery

Analyzing the aggregate cryptocurrency market performance over the past 7 days could give investors the impression that the total market capitalization grew by a mere 4% to $2.03 trillion, but this data is heavily impacted by the top 5 coins, which happen to include two stablecoins.

Excluding Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Binance Coin (BNB) and stablecoins reflects a 9.3% market capitalization increase to $418 billion from $382 billion on Feb 4. This explains why so many of the top-80 altcoins hiked 25% or more while very few presented a negative performance.

Winners and losers among the top-80 coins. Source: Nomics

Gala Games (GALA) announced on Feb. 9 a partnership with world renowned hip-hop star Snoop Dogg to launch his new album and exclusive non-fungible token (NFT) campaign. Gala Games also has plans to support additional content like access to films, comics, and more in the future.

Theta Network (THETA), a decentralized video sharing platform, was fueled by a Theta Labs funding grant to Replay, a Web3 content payment and tracking protocol for content owners. According to the release, Replay’s end-to-end solution will allow Theta users to be fairly rewarded for their contributions.

XRP also rallied after Ripple got permission for a ‘fair notice defense’ to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The decision refers to the ongoing court case in which the SEC claimed that Ripple sold XRP as illegal securities.

On the other hand, the worst performers included decentralized storage protocols Arweave (AR) and Dfinity (ICP). Meanwhile, Cosmos (ATOM) saw the total value locked in the CosmosHub smart contract drop by 82% to $1.2 million.

Lastly, Solana (SOL) continued to reflect the negative sentiment directly connected to the Wormhole token bridge smart contract that was exploited on Feb. 2. The $321 million wrapped Ethereum hack was the largest loss so far in 2022.

Tether premium reflects low retail demand

The OKEx Tether (USDT) premium measures the difference between China-based peer-to-peer (P2P) trades and the official U.S. dollar currency. Excessive cryptocurrency retail demand tends to pressure the…



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