Chainlink leads the market with 61% weekly gain — What’s driving LINK price?

Cryptocurrency

The Chainlink’s (LINK) token surged by a substantial 61.3% from Oct. 20 to Oct. 25, reaching a peak of $11.78 and marking its highest point since May 2022. LINK price then stabilized around $10.50, prompting investors to question the sustainability of this new price level.

Chainlink (LINK) token price, 12-hour, USD. Source: TradingView

It’s worth noting that this surge coincided with Bitcoin’s (BTC) 23% gain during the same period. However, LINK’s performance stands out in comparison to Ether’s (ETH) 14% increase and Solana’s (SOL) 28% rally, suggesting increased bullish sentiment toward Chainlink’s leading oracle and decentralized computing solutions.

Chainlink partnerships and integrations back the rally

Several recent developments have contributed to LINK’s outperformance of its peers. Notably, the announcement of Chainlink’s upcoming native staking upgrade set for release in the next couple of months garnered significant attention. The initial staking pool was a resounding success, filling up in less than three hours, and the planned expansion promises greater flexibility through staking withdrawals, improved security guarantees, and dynamic rewards.

Additionally, Chainlink’s integration into various blockchain networks has fueled optimism among LINK investors. For instance, on Oct. 15, Chainlink revealed its provision of services to Advanced Crypto Strategies DAO, a multi-chain yield optimizer and automated liquidity manager, and Equilibria, a yield booster for Pendle Finance.

By Oct. 22, Chainlink services had been integrated into Cobo Global, an institutional-grade digital custody solution, StaFi Protocol’s liquid staking solution for Proof-of-Stake chains, Ethereum’s on-chain derivatives platform Thales Market, and Xena Finance, which offers 50x perpetual futures on Coinbase’s Base chain.

On Oct. 24, telecom giant Vodafone made a significant announcement, revealing its digital asset arm’s involvement in the Chainlink network as a node operator. This came after completing a proof-of-concept with the Japanese trading and investment company Sumitomo for the exchange of trade documents across platforms.

FTX and Alameda Research bankruptcy liquidation fear dissipates

The price of LINK came under pressure following the Delaware Bankruptcy Court’s approval of the sale of FTX and Alameda Research cryptocurrencies on September 13. Initially, there were concerns about the potential liquidation of $3.4 billion worth of digital assets, including LINK, which raised fears of a market crash. However, recent transfers from wallets associated with the bankruptcy estate have been gradual and had little impact on prices.

As the concerns related to the FTX and Alameda Research bankruptcy subsided and renewed interest in mid-capitalization altcoins emerged with Bitcoin’s rise above $32,000 on Oct. 23, investor interest in LINK grew. Consequently, the demand for leveraged long positions in LINK reached a three-month high, as indicated by the funding rate.

A positive funding rate indicates that longs (buyers) are seeking increased leverage, while the opposite scenario arises when shorts (sellers) require additional leverage, leading to a negative funding rate.

LINK average perpetual contracts 8-hour funding rate. Source: Coinglass

It’s worth noting that the current 0.014% 8-hour rate translates to a 0.3% cost over a seven-day period, which is not significant for traders building futures positions. Typically, when there is an imbalance driven by excessive optimism, the rate can easily exceed 1.0% per week.

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In addition, the number of active addresses in the Chainlink network has reached an 11-month high, as reported by Messari and Coinmetrics data.

Chainlink 1-day unique active addresses. Source: Messari/Coinmetrics

Interestingly, the previous peak occurred on Nov. 7, 2022, when FTX exchange issues led to a six-month high in LINK’s price at $38.32. This coincides with concerns surrounding FTX exchange’s withdrawals and apprehensions about the impact of its native token FTT following Changpeng “CZ” Zhao’s decision to liquidate Binance’s holdings of FTT the previous day.

The subsequent 30 days proved to be extremely negative for LINK’s price, with the token plummeting by 51.7% to $18.50. Nevertheless, LINK enthusiasts need not be concerned this time, given the substantial developments in its ecosystem and the promising advancements in Chainlink’s native staking solution.

This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal or investment advice. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

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