ADA was trading at $2.67 at 10:53 UTC, representing a 7.6% drop on a 24-hour basis, and SOL was nursing a 13% loss at $68, according to data source Messari. ADA debuted on Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges today. Earlier this month, Sebastien Guillemot, CTO at dcSpark and a former executive of Cardano-founding entity EMURGO, hailed ADA's entry to Japan as being similar to a listing on Coinbase, the U.S.-based, Nasdaq-listed crypto exchange and institutions' preferred avenue to accumulate bitcoin.
According to analytics platform Laevitas, alternative cryptocurrencies were looking ripe for a pullback as holding long positions in many of the coins had become too costly. "Paying over 100% annualized for longs can't be sustained forever," Laevitas tweeted, adding that the price drop looks like a healthy correction.
Some of the coins like ADA and SOL looked overbought, having recently rallied to record highs and outperformed bitcoin by a significant margin. For instance, ADA had rallied 187% and SOL 272% in the past four weeks, more than twice as much as bitcoin's 70%.
"The duo of Cardano (ADA) and Solana (SOL) has seen a meteoric rise in price and valuation lately, with both printing new all-time highs at $2.97 and $81.81 respectively," Pavel Shkitin, CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange Nominex.io said. "Despite the superiority in both tokens' technologies, the surge in the past days is somewhat unprecedented, and the current reversal is an expected reaction."
James Wo, founder, and CEO of the Digital Finance Group said it is normal for investors to reduce exposure and take profits to enter at a lower price since we've seen the market signal that a short-term top was reached.
Similar dynamics were observable in Ethereum's ether token. According to blockchain analytics firm Santiment, exchanges received 779,880 ETH on Monday, the most since June 21st. "Judging by on-chain data, it might be a whale possibly looking to take some profits," Santiment said in a research note published Tuesday.
Analysts remain confident of major cryptocurrencies' long-term prospects. Laurent Kssis, managing director of exchange-traded products at 21Shares, foresees a return of institutional demand to the bitcoin market after Friday's Jackson Hole Symposium.
Nominex.io's Shkitin expects the so-called Ethereum killers ADA and SOL to regain their upward trajectory. "With what Cardano, through its forthcoming Alonzo upgrade, is set to usher in and Solana’s blooming fundamentals, these price drops are at best temporary, and a reversal is imminent in the near to mid-term," he said.