Cardano’s ADA token surged Friday, pushing the gains this month to 112%, as the price fast approaches its all-time high.
ADA was trading at $2.84 at press time, up 12% over the past 24 hours, according to data from Messari.
The number of wallet addresses holding the asset for fewer than 30 days has increased by 10%, compared with last month, possibly a sign that fresh buyers are coming in, according to data from crypto research firm IntoTheBlock.
“With the imminent launch of Cardano’s smart contracts, ADA is experiencing a boost in short-term interest,” IntoTheBlock wrote Friday in a tweet.
Cardano’s long-awaited smart contracts feature is set to go live on Sept. 12.
“For this upside to continue, capital needs to come from somewhere,” said Denis Vinokourov, head of research at Synergia Capital.
“What I am asking is what ecosystem will capital leave to enter Cardano? Or is it going to be ‘new capital’? Who will suffer because of Cardano’s revival?” said Vinokourov. He noted that a lot of capital has gone into solona, polygon and, more recently, avalanche.
“The likes of bitcoin cash (BCH) and EOS will likely continue to underperform,” Vinokourov said. “These two behemoths are from the same era, but Cardano has managed to continue to innovate.” The chart for long-term holders – “hodlers” in crypto-speak – shows the significant growth seen in the last two months.
However, the number of hodlers hasn’t increased as quickly as the number of mid- and short-term traders, as seen in the chart below.
That is because ADA is probably a more “momentum-driven short-term play than a long-term high-conviction one,” said Lucas Outumuro, IntoTheBlock’s head of research,.
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