First Mover Americas: Liquity's Token Leaps on Binance Listing

The latest price moves in crypto markets in context for Feb. 28, 2023.

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LQTY, the native token of stablecoin lender Liquity, jumped 35% Tuesday after it was listed on crypto exchange Binance's Innovation Zone. That's a venue where users can trade new tokens that are likely to have higher volatility and pose a higher risk than other tokens, according to Binance's website. At the time of writing, LQTY was trading at a 10-month high of $1.82 as trading volume surged by 382%, according to CoinMarketCap. The token rose 45% earlier this month after a New York regulator ordered Paxos to stop minting its centralized dollar-pegged cryptocurrency BUSD. Liquity is an Ethereum-based platform that offers interest-free loans in the form of the LUSD stablecoin for users who deposit ether.

Metaverse project Gamium’s native token GMM also rose on Tuesday, surging by 340% after the project announced deals with Facebook parent Meta Platforms (META) and telecommunications firm Telefonica. Gamium will work with Meta and Telefonica on the Metaverse Activation Program, an initiative launched to help and scale Web3 startups, according to an announcement on Monday. Startups will have access to proprietary technologies provided by Meta AI, and they will also be given commercial support by both Meta and Telefonica.

Coinbase (COIN) will suspend trading of binance USD (BUSD) starting March 13 because the stablecoin doesn’t meet its listing standards, the U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange announced in a tweet Monday. “Our determination to suspend trading for BUSD is based on our own internal monitoring and review processes,” a spokesperson told CoinDesk. “When reviewing BUSD, we determined that it no longer met our listing standards and will be suspended.” The suspension affects, Coinbase Pro, Coinbase Exchange and Coinbase Prime. Users will still be able to access their BUSD funds and withdraw them at any time, Coinbase said.

Chart of the Day

Chart of the Day 02/28/2023
  • The chart shows daily inflows into bitcoin whale addresses since July 2022.
  • Large wallets have consistently accumulated coins on dips, as represented by the blue-shaded bubbles on the above chart. Since Thursday, the number of coins held in these wallets has increased by at least 21,000 BTC.
  • "We see strong conviction on display by Bitcoin whales that resemble late bear market/early bull market behavior as we continue to see large inflows into whale-style Bitcoin wallets," analysts at Bitfinex said in their latest weekly report.

- Omkar Godbole

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Lyllah Ledesma

Lyllah Ledesma is a CoinDesk Markets reporter currently based in Europe. She holds bitcoin, ether and small amounts of other crypto assets.

Omkar Godbole

Omkar Godbole is a Co-Managing Editor on CoinDesk's Markets team.

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