Why is Solana (SOL) price up this week?


Solana’s native token (SOL) made significant gains of 5.5% on Nov. 28, trading at $58. This increase followed a retest of the $54 support level on Nov. 27. While some attribute SOL’s rise to the broader cryptocurrency market’s performance amid a deteriorating macroeconomic environment, the Solana network and its ecosystem have also played a crucial role in driving the price upswing.

U.S. Dollar Strength Index (DXY). Source: TradingView

On Nov. 28, the U.S. Dollar Strength Index (DXY), which measures the U.S. dollar against major fiat currencies, hit a three-month low. Investors are increasingly betting that the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) will cease raising interest rates, exerting downward pressure on the domestic currency. This sentiment has led fixed-income investors to seek higher yields abroad, resulting in selling pressure on the U.S. dollar.

Additionally, the price of gold surged by 1.5% to $2,043, reaching a six-month high, as U.S. Treasury yields declined. With the Fed signaling a forthcoming decline in interest rates, fixed-income investments are expected to yield lower returns. This has created an environment conducive to risk-taking and hedging positions, especially if inflation remains above the long-term target of 2%, favoring both gold and cryptocurrencies.

Solana’s gains can be explained by its competitive advantage

SOL’s momentum has surged, particularly as it competes with Ethereum (ETH), which is grappling with high transaction fees averaging above $7 per transaction over the past two weeks. In contrast, the average non-voting transaction on Solana costs only $0.003, making it a more favorable choice for various applications, including gaming, social networks, gambling, NFT launches, and collectibles.

Top blockchains by DApps activity, 7-day change. Source: DappRadar

During the past seven days, Solana saw a 10% increase in active addresses and a 9% rise in decentralized application (DApp) volume, while Ethereum faced a 21% decrease in volume. Additionally, the second-ranking BNB Chain experienced a 2% drop in volume. As a result, Solana emerged as the top-performing blockchain among the top 10 in terms of DApp activity gains.

Furthermore, Solana’s NFT activity surged by 35% in the past week, amounting to $24.5 million in sales, as reported by CryptoSlam. Despite the overall decline of 34% in global NFT volumes across all blockchains, Solana witnessed a 90% increase in the number of unique buyers during the same period. Notable highlights among Solana’s NFT markets included the Mad Lads, Tensorians and Claynosaurz collections.

Challenges include FTX and the lack of open-source projects

In September, SOL’s price faced downward pressure as investors worried about a potential sell-off resulting from the liquidation of FTX bankruptcy assets, which included over $600 million worth of SOL tokens. However, these concerns eased when it became apparent that most of these assets were locked up in vesting periods or staking, and the FTX estate’s digital asset sales were initially limited to $100 million per week, excluding Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether.

Moreover, a significant shift occurred within the Solana ecosystem as Code, a Solana-based crypto wallet, adopted the MIT License for its entire codebase. This open-source approach allows users to freely copy, modify, and distribute the code without restrictions. Code was founded by the same team behind the Canadian messaging app Kik.

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In short, while favorable macroeconomic conditions have contributed to the recent surge in SOL token value, it is crucial to recognize that increased activity in Solana’s NFT and DApps has played a significant role. In contrast to competitors grappling with high transaction costs and regulatory uncertainties, Solana is well-positioned for continued growth.

With the network boasting over 40,000 active addresses in the top six DApps over the last seven days, including Rarible, Jupiter Exchange, MeanFi, Raydium, and Magic Eden, SOL may have the potential to surpass its Nov. 16 high of $65, representing a $27.5 billion capitalization. In comparison, only two DApps on Ethereum, Uniswap and the newly launched Blast, achieved similar levels of activity during the same period.