Cardano Price Prediction: ADA Sticks Close to 50DMA at $0.49 as Traders Await Macro Events/Vasil Announcement

Joel Frank
Updated: Jul 25, 2022, 13:07 GMT+00:00

Cardano is changing hands just under $0.50 and near its 50DMA ahead of a big week for the cryptocurrency.


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Key Points

  • Cardano has pulled back under $0.50 after a weekend rally to the $0.53s, but remains above its 50DMA.
  • As of Sunday, Cardano’s network had gone 1,760 days without an outage, in stark contrast to some of its rivals.
  • ADA could be choppy this week given anticipation about the upcoming Vasil hard fork.

The native token to Cardano’s blockchain ADA has faded back from a weekend rally as high as the mid-$0.53s and was last trading just below the $0.50 mark, down about 3.5% on the day and over 6.5% in the last 24 hours. The cryptocurrency is for now holding to the north of its 50-Day Moving Average near $0.49.

ADA continues to trade well within the $0.47 to $0.55 ish range that has been established over the past seven or so sessions. Rangebound trading conditions aren’t too surprising given upcoming key macro risk events this week, as well as uncertainty about whether or not Cardano’s Vasil upgrade will go ahead this week and are reflective of the price action in other major cryptocurrencies.

In terms of this week’s major macro events; the Fed is expected to hike interest rates by 75 bps for a second successive time on Wednesday, a day before investors find out whether or not the US has been in a technical recession in the first half of 2022 with the release of Q2 GDP growth figures. Major US companies, including tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) will also be reporting earnings which could have a substantial impact on stock market sentiment.

Looking at Cardano from a technical perspective, bulls continue to eye a test of resistance in the $0.55 area and, upon an upside break of this level, resistance closer to $0.70. Any dips back to the $0.45 region may be looked at as buying opportunities, so long as the macro story hasn’t drastically worsened.

ADA/USD bulls eye resistance areas to the upside. Source: FX Empire

Cardano Has Nearly Reached Five Years Without an Outage

As of Sunday, Cardano had gone 1,760 days without an outage, nearly five years, despite periods of intense usage, such as 2021’s crypto-mania, during which time Cardano upgraded its blockchain to support smart contract technology. That compares to Cardano competitor Solana, which is also often reffered to as an “Ethereum killer” but had already experienced 12 major outages as of the start of June. Analysts claim that Cardano’s long-term stability is one of the reasons why it is one of the most popular blockchains amongst developers.

Cardano’s Solid Fundamentals

As per a weekly report from Cardano’s developer Input Output Global (IOG) released last Friday, the number of projects building on Cardano had risen to 1,040, a new all-time high. This compares to 943 just two months ago, desite the ongoing so-called “crypto winter” hanging over the industry.

Moreover, the number of Non-fungible Token (NFT) projects running on the Cardano blockchain had risen to over 6,300, while the number of native tokens issued on the Cardano blockchain was up to 5.5 million. Both also hit new record highs and were up from 5,656 and 4.8 million two months ago.

According to rankings put out by crypto analytics firm Santiment last week, Cardano saw the highest development activity in the last 30 days, beating the likes of Ethereum, Polkadot and Polkadot’s test experimental network Kusama. Santiment gave Cardano a developer activity score of 387.33, Polkadot and Kusama scores of 281.97 and Ethereum a score of 274.87.

Vasil Hard Fork To Boost ADA?

In late June, IOG delayed the implementation of the Vasil hard fork on Cardano’s main blockchain for at least one month. Thus, if things go to plan, the upgrade could be implemented as soon as this week. “The node, ledger, and consensus teams… continue testing Vasil functionality (and) working closely with DApps and projects building on Cardano”, IOG said in its weekly report last Friday.

Analysts think that a successful transition could deliver a significant boost to the price of Cardano’s ADA token. Bulls will be hoping that ADA can rally as ETH did upon the announcement of a date for the so-called “Merge” to Ethereum 2.0.

Cardano’s developers say that the upcoming upgrade is the most complex program of development and integration on Cardano since its Alonzo hardfork added smart contract functionality to the blockchain back in September 2021. The Vasil hardfork aims to improve the network’s speed and scalability by reducing transaction size and, as a result, increasing the network’s throughput whilst also lowering transaction fees on the network.

Experts responding to a recent survey were split over how the upcoming Vasil hardfork will impact Cardano. 20% said it would positively impact ADA’s price, 18% said it would have an adverse effect, while 50% said it would increase the functionality of the Cardano blockchain.

Another Hard Fork Delay?

One Twitter user and Cardano builder on Thursday outlined a few reasons why he thinks the upgrade will not take place by the end of July month. However, he said another delay would be “no big deal, since our (Cardano’s) credo (credibility) is to do things right instead of fast, and I for one am supporting this 100%”.

Nonetheless, when the delay to the Vasil upgrade was announced at the end of June, ADA’s price did fall at the time. Thus, a delay could pose some short-term risk for the cryptocurrency that short-term traders should be aware of.

About the Author

Joel Frank is an economics graduate from the University of Birmingham and has worked as a full-time financial market analyst since 2018. Joel specialises in the coverage of FX, equity, bond, commodity and crypto markets from both a fundamental and technical perspective.

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