Pyth, Gnosis, ThorChain – The Reasons Behind the Current Surge

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  • After a brief shift into ‘Greed’ territory, the Fear & Greed Index has returned to ‘Neutral’ as Bitcoin and most top altcoins experience slight declines.
  • Pyth Network (PYTH) has seen a 30% increase in its token price, buoyed by its integration of traditional financial data with decentralised technology and several key developments.
  • Ethereum-based Gnosis (GNO) has also seen a notable surge, driven by its focus on DeFi and prediction markets.
  • THORChain (Rune) hasn’t reached its late 2023 highs, but its recent bullish performance could potentially be attributed to its unique offerings and resilience in the DeFi market, as K33 Research notes.

What a difference a day makes: After shifting into ‘Greed’ territory yesterday, the Fear & Greed Index has returned to ‘Neutral’ today. Bitcoin and most of the top altcoins have slightly declined after yesterday’s rally, with the exception of Ethereum, which is up 1.5% on the 24-hour timeframe. But interestingly, three altcoins seem to have found a way to go against the trend, moving upwards faster than the rest of the market.

Pyth Network

The blockchain oracle Pyth Network is experiencing a good start of the year so far, with the price of PYTH gaining 30% since January 1. The Pyth Network is a part of the growing trend of integrating traditional financial market data with decentralised technologies, with the focus to enhance transparency and accessibility in the financial markets.

Pyth Network (PYTH), source: TradingView

Pyth’s success is likely fuelled by the buzz around its network with news that Filecoin just launched Pyth Feeds and the Pyth Network in turn has released LOOKS/USD price feed – LOOKS is the token of LooksRare, an Ethereum based community marketplace for NFTs.

Gnosis GNO

The Ethereum platform Gnosis (GNO) is up just over 4% in the past 24 hours but what is remarkable is the run it has had in the past few months. While lying relatively flat for much of 2022 and 2023, GNO has had a run up since October 2023 and currently trades at USD $231 (AUD $351), a sharp increase from the USD $112 (AUD $158) it was this time last year.

Gnosis (GNO), all-time graph, source: CoinMarketCap

The decentralised platform, which is built on the Ethereum blockchain, focuses on creating new market mechanisms for decentralised finance (DeFi) and prediction markets. GNO is one of the best performers when it comes to TVL, or total value locked. TVL is an indicator of the health and growth of DeFi platforms but it should not be the sole metric for assessing an investment. Nevertheless, Gnosis ranks amongst the top layer-2 blockchains measured in TVL.

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THORChain (Rune)

THORChain (Rune) has had another great week, gaining 18% week-on-week but has yet to return to its highs from late 2023. The decentralised protocol enables cross-blockchain exchange of cryptocurrencies without a central authority, promoting secure and seamless decentralised trading of various digital assets.

THORChain (Rune), 7-day graph, source: CoinMarketCap

K33 Research noted in a recent report that DeFi protocols require unique offerings to endure market cycles, highlighting that despite limited user growth among most, some like THORChain rebound from challenges, achieving record volumes in recent quarters. Much of this could be the reason for RUNE’s recent bullish performance.

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. His focus is on decentralised finance and the regulatory space surrounding blockchain. He holds a Master's in Accounting. When he is not studying the latest legal case, he enjoys his time as a modest but eager hobby cook.

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