The lawsuit triggered a 42.5% drop in ADA’s price from $0.37 to a two-year low at $0.21 within a few days after SEC’s lawsuit.
Additionally, the token faced further downside selling pressure due to delisting on U.S.-based trading apps Robinhood and eToro.
However, under the hood, the network has been making progress with an uptick in DeFi activity after a scalability upgrade in May.
The technical and on-chain analysis of the token also shows potential for a positive recovery.
Cardano’s DeFi ecosystem is blooming
Over the years, Cardano has come under some criticism for continued delays and network updates.
Cardano’s founder, Charles Hoskinson, attributed these setbacks to “betting on the wrong technology and being a bit ambitious with the roadmap“ in an interview with Cointelegraph, acknowledging that 85% of the initial roadmap has been completed.
Nevertheless, the network recorded an uptick in activity after the implementation of long-waited scalability upgrade Hydra launched in the first week of May 2023.
The total fees paid on Cardano surged to a one-year after the upgrade, before collapsing amid SEC’s lawsuit. However, the activity has been on a consistent uptrend over the last few weeks.
The total ADA deposited in DeFi application on Cardano has risen strongly, reaching two times its peak value during the bull market of 2021, per DeFiLlama data. The trading volumes on Cardano DEXs has also recorded a major uptick since May’s Hydra upgrade.
Hydra is a layer-2 scaling solution that is designed to increase the throughput and scalability of the Cardano blockchain by processing transactions on a sidechain.
Additionally, a Jarvis Labs report found ADA is one of the “decentralized L1s out there” based on the Nakamoto coefficient, which measures the minimum number of entities that collectively control 33.33% of all coins staked in the network.
A higher degree of decentralization will act in Cardano’s favor in deciding whether or not it is a security in the U.S.
Pseudonymous analyst Kodi from Jarvis Labs wrote in the report, “Cardano’s not dead, but very much alive, kicking, and ready to throw down in the next bull run.”
ADA price analysis
On-chain analytics firm Santiment recorded “high amount of sales at lower prices” in the first week of July as prices rebounded toward $0.30 resistance level.
Santiment analysts added that the levels of profit booking exhibited oversold conditions, “making the chances of bounces increase.”
The funding rate data for perpetual swap contracts from Coinglass shows that most traders held short positions on ADA, betting on a downturn after the regulatory crackdown. The massive sell-offs and negative sentiment can give rise to a contrarian price rally in the short to medium term.
Technically, The ADA/USD pair has formed higher lows after bottoming at around $0.21 in June, suggesting that buyers are scooping the token on dips. A confirmation of the positive trend will come if buyers are able to flip the horizontal resistance level at $0.30 into support.
The ADA/BTC pair shows signs of potential bottom as its weekly Relative Strength Index indicator falls into oversold category and the pair tests long-term support and resistance level of 0.00000956 BTC.
If buyers are successful, the pair looks primed for a 60% price surge toward 0.00001548 BTC support.
ADA has been facing headwinds due to the SEC’s lawsuit, delistings from U.S. based trading apps like Robinhood and negative sentiments, but there are signs that the network is still making progress. If the technicals continue to improve supported by on-chain growth, ADA could be poised for a positive recovery in the future.
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