This week was nothing short of eventful from all ends of the spectrum. The market went through considerable volatility, fortunately – it was to the upside for the most part. One of the most popular NFT series – Azuki – also airdropped additional NFTs to its holders while the anticipation and hype more or less doubled its value. All this while Axie Infinity’s Ronin bridge was exploited for some $600 million in what can easily be the largest crypto hack ever. Let’s unpack.
Bitcoin was trading at around $44K this time last week, but it didn’t take a lot for the cryptocurrency to start moving higher. By Monday evening, the price had already increased to almost $48,000, where it consolidated for a few days. Market participants were unable to move BTC in either direction. All that changed on Thursday, but unfortunately, the bears took over and pushed the price back towards $45,000 – where it’s currently trading.
The rest of the market followed in Bitcoin’s footsteps with certain obvious exceptions. Ethereum is up about 8%, BNB – about 5%, AVAX – 8%. Solana managed to increase by a whopping 26% on news of OpenSea integration, whereas LUNA is up 10.9% as Do Kwon doesn’t seem keen on halting the Bitcoin buys.
Meanwhile, Axie Infinity’s Ronin bridge got exploited for a whopping $600 million. The leader of Axie Infinity’s Kapital DAO – Sam Peurifoy – even suggested that they might sell some of its equity to raise the funds necessary to reimburse all the users.
Stepping into the realm of NFTs this week, it was the Azuki collection that stole the show and outperformed all others in terms of both floor price increase and overall volume. This is because the team airdropped the Something Official collection to Azuki holders. It currently has a floor value of 4.3 ETH worth over $13K.
All in all, it was a very busy and eventful week, and it’s particularly exciting to see how the next seven days will come to be.
Market Cap: $2,200B | 24H Vol: $154B | BTC Dominance: 39.3%
BTC: $45,414 (+3.4%) | ETH: $3,344 (+7.7%) | ADA: $1.14 (+10.6%)
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