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Solana (SOL) has undeniably emerged as a standout performer in the recent cryptocurrency landscape, showcasing a remarkable surge in value that has captured the attention of market participants.
Its extraordinary performance, marked by substantial gains, has propelled Solana beyond the ranks of other leading cryptocurrencies, securing a coveted position among the top five by market capitalization.
The impressive rally of Solana stands as a testament to the blockchain’s underlying strength and the growing confidence of investors in its capabilities.
This bullish momentum has not only allowed SOL to outshine some of the traditionally dominant cryptocurrencies but has also affirmed its relevance and potential within the broader digital asset ecosystem.
The daily user activity on Solana has increased as a result of this outstanding performance. As the year’s final quarter draws to a close, the most recent statistics reveals a noteworthy growth of about 400%. According to a recent study by on-chain data company Messari, this far outpaced Ethereum’s pitiful 3% gain.
The research firm claims that several protocols located within the Layer 1 (L1) blockchain network have completed a series of token airdrops, which is what is responsible for the recent rise in new demand for Solana.
On December 16th, the trading volume of decentralized exchanges (DEX) on Solana temporarily surpassed that of Ethereum for the first time. This occurred as the smart-contract-enabled blockchain ecosystem continued to expand.
Solana currently trading at $76.7377K territory. Chart: TradingView.com
According to data from DeFillama, Ethereum’s trading volume during that time was only $1.164 billion, whereas the trading volume of DEXs on the blockchain surpassed $1.5 billion.
One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, Bitfinex, recently tweeted about Solana’s expansion. The tweet claims that in the previous three months alone, SOL’s price has increased by more than 340%.
— Bitfinex (@bitfinex) December 18, 2023
Three months later, the token’s value had increased to $67.94 from $19.80 at the start of its bull surge.
As this developed, Jupiter, one of the biggest decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols on Solana and a swap aggregator, revealed that its much awaited 4 billion JUP token airdrop would happen in January.
$SOL is on a tear.
For the first time since 2021, the SOL/ETH price ratio saw a strong reversal as the Solana network recovers from the devastating collapse of FTX. pic.twitter.com/hAlCC23Yq0
— Kaiko (@KaikoData) December 19, 2023
Meanwhile, data analytics provider Kaiko said Solana is seeing a sharp increase in price, and the price ratio of SOL to ETH is strongly reversing.
The Solana (SOL) to Ethereum (ETH) ratio is close to 0.04, according to a post on X published on December 19. Prior highs were around 0.06 in 2021 and lows were at 0.01 in early 2023.
At the time of writing, the price of SOL is currently trading at $77.40, up 3.5% over the last day and rallying 17% over the last week, data from CoinMarketCap shows.
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