Cardano (ADA) has risen 93% over a seven day period leading up to Sunday.
What Happened: ADA has pushed past the psychologically important $0.50 barrier amid high buying interest from investors. Smart contract platforms are seeing increased interest in general, with Ethereum (ETH) and Polkadot (DOT) seeing similar surges.
Daniel Wolfe of Moscow-based Halycon Global Opportunities, a crypto fund, told Forbes that Cardano’s blockchain is being “built and released in stages, based on a number of design principles. It allows for economic transactions that contain more information that is important for institutional investors, corporations and regulators.”
Wolfe pointed to a co-founder of Cardano also having co-founded Ethereum (ETH) — a reference to entrepreneur and mathematician Charles Hoskinson.
The cryptocurrency’s price under a dollar has been a reason why it has also attracted investor interest, according to Forbes.
Why It Matters: Launched in December, Cardano’s third phase “Goguen” was focused on the integration of smart contracts into the blockchain.
The addition of a multi-currency ledger will also extend the usefulness of the blockchain further, as per the Cardano roadmap.
Cardano’s market cap is near touching $20 billion in market capitalization and is behind only Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum, and Tether (USDT) at the number four spot, according to CoinMarketCap data.
ADA traded at $0.6475 at press time. BTC, the apex cryptocurrency by market cap, traded 1.08% lower at $38,277.30 and 14.91% higher on a seven-day trailing basis.
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Cardano rival ETH fell 4.19% to $1,574.46 on a 24-hour basis and was up 20.67% in the seven-day period.
ADA is often touted as a so-called ETH killer.
— Card₳no Dan (@CardanoDan) February 7, 2021
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (OTC: GBTC) traded 0.21% lower at $37.88.
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