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Lido DAO Price Pumps 42% In A Week Ahead of Much-Awaited Ethereum Shanghai Upgrade

Lido DAO price analysis
Lido DAO price analysis

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Lido DAO price surges another 7.5% in 24 hours, bringing the total cumulative gains in the last seven days to slightly above 42%. The decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) token, which supports the staking of multiple assets, is trading at $1.35 at the time of writing, although it recently hit a three-week high of $1.45.

Investor interest in LIDO is growing by the day, bolstered by continued community engagement via channels like Twitter. According to the latest report from Lido Finance, staking deposits for Ethereum (ETH) grew by 0.21% to 4,637,760 in the seven days ending January 2.

(1) Lido on Twitter: “⚡️ Lido Deposits Ethereum: 4,637,760 ETH (7d: +0.21%) Polygon: 58,025,885 MATIC (7d: +3.32%) Solana: 2,335,230 SOL (7d: -6.13%) Polkadot: 2,522,827 DOT (7d: +1.89%) Kusama: 99,290 KSM (7d: +0.38%) https://t.co/zQw07WF6Se” / Twitter

Staking despots for Polygon (MATIC) went up 3.32% to 58,025,885 in the same period. Staking deposits for Solana (SOL) fell by -6.13% to 2,335,230, while deposits in Polkadot (DOT) increased by 1.89% to 2,522,827.

Lido DAO staking deposits stats
Lido DAO staking deposits stats

Lido DAO Price Sustains Winning Streak Ahead of the Ethereum Shanghai Upgrade

Governance tokens like Lido DAO, SWISE and RPL exploded this week despite Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) staying relatively unchanged. The uptick in the price of tokens that allow investors to retain the liquidity of their assets despite being locked (staked) in a smart contract started after Ethereum developers announced their commitment to enabling withdrawals of ETH staked in the Beacon Chain since December 2020.

“Most recently, liquid staking derivatives [tokens] have had a nice uptrend. This is thanks to the Shanghai upgrade expected in a few months, which will enable withdrawals of staked ETH. As withdrawals are enabled, many believe more users will stake their ETH,” CroissantEth, a pseudonymous analyst said via Twitter.

Staking refers to the process of locking up crypto assets in a smart contract to support network development; in return, investors earn rewards. The term can loosely be compared to investing in a fixed-income security like a government bond.

Liquid staking platforms like Lido DAO allow investors to access the staked value, including the rewards earned via a derivative token, representing the claim on the assets. Users can then utilize this derivative token to generate more revenue elsewhere in the market.

The release of Ethereum staked in the Beacon chain will encourage other investors to lock up their assets. Since Liquid staking platforms make up 40% of all the staked Ether, their popularity is bound to grow.

Data from Messari, a crypto analytics platform, reveals that Ethereum has the lowest ratio in the Layer-1 asset class at 14%. In other words, there is a lot of room for growth in Ethereum’s staking rate relative to the total supply.

(1) David Alexander II on Twitter: “Quick 🧵on the Shanghai upgrade and $ETH staking: As withdrawals on staked $ETH now have a tentative release date, this has led to increased staking activity – the highest monthly volume since April. However, this upgrade also has many implications for staking providers ⬇️ https://t.co/A8UuSuikai” / Twitter

Lido DAO is now at the helm of the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector after displacing major platforms like MakerDAO and AAVE based on data from DefiLlama.

DeFi TVL | DefiLlama
DeFi TVL | DefiLlama

Lido DAO Price Stalls Ahead of Another Breakout

Lido DAO price has retreated to exchange hands at $1.35 after failing to clear resistance provided by the 200-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) (in purple) at $1.35. Profit booking could drive the pullback, but more buyers are expected to scoop up a lower-priced LDO.

The bullish outlook in Lido DAO is still intact according to the position of the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator above the mean line. Similarly, a buy signal confirmed at the beginning of the year implies bulls have the upper hand.

LDO/USD daily chart
LDO/USD daily chart

Lido DAO price rally will likely continue to $2.40, a 108% falling wedge pattern’s breakout target. This bullish pattern often marks the end of a substantial downtrend. Traders who fired up their buy orders above the upper trend line saw their positions immediately turn profitable and might be cashing out amid the ongoing retracement.

It is worth remembering that the 108% target equals the distance between the widest points of the wedge extrapolated above the breakout point. Traders should wait until LDO closes the bearish candle and starts printing another green candle before entering new buy orders. A break above the 200-day EMA would affirm a strong bullish grip on the price. Key resistance levels to keep in mind are $1.70, $2.10 and $3.10, respectively.

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