Chainlink Attracts More Long-Term Holders as Its Network Expands

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Chainlink’s network continues to grow despite the financial havoc caused by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Different technical indexes show that this altcoin could still go through a bearish impulse before continuing its uptrend.

The Chainlink Network Grows

Throughout the year Chainlink has been characterized for its high levels of volatility. Since January, the decentralized oracle service surged over 1.9x reaching an all-time high of nearly $5 in early March.

Nonetheless, as the global financial meltdown intensified, investors rushed to exchanges to profit from the substantial price increase and to protect their capital from adverse market conditions.

The sell-off saw LINK take a 70% nosedive pushing its price down to $1.5 only nine days after the peak.

Despite the massive drop, Chainlink has been able to recover a big portion of the losses incurred and is currently hovering around $3. In addition, on-chain metrics reveal that its network continues to grow regardless of the global economic turmoil.

IntoTheBlock’s “Daily Active Addresses” model reveals that Chainlink is going through a steady increase in the number of new addresses being created on the network.  Network growth continues to reach higher highs each month.

In February, there was a spike of over 2,000 new addresses created in a single day while in March it crossed the 2,500 mark. This fundamental metric seems to be heading to similar heights as it is currently hanging around 2,000 new addresses per day.

Chainlink’s Daily Active Addresses by IntoTheBlock

Moreover, the number of addresses that have held the token from one to twelve months, which IntoTheBlock defines as “cruisers,” is increasing with a linear behavior.

The data firm maintains that such a parabolic rise can be interpreted as a good sign of faith and trust that investors have shown for this project.

Chainlink's Cruisers by IntoTheBlock
Chainlink’s Cruisers by IntoTheBlock

Although these on-chain fundamentals show that Chainlink’s network is growing strong through the current uncertain financial environment, multiple technical indicators estimate that a retracement is underway.

Bearish Momentum on Chainlink’s Horizon

The TD sequential indicator is currently presenting a sell signal in the form of a green nine candlestick on LINK’s 12-hour chart. This bearish formation forecasts a one to four candlesticks correction before the continuation of the uptrend.

A spike in the selling pressure behind this altcoin in combination with a red two candlestick trading below a preceding red one candlestick could serve as confirmation of the pessimistic outlook.

Chainlink US dollar price chart
LINK/USD on TradingView

Additionally, a candlestick close below the 200-twelve-hour moving average could trigger an increase in supply that sends Chainlink to look for support around the 50-twelve-hour moving average. This support barrier is currently sitting around $2.5.

Chainlink US dollar price chart
LINK/USD on TradingView

Overall Sentiment

Putting aside the high probability of the above-mentioned bearish impulse, the fact that the network continues to grow shows that user adoption is increasing over time.

Brian Quinlivan, Market and Social Media Director at Santiment, believes that network growth is one of the most accurate price “foreshadowers.”

Quinlivan argues that network growth usually leads to price appreciation while declining network growth in most cases indicates a price drop.

Under this premise, the bearish momentum that LINK could go through may represent an opportunity to let sidelined investors back into the market, subsequently, pushing its price back up. Nevertheless, market participants must pay attention to how the global pandemic continues to evolve since it could severely impact the inflow of capital in the crypto market.

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