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$3 billion drains from Solana in a day; What’s happening?

source-logo  finbold.com 21 February 2024 14:27, UTC

As the majority of assets in the cryptocurrency sector start to reverse the exceptionally bullish gains from previous weeks, some are correcting faster and more intensely than others, including Solana (SOL), which has lost over $3 billion from its market capitalization in a single day.

Specifically, Solana’s market cap has declined by over 6% in the last 24 hours, having dropped from $48.58 billion to $45.54 billion during this time, which represents a loss of $3.04 billion to its market value, as per data obtained from the crypto analytics platform CoinMarketCapon February 21.

Solana price analysis

In the meantime, the price of Solana has dropped 6.07% in the past 24 hours, adding up to the loss of 10.78% across the last seven days, but nonetheless still clinging to the 16.94% total gain accumulated over the previous month, and currently trading at $103.41.

Why is Solana declining?

Notably, the bearish streak coincides with the general change in sentiment across the wider crypto market, which seems to have enough impact to counter the positive developments for Solana, including its decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem surpassing $2 billion for the first time since June 2022.

Indeed, the total value locked in DeFi projects on the Solana network briefly crossed the $2 billion threshold on February 20, with the current value staked on it standing at $1.98 billion, according to the most recent information retrieved from the DeFi analytics platform Defi Llama on February 21.

On top of that, the layer 1 blockchain has announced integration with the decentralized file storage network Filecoin (FIL) to host Solana’s block history in the future, allowing the ecosystem and Solana-based projects to move away from centralized data storage solutions.


I am really excited to see this launch. Huge thanks to @Filecoin for building an awesome decentralized archive layer.

And to @triton_one, who did a ton of work to ship this!

🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/d08obtlrfl

— toly 🇺🇸 (@aeyakovenko) February 17, 2024

Upon the news, the price of Filecoin immediately started to rally and has increased 24% since the announcement, adding up to the gain of 32.77% on its weekly chart. However, Solana has failed to mimic this surge and threatens to fall further down as its relative strength index (RSI) dips below 50.

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