Trading volume — the amount of an asset that changed hands over a given period — is one of the key metrics that investors use to track price trends and assess the market outlook for a specific coin in terms of liquidity and trader activity.
The ranking below zooms in on the fortunes of five coins that have had the greatest increase in average daily trade volume this month compared to the month before. Most of them — although not all — emerged as massive winners in terms of their monthly returns, but the relationship between the price and trading was not always what you’d expect.
The data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro platform sheds further light how these two indicators can influence each other.
Along with multiple other quantitative metrics, trading volume is at the heart of the VORTECS
Polygon (MATIC ): +643.79%
Capitalizing on the sprawling activity in the DeFi sector and the expansion of the number of projects springing up on its platform, Polygon has had a fantastic month, conquering one all-time high (ATH) after another. The coin delivered 329% vs. USD and 456% vs. BTC alongside a 643% increase in average daily trading volume.
The trading volume dynamics faithfully followed each price uptick, reaching an impressive $11 billion on May 19. On that day, MATIC was responsible for as much as 4.5% of the crypto market’s overall trading volume.
From the look at the VORTECS
Ethereum Classic (ETC): +229.23%
A legacy chain of the original Ethereum that has been abandoned by much of the community in the wake of the 2016 the DAO heist, ETC has a small but enthusiastic fanbase and a reputation of a network lacking security.
Observers are divided on what exactly triggered ETC’s 300% price run, closely followed by surging trading volume, in the first week of May. Opinions range from users suddenly seeking cheaper alternatives to the main Ethereum network to new investors mistaking the coin for its better-known cousin.
At any rate, at the height of its May 6 rally, ETC commanded a shocking 15.9% of the crypto market’s overall trading volume — not too bad for a coin that has risen from years of oblivion.
Going by the VORTECS
Telcoin (TEL): +507.8%
Telcoin, a global remittance platform whose token appreciated by 437% against USD and 600% vs. Bitcoin over the past month, owes at least some of its success to Polygon’s fiery run. The likely reason behind TEL’s surge in early May has been a layer-2 migration to the lower-fee Polygon network and the token’s subsequent listing on QuickSwap that opened attractive terms for liquidity providers.
As visible in the graph, it was the QuickSwap moment that produced the greatest increase in TEL’s trading volume rather than the even bigger price hike that followed a few days after.
It was the same surge in trading activity between May 2 and 8 that the VORTECS
iExec RLC (RLC): +1,153.62%
RLC, the native token of cloud computing platform iExec, demonstrated the greatest month-to-month growth in average daily trading volume, adding an astounding 1,153% compared to the previous 30-day period. The coin’s price began picking up following the May 4 announcement of a Coinbase Pro listing and was boosted even more by a cascade of further exchange listings, big-name partnerships and collaborations, as well as the announcement of a developer rewards program. Over the month, RLC delivered 200% gains against USD and almost 300% against Bitcoin.
As the chart supplied by data analytics firm The TIE suggests, on May 8 and early May 9 the trading volume indicator mirrored the steeply upward price movement with a few hours’ lag. The two lines then effectively merged, indicating that further increase in trading volume was no longer driven solely by price action, but began responding to the news and heightening sentiment around the coin independently.
As visible in the graph, RLC’s VORTECS
In summary, RLC’s run this month did not have clear historical precedents in terms of market and social activity regularities that VORTECS
OKB Token: +253.28%
The average daily trading volume of the OKEx exchange token, OKB, grew by more than 250% this month. However, this fact did not translate to a corresponding increase in the utility token’s price: Over the same 30 days, OKB lost 18.76% against USD and gained a mere 4.89% against the beleaguered Bitcoin.
A look at the token’s price vs. trading volume chart offers some explanation of this discrepancy. While trading volume largely mirrored price movement in the first half of the month, the two starkly diverged around May 19 and 20, around the time of the market-wide slump. As the price declined, the trading volume shot up.
This key to this seemingly paradoxical dynamic lies in the nature of the asset. In a bid to keep the value of the token high, every three months OKEx reduces OKB supply by buying back burning a few million coins. As the current burning period is set to expire at the end of May, some traders likely wagered on OKB staying afloat thanks to the guaranteed buyback liquidity when other digital assets were in a tailspin. Indeed, a surge in trading volume did support a brief rebound, yet it could only be sustained for a couple of days before the asset began sliding down again.
Note how the VORTECS
Any single metric describing an asset’s market outlook can be uninformative or even misleading on its own, yet it becomes exponentially more useful when contextualized within the recurring patterns of the VORTECS
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