Chainlink’s (LINK) token has experienced a remarkable 26% surge between Nov. 2 and Nov. 8, approaching $14, a level not seen since April 2022. This solidified its position as the 10th largest cryptocurrency (excluding stablecoins) by market capitalization.
While the price action is a welcome sight for traders, is Chainlink’s current valuation of $8.1 billion justified? Cointelegraph research shows that the impressive price surge is driven by expectations of real-world asset (RWA) tokenization and initial signs of institutional adoption. However, let’s delve deeper to assess the sustainability of the current rally.
Spot Bitcoin ETF expectations and real world asset tokenization boost sentiment
Bloomberg’s ETF strategists, James Seyffart and Eric Balhunas, issued a research note on Nov. 8, which has boosted the confidence of cryptocurrency traders.
New Research note from me today. We still believe 90% chance by Jan 10 for spot #Bitcoin ETF approvals. But if it comes earlier we are entering a window where a wave of approval orders for all the current applicants *COULD* occur pic.twitter.com/u6dBva1ytD
— James Seyffart (@JSeyff) November 8, 2023
In their note, they explain that the window for approving a Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund is set to open on Nov. 9, as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission concludes its latest round of postponements.
Seyffart maintains a 90% likelihood of approval, but cautions that the regulator’s final decision may be delayed until mid-January.
Altcoins have also seen notable price increases in the past seven days, with Trust Wallet Token (TWT) surging by 41%, Immutable X (IMX) by 29%, and NEO by 28%. LINK’s appreciation is indicative of the positive sentiment towards altcoins, particularly following Bitcoin’s (BTC) apparent stagnation around the $35,500 mark.
Within the Chainlink’s ecosystem several positive developments have contributed to the LINK’s recent performance.
On Nov. 7, Vodafone, a major European and North Africa-based telecom company, officially launched its partnership with the Japanese financial conglomerate Sumitomo Corporation, utilizing Chainlink oracles to facilitate transactions and offer diverse applications, including electric vehicle charging stations and toll roads.
This digital platform, known as Pairpoint, enables vehicles and devices to autonomously interact and trade in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) landscape. Pairpoint leverages Vodafone’s existing digital assets platform and has full integration with partners such as MasterCard, HSBC, Deloitte, and IBM.
Apart from IoT, a broader trend appears to be favoring Chainlink’s oracle solution. RWA tokenization is poised to become mainstream, as evidenced by HSBC’s launch of custody services for regulated securities on Nov. 8.
HSBC’s Zhu Kuang Lee has noted the increasing demand for custody and fund administration of digital assets from asset managers and owners. HSBC’s press release indicates that the custody service will complement its HSBC Orion platform for issuing digital assets and a recently introduced tokenized gold offering. It’s also worth mentioning that HSBC manages approximately $3 trillion in assets globally.
Professional traders’ increased demand for LINK token
Despite the promising future prospects, traders are questioning whether there have been substantial institutional inflows into Chainlink to support the 26% rally in just six days. Unfortunately, there is no foolproof metric to gauge this, but Grayscale’s Chainlink Trust (GLNK) presents an optimistic perspective, despite its relatively modest $3.9 million in assets under management.
This over-the-counter instrument is traded through regular stock market brokers, making it accessible to asset managers who cannot directly invest in cryptocurrencies. Notably, GLNK’s price is trading at a 320% premium compared to the proportional underlying LINK token holdings held by the fund, indicating robust buying demand.
Further fueling Chainlink’s impressive gains is the listing of LINK on the HashKey exchange, a licensed trading platform catering to professional investors in Hong Kong. Although it launched in August 2023, the exchange is affiliated with the same group behind HashKey Capital, a prominent digital asset venture investment firm founded in 2015.
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From an on-chain metrics perspective, Chainlink’s price surge is supported by increased network activity.
Notably, the most recent peak occurred on Nov. 7, 2022, coinciding with issues at the now-defunct FTX exchange. Excluding this specific instance, the current two-day average of 7,700 daily Chainlink transactions is the highest since June 2021.
While some valid criticisms have been raised regarding Chainlink’s excessive centralization, its oracle dominance remains unchallenged. Consequently, any tailwind for the RWA market should likely have a positive impact on LINK’s price, paving the way for further price hikes above $14.
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