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Polygon (MATIC) Price Forecast: Evaluating the Likelihood of a Recovery to $1

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In Brief

  • Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal has hinted at a Polygon zkEVM Airdrop. 
  • The number of Active Users on the Polygon (MATIC) network is rising again after a drop-off in early May.  
  • Investors have staked another 37 million MATIC tokens in the last 7 days alone.
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Polygon (MATIC) price is down 10% in May 2023. But on-chain data now shows multiple signals of a potential bullish reversal toward $1. Will the upcoming airdrop be enough to validate the positive MATIC price prediction?  

On May 10, 2023, Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal made a tweet that hinted at an upcoming MATIC airdrop. Sandeep listed the Airdrop, among other ongoing deployments, to underline the adoption of the newly-launched Polygon zkEVM product. 

Since that tweet, MATIC has witnessed a considerable increase in the number of active users interacting on the network. Polygon investors seem to have recently upped the ante regarding DeFi staking, while zkEVM transactions have skyrocketed to an all-time high. 

Here’s how these three critical on-chain signals could potentially validate the potential $1 MATIC price prediction. 

Polygon Investors are Positioning for Airdrop Gains

On May 15, after a massive drop-off in early May, Polygon investors began to increase their MATIC staking activity again. This could be attributed to investors positioning to tap into the potential gains from the upcoming airdrop. 

Between May 15 and May 22, 37 million MATIC tokens (0.4% of total circulation supply) have been staked across various DeFi smart contracts.

Polygon (MATIC) Price Prediction  May 2023 - Supply in Smart Contracts.
Polygon (MATIC) Price Prediction  May 2023 – Supply in Smart Contracts. Source: Glassnode

Supply in Smart Contracts tracks the percentage of a cryptocurrencies’ circulating supply that investors have locked up in various DeFi protocols. When it starts to increase, it causes a momentary shrinkage in market supply. 

If investors continue to stake at this rate, it could cause MATIC’s price to rise rapidly as the supply reduces relative to demand. 

Polygon Has Witnessed an Influx of Users

Polygon (MATIC) blockchain has attracted increased user traction due to a flurry of new products and underlying technology enhancement. 

While the MATIC price is yet to break out, the number of users actively deploying transactions on the network has increased significantly. 

Specifically, between May 10 and May 22, the Active Addresses (7d) increased by 22% from 1.21 million to 1.47 million active addresses.  

Polygon (MATIC) Price Prediction May 2023 - Daily Active Addresses
Polygon (MATIC) Price Prediction May 2023 – Daily Active Addresses data. Source: Santiment

The Active Addresses (7d) metric takes a seven-day average of the unique wallet addresses interacting on a network. And when it begins to increase during a price downtrend, as seen above, it signals an impending price recovery. 

In summary, holders can anticipate a bullish price reversal if crypto investors continue to stake in MATIC and users remain active.

MATIC Price Forecast: Operation $1 Recovery

The bullish on-chain signals suggest MATIC could reclaim the $1 milestone in the coming days. 

However, IntoTheBlock’s IOMAP chart below shows that about 52,000 investors purchased 4.5 billion MATIC at an average price of $0.95. This can form resistance if holders decide to sell at their break-even price.

This cluster currently represents the biggest potential roadblock and a key resistance level for MATIC.

However, if there is strong bullish momentum, as predicted, it can serve as a demand zone. Since historically, $0.95 is a level where people like to buy, MATIC can break out and rally toward $1. 

Polygon (MATIC) Price Prediction - May 2023 - IOMAP data
Polygon (MATIC) Price Prediction – May 2023 – IOMAP data. Source: IntoTheBlock

Still, if the $0.95 level forms a resistance, the bears can invalidate the bullish MATIC price prediction. However, the 60,500 investors that bought 929 million at the average price of $0.80 can offer some support. 

But failure to hold that key support level could cause MATIC to drop further toward $0.73 


In line with the Trust Project guidelines, this price analysis article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered financial or investment advice. BeInCrypto is committed to accurate, unbiased reporting, but market conditions are subject to change without notice. Always conduct your own research and consult with a professional before making any financial decisions.

Ibrahim Ajibade
Ibrahim Ajibade Ademolawa is an experienced research analyst who began his career in Commercial Banking. He has worked with several Web3 startups and financial institutions...