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NEAR Price Soars 40%: Bullish Momentum Builds, What’s Next?

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Updated by Ryan James
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In Brief

  • NEAR price noted the largest single-day rise of 38% for the first time in two and a half years.
  • The rally wiped out over $2.23 million worth of short contracts, the highest in three months.
  • Positive funding rates, as well as a boost in adoption, suggest investors are optimistic and pining for further increases.
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NEAR price rise left a bullish crater yesterday after skyrocketing on the daily chart. The impact was felt by the bears, who were expecting a decline.

What lies ahead of NEAR will likely only further hurt the bears, but they could be vindicated if the altcoin follows the path set historically.

Near Price Blasts Off

NEAR price at the time of writing could be seen trading at $5.64 after registering a 38% rally in the last 24 hours. While fruitful to many, the increase proved to be an unsettling event for the bears betting on the altcoin taking a dive following the three red candles from the previous days.

NEAR Liquidations
NEAR Liquidation | Source: Coinglass

Over $2.23 million worth of short contracts were liquidated within a day. This marked the first incident on this scale in nearly three months. However, what lies ahead for the DeFi protocol’s native token will likely only upset the bears since all indicators signal an increase.

The Open Iinterest-weighted Funding Rate is presently significantly positive for NEAR at an average of 0.0670%. Funding Rates are periodic fees paid between traders holding perpetual swap positions to maintain price alignment with the underlying asset.

NEAR Funding Rate
NEAR Funding Rate | Source: Coinglass

If the derivative price deviates from the spot price, long or short position holders pay or receive funding to balance it. As such, positive rates suggest a bullish sentiment in the market, and traders are pining for further increases.

But beyond speculation, usage of the protocol is also noting a boost. Amidst the rise in price on Wednesday, the total value locked (TVL) on NEAR protocol also increased by 22.5% from $155 to $189 million within 24 hours.

NEAR TVL | Source: DefiLlama

This shows that the protocol’s adoption is observing growth alongside the demand, making the rally significantly more substantial.

NEAR Price Prediction: Fear of Correction Looms

Even though the NEAR price has risen, it has not cemented the increase. This is because, at the moment, NEAR is facing a barrier of $5.60. Breaching it is likely, but flipping it into support is far more crucial for it to continue its price increase.

Once that happens, NEAR will be on its way to tagging the yearly high of $6.50. Based on the aforementioned indicators, it is likely that bears will keep away for a while to prevent further losses. This would act as a catalyst for the crypto asset and push it towards the resistance level.

NEAR/USDT 3-day chart
NEAR/USDT 3-day chart | Source: TradingView

However, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicates that the asset is currently overbought. The RSI sits above 70 and looks to be declining. This is a sign of potential saturation of the bullish sentiment, which could hint at an impending correction.

The RSI is a momentum indicator traders use to evaluate whether a market is overbought or oversold and whether to accumulate or sell an asset.

Readings above 50 and an upward trend suggest that bulls still have an advantage, while readings below 50 indicate the opposite. The indicator is above 50 but is decreasing, indicating bulls could be losing steam after the recent price rally.

This has been the case historically, and a similar outcome would keep NEAR’s price around the $5.60 mark. Losing this support level would invalidate the bullish thesis and send the cryptocurrency down towards the $4.85 level.

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Aaryamann Shrivastava
As a Mass Media (Journalism) graduate, my journey into cryptocurrency journalism has evolved into a distinguished role as an On-Chain Analyst over the past two and a half years. Collaborating with industry-leading media companies like FXStreet, AMBCrypto, and FXEmpire, I’ve delved deeply into the intricate realms of Crypto and Blockchain, crafting over 2,500 meticulously curated SEO-focused articles. Driven by a commitment to excellence, I remain steadfast in delivering the highest caliber...