Here’s how the latest ApeCoin staking update will affect APE’s fortunes.

ApeCoin announced the dates for the debut of ApeCoin staking in a recent post. This launch may generate interest in the altcoin $APE, which may have a beneficial impact on its price movement.

According to the aforementioned tweet, APE staking will be available on December 12th. Prior to this date, the token’s popularity may continue to rise on the rankings.

For instance, on the social front, ApeCoin did see growth. According to LunarCrush, a social media analytics firm, ApeCoin’s social engagements increased by 42.4% over the past week. Coupled with a growing number of engagements, ApeCoin’s social volume recorded a spike too, with the same evidenced by Santiment’s charts.

However, despite ApeCoin’s appreciation on the social front, its weighted sentiment continued to decline. A declining weighted sentiment suggested that the crypto-community had more negative than positive things to say about ApeCoin, at the time of writing.

Source: Santiment

Along with the declining weighted sentiment, NFTs affiliated with ApeCoin also had a tough time in this market. NFTs such as BAYC, MAYC, and Crypto Punks exhibited volatility in terms of floor price and volume over the past few days.

According to NFTGO, BAYC’s volume depreciated by 32% over the last 7 days. MAYC’s volume depreciated by 50.87% as well over the same time period.

In fact, the number of sales for MAYC fell as well. Figures for the same declined by 54.79% over the last 7 days. Along with that, the number of transfers and liquidity of the NFT collection depreciated as well.

Source: NFTGo

Another cause of concern for ApeCoin investors would be the decline of interest from whales.

It can be observed that the supply held by top addresses significantly reduced over the past few days, implying that large addresses began to lose interest in the token. Along with that, the MVRV ratio was negative as well, underlining that if a majority of APE holders decided to sell their holdings, they would be incurring a loss.

However, ApeCoin’s velocity registered a spike too. This revealed that the frequency at which APE is being exchanged among addresses has increased lately.

Source: Santiment

It remains to be seen whether the introduction of staking will help APE overcome the obstacles in its path to growth.

At the time of press, APE was trading at $3.39, with its value having appreciated by 2.88% in 24 hours.

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