If these indicators come into play, Chainlink [LINK] may face some bearish pressure.

The Chainlink network has just entered a critical week that will be marked by a significant development. Chainlink Staking v0.1 is set to launch this week. According to the most recent Chainlink update, staking will be a significant step forwards for the network. This is due to the increased security for the network’s oracle infrastructure.

Just 48 hours until the launch of Chainlink Staking v0.1!

Staking marks an inflection point for #Chainlink, enabling the community to contribute to the cryptoeconomic security of #Web3’s oracle infrastructure.

Check your Early Access eligibility: https://t.co/nOhbTwulv1 pic.twitter.com/kCGY24bydi

— Chainlink (@chainlink) December 4, 2022

An extra added benefit of Chainlink staking is that it will encourage traders to hold their LINK rather than selling it for short-term profits. This could support a higher floor price, while potentially boosting the demand for LINK.

In addition to the Chainlink staking V0.1 rollout, the network also released its latest adoption update. Chainlink revealed that it achieved 20 integrations with some of the top blockchain networks. These included the Binance Smart Chain [BNB], Ethereum [ETH], Avalanche [AVAX], Polygon [MATIC], Optimisim [OP], and Fantom [FTM].

⬡ Chainlink Adoption Update ⬡

This week, there were 20 integrations of 5 #Chainlink services across 7 different chains: #Arbitrum, #Avalanche, #BNB Chain, #Ethereum, #Fantom, #Optimism, and #Polygon.

Check your Staking v0.1 eligibility now: https://t.co/Gdt5Fj7XGp pic.twitter.com/DUjh6RGmeM

— Chainlink (@chainlink) December 4, 2022

The network integrations confirmed that Chainlink was still expanding its interoperability with other major networks. But what does this all mean for LINK?

Well, LINK concluded two weeks of mostly bullish activity and kicked off December with a notable drop in the bullish momentum. This may turn out to be another case of buy the rumor, sell the news where buyers in November bought in anticipation of the staking launch.

Assessing LINK’s potential for a sustained rally

LINK traded at $7.54 at press time which represented a 35% upside from its current monthly low. Despite this upside, LINK was still trading at a sizable discount from its November highs. If the ‘buy the rumor, sell the news’ effect applies after the staking launch, then we might see a bearish retracement in the next few days.

Chainlink LINK price action

Source: TradingView

LINK’s Money Flow Index (MFI) was already in the overbought zone where it was likely to experience a resurgence sell pressure. Despite this, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) still had a lot of ground to cover before it stood to be oversold. At press time, the RSI stood above the 50% level.

The latest exchange flow data revealed that the amount of exchange outflows were more than double the amount of inflows. This may explain why LINK managed to sustain its upside in the last two days.

Chainlink exchange flows

Source: Glassnode

An assessment on the addresses side of things revealed that there were higher receiving addresses than sending addresses. To be specific, the latest readings reveal that there were 2,207 receiving addresses versus 893 sending addresses. In other words, the demand for LINK outweighed the existing sell pressure at the time of writing.

Chainlink address flows

Source: Glassnode

While the above information is bullish, LINK investors should consider proceeding with caution. LINK’s supply distribution revealed that the top addresses holding over 1 million coins were currently contributing to sell pressure.

Chainlink supply distribution

Source: Santiment

Increased sell pressure will likely manifest more downside if the aforementioned top addresses continue trimming their balances.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *