Long-term HBAR traders should read this before exiting.

Traders and investors who own HBAR are likely to be disappointed by its recent performance. Many of the top cryptocurrencies saw significant gains in the final week of October. Meanwhile, HBAR has experienced a minor rally but has remained stuck in the lower range.

The underperformance of HBAR may not always reflect the state of the Hedera network. Some of its most recent highlights do indicate that it is constantly striving to provide more utility. It recently announced, for example, that users can now send NFTs and fungible tokens to anonymous alias addresses generated by its network.

 

🛠HIP-542 enables the ability to send fungible tokens and #NFTs to aliases that do not exist on the network. Previously, only $HBAR could be sent to aliases to auto-create an account. @ridley___ explains and showcases the newly implemented functionality ⬇️ https://t.co/onEptjwdur

— Hedera (@hedera) November 1, 2022

This development was courtesy of its recent HIP-542 upgrade. Despite this, Hedera experienced a drop in its development activity metric since 21 October. Investors should however note that the network has maintained healthy levels despite the drop in the metric.

HBAR metrics

Source: Santiment

Lower development activity often affects investors’ sentiment. We did observe a surge in weighted sentiment towards the end of October before reverting back to the lower range. This may indicate some correlation with the drop in development activity.

HBAR metrics

Source: Santiment

Why HBAR’s upside remains relatively limited

One potential reason for HBAR’s limited upside towards the end of October could be low demand. This is evident by the limited increase in volume observed during the last week of the month. HBAR’s largest volume spike occurred just before mid-October.

HBAR metrics

Source: Santiment

Volumes dropped off despite the slight upside, confirming that there was low demand. It was not all gloom and doom though for Hedera. NFT trades volume improved towards the end of October and it managed to achieve its second-highest spike in the last four weeks, at the start of November.

HBAR metrics

Source: Santiment

For clarity, NFT trade volumes on 1 October peaked at $1.76 million. For reference, it clocked its lowest 4-week volumes at $71,052. These observations are a healthy sign as far as organic network utility is concerned.

HBAR price action

HBAR’s $0.059 press time price level represented a significant discount compared to its October highs. On the other hand, at press time, it was at a slight premium from its lowest level in the last four weeks. Its price action has been oscillating within the 50-day moving average at least for the last three weeks.

HBAR price action

Source: TradingView

HBAR’s current price level is still notably within the lower 2022 range. Unfortunately, low demand for cryptocurrency has ensured that it remained within this range. We might see improvements if the macroeconomic outlook improves in favor of risk-on assets.

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