What this implies for investors: Lido DAO’s LDO has now launched on Coinbase.

Lido Finance and its native coin LDO are still new to the cryptocurrency market. This implies that there is still a lot of untapped potential, particularly now that it has established itself as one of the leading staking platforms. Its most recent announcement may help it achieve its adoption ambitions.

Coinbase, one of the largest regulated cryptocurrency exchanges in the United States, has declared its support for the Lido DAO. Users can now access LDO through Coinbase, according to the announcement.

This means users can buy the asset on the exchange and stake it on Lido through the Ethereum network. The network also warned users against transferring the asset through networks other than Ethereum (ERC20).

Coinbase will add support for Lido DAO (LDO) on the Ethereum network (ERC-20 token). Do not send this asset over other networks or your funds may be lost. Inbound transfers for this asset are available on @Coinbase & @CoinbaseExch in the regions where trading is supported.

— Coinbase Assets (@CoinbaseAssets) November 16, 2022

Coinbase also confirmed plans to make the token accessible for trading through the LDO/USD trading pair. However, the trading pair will be rolled out in phases and may not be available in some jurisdictions.

What does the launch mean for LDO in terms of demand?

Coinbase listings are usually considered high-profile and often have a positive effect on cryptocurrencies. This is because Coinbase is a regulated cryptocurrency exchange that operates in the United States. A listing here provides access to millions of traders on the platform and this may boost the crypto’s adoption rate.

If this ends up being the case for LDO, then we will likely see a surge in its market cap as new buyers would pour in from Coinbase.

That said, LDO’s market cap took a hit last week, dropping from as high as $547.7 million to $286.4 million, at its current monthly low. It has, however, embarked on a recovery rally in the last few days and was at $379.6 million at press time.

LDO market cap

Source: Glassnode

The current expectation is that the latest support from Coinbase might open up access to new buyers. Investors should thus look out for a potential increase in the number of new addresses in the next few days.

Interestingly, LDO’s new addresses have been growing even during last week’s crash. However, we did observe a drop in new addresses from 13 November.

LDO new addresses

Source: Glassnode

The new addresses metric indicates a recovery in the last two days. If things go as expected with Coinbase, then new addresses might spike, potentially to new monthly highs. In this regard, the transfer volume is also expected to increase. It was on a sharp uptick prior to the crash, after which it slowed down.

LDO transfer volume

Source: Glassnode

Furthermore, LDO’s transfer volume recovered slightly in the last two days. We might have some more upside if LDO demand kicks into high gear. Such an outcome would likely favor the price action. A look at LDO’s latest price action confirms some upside as it attempts to escape its lower range.

LDO price action

Source: TradingView

Despite the upside, low demand means it has not really managed to pull off a significant rally. Nevertheless, that might change if the Coinbase development will yield strong demand for LDO.

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