Cardano network growth has done little to help ADA’s price shake its multi-month slump.
Cardano’s (ADA) price risks undergoing a severe correction in the next few months despite touting its blockchain network’s bolstering growth and a “major” hard fork event in June.
Descending channel hints at ADA sell-off ahead
ADA, which makes up about 1.75% of the total crypto market capitalization, has been trending lower since September 2021 inside a “descending channel” pattern that has successfully capped its multiple upside attempts, as illustrated in the chart below.
ADA/USD daily price chart featuring descending channel setup. Source: TradingView
The channel showed further strength as ADA broke above its upper trendline on March 27 only to reverse entirely in later sessions, showing a lack of conviction among Cardano bulls.
ADA’s 200-day exponential moving average (200-day EMA; the blue wave), alongside the 0.236 Fib line (near $1.29) of the Fibonacci retracement graph, drawn from a $2.96 swing high to a $0.78 swing low, further aided the bearish bias.
As of April 15, ADA’s price has been consolidating inside the $0.97–$0.92 range, signaling intentions to continue its pullback from its fakeout top near $1.25.
If the descending channel setup continues to pan out, ADA/USD could fall to its previous bottom range near $0.78 while eyeing the channel’s lower trendline around $0.65 as its primary downside target.
ADA/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView
That would amount to an almost 30% drop from today’s price.
Cardano network’s growth fails to impress traders
Meanwhile, Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK), the research and development firm behind the Cardano project, has announced incredible network growth entering April 2022.
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IOHK also appears to be readying the “Vasil” hard fork, a network upgrade to make Cardano’s blockchain more scalable, which is slated for sometime in June.
Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson stressed the word “major” five times when describing the fork’s importance to the overall network growth in a video released on April 12, a day after ADA crashed more than 10%.
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Yes, ADA’s price recovered after Hoskinson’s address and IOHK’s tweets. But the rebound lost momentum, and the token is trending sideways, remaining under the influence of macro factors.
The daily correlation coefficient between ADA/USD and NDX. Source: TradingView
Notably, like Bitcoin (BTC), ADA’s correlation with the Nasdaq 100 (NDX) rose to a record level, hitting 0.97 on April 15 versus 0.79 at the beginning of the year.
In other words, ADA’s price is currently in lockstep with the tech-heavy index, which has erased more than $1 trillion from its market capitalization in April.
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