Curve Finance [CRV], the on-chain liquidity exchange, was attacked in what was termed a “DNS cache poisoning” on 9 August. This exploit capitulated CRV as the price plunged from $1.48 on 8 August to $1.25 on the event day.
Surprisingly, the coin picked up and increased to $1.42 on 11 August. On the same day, it was announced that Curve Finance had recovered over 80% of the stolen funds.
Despite the retrieval, CRV had failed to lift its price substantially, recording a 3.99% decline from its 24-hour price. So how come CRV recovered the funds?
In trouble? Call CZ!
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) announced via Twitter that the hacker wanted to store the funds on its exchange.
Binance froze/recovered $450k of the Curve stolen funds, representing 83%+ of the hack. We are working with LE to return the funds to the users. The hacker kept on sending the funds to Binance in different ways, thinking we can’t catch it. 😂#SAFU https://t.co/Ekea9moeAw
— CZ 🔶 Binance (@cz_binance) August 12, 2022
With the hacker not suspecting, CZ said they secured the assets. This was not the first time the crypto head was lending a hand to an exploit recovery, as he did something similar when Axie Infinity suffered a hack in April. So how has CRV responded to the recovery news?
Steadying the ship
According to DeFillama, CRV has not lost much in its Total Value Locked (TVL) worth. The open-source DeFi aggregator showed that CRV had only declined 1.58% of its TVL as it remained at $6.2 billion.
However, not every part of CRV remained steady during the event. At the time of this writing, CRV had suffered a sharp decline in its trading volume. CoinMarketCap reported a 24.47% decrease in its 24-hour trading volume.
Blockchain data-driven platform, Santiment, revealed that CRV’s development activity dropped significantly. In fact, it reached the lowest since 19 June, indicating that the hack affected the CRV ecosystem negatively in numbers.
However, its one-day circulation remained stable, with signs that CRV could withstand the storm of the exploit. The metric was close to where it was on the day of the hack.
The state of the exchange inflow and outflow were distant apart. Santiment recorded the exchange outflow at 625,000, meaning CRV traders were getting out of their holdings. Exchange inflow, however, has not been so encouraging at 291,000.
With the present state, it may seem that CRV could come out of the exploit after effects stronger. Binance was not the only one involved in helping CRV recover the funds, as Fixed Float had earlier frozen 112 ETH out of the funds.
BNB and BUSD holders, this Binance announcement can affect…
Binance made a major expansion and partnership-related announcements recently. On 3 October, Binance announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Financial Monitoring Agency of Kazakhstan.
The MoU was signed as part of its ongoing efforts to educate law enforcement agencies around the world. Furthermore, as per the announcement, the company also set up offices in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
These announcements coupled with recent developments from Binance might impact the dominance of the BUSD and the positive price movement of the Binance Coin [BNB].
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Positioning BUSD for dominance
Binance’s BUSD auto-conversion, which converts new deposits of USDC, USDP, and TUSD to BUSD at a 1:1 ratio, was announced on 5 September.
The exchange’s goal in implementing the BUSD auto-conversion was, ostensibly, to boost liquidity, and it was implemented on 29 September.
In terms of market cap, BUSD was now the third largest stablecoin, after USDT and USDC. According to Coinmarketcap, BUSD had a market cap of over $20 billion, with over $6 billion traded in the last 24 hours. In comparison to USDC, this trading volume was significantly higher.
Sideways but bullish
In recent weeks, the BNB price mainly moved sideways. However, following the news on 3 October, there was a rise in price. BNB began trading at $284.7, reached a high of $289.1, and closed at $286.9. As of the time of this writing, it was trading around $290.
On a daily time frame, the $256 area provided strong support, but fresh support appeared to be emerging in the $278 area. The $300 area was acting as resistance for quite some time.
Additionally, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) showed a bullish trend, with the RSI above the neutral line. The RSI reading above 50 indicated buying pressure was increasing relative to its level at the start of the period.
Based on the data provided by the Awesome Oscillator (AO), it was clear that the bullish trend was not particularly robust.
The plus DI and signal line of the Directional Movement Index (DMI) hovered just above 20, which also indicated a weak bullish trend.
Furthermore, the 30-day Market Value to Realized Value (MVRV) ratio for BNB was above 18%, which indicated that the asset was in the overvalued zone. In this region, sellers could step in as traders cashed out their gains.
However, developer activity was stagnant at 0.02, which suggested that the chain was not actively developing new features.
It’s to be noted here that Binance also announced on 29 September that it had opened local offices in New Zealand and registered with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment there.
A-Z of how the BNB Chain fared in September
BNB Chain, home to leading decentralized exchanges PancakeSwap and Venus Protocol, closed Q3 with growth in some of its ecosystem metrics.
According to the decentralized finance (DeFi) analytics platform AnalytEx, BNB Chain recorded growth in its number of daily transactions. It also recorded growth in the number of unique wallet addresses, and daily block count in September.
The Chain, however, registered declines in the gas fees paid to process transactions on the network within the 30-day period. Furthermore, the average size of blocks mined per day on the network continued on its four-month-long decline.
BNB Chain in September
As per data from AnalytEx, a daily average of 3.25 million transactions were completed on the BNB Chain in September. This was a 1.2% growth from the 3.21 million transactions logged as a daily average in August.
With a count of 3.25 million transactions, the index for average daily transactions on BNB Chain in the last quarter fell by 14%. In July, daily average transactions on BNB Chain sat at 3.70 million.
AnalytEx further found that in September, the average number of daily active wallets on BNB Chain grew by 11.48%. According to the DeFi analytics platform, BNB Chain registered an average of 890,253 daily active wallets within the 30-day period.
In August, this stood at 798,559 addresses. While the BNB Chain saw a drop in its daily average transactions in the just concluded quarter, the average number of daily active wallets on the network grew by 2% in the last quarter.
A mixed bag of pros and cons
According to data from CoinGecko, within the period under review, the price per BNB rallied to a high of $297.82 on 12 September, after which it declined by over 5% to close the trading month at $281.
This fall in the price of BNB led to a drop in the gas fees paid for transactions completed on BNB Chain in September.
According to AnalytEx, the average gas fee paid for transactions on BNB Chain was 7.06 gwei, a 2.1% drop from the 7.21 gwei paid in August.
Interestingly, September’s average gas fee represented a decline from what was paid in August. It ranked as the second highest average gas fee paid for transactions on BNB Chain in the last six months.
Lastly, in addition to the decline in the average gas fee on the network, BNB Chain also witnessed a drop in the size of blocks mined per day in September. In fact, the average size of blocks mined on the network witnessed a consistent fall since May.
Can GRT chart a new course after Graph’s new Subgraph milestone
The Graph’s GRT cryptocurrency is arguably one of the poorest performing top cryptocurrencies by market cap.
Its performance has been rather docile in Q3, and at this point, it might need a catalyst to get things going. Recent developments have the potential to breathe life back into the coin in Q4.
Investors that scooped up some GRT since it reached its current bottom range in June are still waiting for a price pump. There were a few bullish attempts within the 3-month period. Unfortunately for the bulls, none of those attempts were enough for a strong breakout, thus, relegating GRT to its bottom range.
GRT’s price action found support just below the $0.100 price range. It hovered within this range for the last few weeks, but are there any prospects of an upcoming change?
Fortunately, the developers behind the projects have maintained healthy development activity. This activity increased significantly towards the end of September.
Some of this development activity may have been focused on increasing the number of subgraphs. The Graph’s latest announcement on Twitter revealed that there are now more than 500 subgraphs on the network. The increase was necessary to make indexing easier for the network to provide indexing services within the WEB3 landscape.
The higher subgraph count represents an important step forward. However, it is not clear whether this might be enough to generate more investors’ excitement. GRT’s 30-day MVRV ratio, at press time, was significantly higher than its lowest 4-week range despite still being in negative territory.
The same metric had a slight uptick in the last two days. This confirms that some buying activity occurred. Moreover, GRT’s velocity metric’s performance in September reflected the subdued nature of the price.
It registered its highest spike at the start of October, thus, confirming an increase in trading activity.
GRT did garner some upside by just over 4% in the last two days despite the velocity spike. This outcome suggested that most investors, especially whales are still on the sidelines waiting for the right time.
Its network growth metric indicated a decline since 22 September. A potential reason why investors’ excitement has not manifested.
GRT has been stuck in the lower range since June and has even broken out of the previous cup-and-handle pattern expectations.
Whether bullish volumes in the short-term would be a reality is still a toss-up but the long-term potential remains strong. This is because there is still a lot of demand for The Graph protocol’s indexing services.
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