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Optimism Price Prediction as $700 Million Trading Volume Comes In – Time to Buy?

John Isige
Last updated: | 4 min read
Optimism price
OP/USD daily chart

The recent strong increase in the value of Optimism, with a 41% growth and reaching new all-time highs, may indicate a positive trend for 2023 after a poor performance in 2022. In the last 30 days, investor holdings have risen 147% and the value of OP is now 479% higher than its lowest point of $0.40 on June 18, 2022

Following that swing to a new all-time high of $2.50 on January 25, 2023, Optimism’s price is down 6.7%, as it absorbs increasing selling pressure, as investors cash out for profit. CoinMarketCap shows a massive spike in the 24-hour trading volume to $700 million.

Optimism price
OP/USD monthly price chart

Analysts have in the past concluded that large trading activities are an indication of investors taking on greater risks, which suggests numerous individuals are expecting OP to hit another all-time high. Put simply, there is optimism that OP price will exceed its previous peak.

What’s Driving Optimism Price Rally?

Apart from a generally bullish market, selected layer 2 protocols like Polygon and Optimism are performing incredibly well in 2023. The network is relatively new but has within a short time, caught the attention of both developers and investors.

Optimism is an Ethereum layer 2 protocol known for supporting scaling solutions. The network outlines that scaling blockchain transactions is the “end game” approach to taking cryptocurrencies mainstream and that can only be achieved by providing a higher transaction throughput while keeping costs down.

As a Layer 2 protocol executing on Ethereum, Optimism rolls out off-chain transactions in batches – assumed to be accurate and valid unless challenged through other mechanisms referred to as fraud proofs.

In other words, Optimism supports transactions off-chain, allowing for higher throughput. Subsequently, the same transactions are posted on the Ethereum blockchain. This way, using Optimism as the primary protocol, helps to bypass main net gas requirements and the associated network congestion.

In recent weeks, there has been a sharp uptick in the use of Optimism, evidenced by the network’s ability to process over 800,000 transactions in 24 hours. This figure surpassed the Ethereum mainnet and Arbitrum combined.

Optimism daily transactions

Data from Dune Analytics reveals that Optimism experienced several impressive spikes in its daily active addresses, with more than 110,000 addresses transacting on December 22. Even after that figure declined to around 80,000, it was still higher than Arbitrum.

Optimism price rally may also be attributed to a tenacious growth in the total number of assets locked up in smart contracts. According to Defi Llama, the network boats $692 million in total valued locked (TVL) following an 8.13% increase in 24 hours.

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Optimism TVL

Velodrome accounts for the lion’s share of the TVL at $126 million, with $125 million locked in Synthetix and $86 million in AAVE V3 staking platforms.

Optimism Price Pulls Back From $2.50, Should You Buy the Dip?

OP price has retreated from its all-time peak, possibly because investors are cashing out their profits. Investors who didn’t take advantage of the upward momentum from early January may want to wait until the Optimism price is above the important $2.50 mark.

Additionally, there is a chance that the OP may see a correction, allowing those who have been sitting on the sidelines to capitalize on the trend. Based on Money Flow Index (MFI) indicator, there is still a higher influx of funds into OP markets, compared to the outflow volume.

Optimism price
OP/USD daily chart

As the Stochastic oscillator slides into the neutral area from the overbought region, it shows Optimism price may take a breather from the rally to allow other macro factors to catch up with the sharp move. Investors shouldn’t be alarmed because $2.00 support is still in place and OP has the potential to restart the rally.

If the pressure mounting on the Optimism price due to excessive profiteering, overwhelms the bullish momentum, investors may be forced to settle for lower support provided by the 50-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) (in red) at $1.50.

If the bullish momentum for Optimism’s price is overcome by excessive selling pressure, holders will need the support provided by the 50-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at $1.50 to hold (indicated in red) otherwise further selling may be on the way.

On the upside, Optimism price must break and hold above $2.50 – the upper yellow band, to affirm the bullish grip and set the pace for the next move to $3.00.

The same daily chart affirms the uptrend from the perspective of the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator. Notice how bulls have defended a buy signal from early January and are likely to keep buying OP in upcoming sessions.

Traders considering shorting Optimism may want to wait for the blue MACD line to cross beneath the red signal line, sending a sell signal. They should also be aware of a potential rebound at the $2.00 support level, as it could indicate a possible spike to new highs around $3.00.

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