SOL, the native token of the Solana blockchain, has been putting up a price move in the past few days. According to crypto market intelligence platform Santiment, this rally could continue to extend until short traders change their negative sentiment on the popular altcoin.
Santiment noted in a tweet that at present, Solana does not have a lot of big believers, seeing as fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) saw traders start placing massive short bets for SOL on Binance about four days ago.
However, the price of SOL seems to have bottomed out at $20.02 and rebounded to over $21.22 over a 15-hour period, Santiment noted.
Much of the negative sentiments around Solana and SOL have originated from Solana’s ties to the collapsed FTX exchange.
The post also revealed that FTX and its sister-firm Alameda Research, hold over 50 million SOL. While most of the SOL stands vested, it did not stop investors from fearing the worst and looking to exit their SOL and other Solana ecosystem token positions on exchanges.
Solana blockchain ecosystem is still advancing with development
Despite the price surge on the day, SOL is down about 50% in the last month and around 92.4% since the start of the year. This has, however, not stopped development from going on in the Solana ecosystem.
Earlier this year, Solana Labs released an update to the Solana blockchain node software. In a tweet, co-founder of the blockchain startup Anatoly Yakovenko urged validators to upgrade to the new node software version, adding that the update should fix all Solana network outage issues caused by UDP-based protocols’ overload.
Previously, the problem had caused prolonged shutdowns and restarts of the Solana network. According to data from Solana blockchain explorer Solscan, 60.82% of 2,341 validators on the blockchain have upgraded to the latest node version. Around 11% and 7.5% are still running two former versions of the node software.