After Sinking 97%, This Altcoin Just Woke Up with a 23% Surge

After sinking 97% over the past two years, NEM (XEM) reawakened with a 23% surge on Saturday. The beginning of a new alt season? Speculate!
With a total valuation of over $430 million, NEM is the biggest gainer among prominent cryptocurrencies heading into the weekend. | Source:
  • NEM (XEM) gains 23% in overnight surge.
  • The Altcoin was previously down 97% since the market peak of January 2018.
  • XEM coin now up 71% since December, but can we bank on this being a new alt-season?

The 29th ranked cryptocurrency NEM (XEM) clawed back almost one-quarter of its value leading into Saturday morning.

The altcoin had previously lost 97.7% of its value in a two-year decline that stretches back to January 2018. This past December, the XEM coin sunk to its lowest value in over 2.5 years.

But on Saturday NEM mounted a resurgence which recovered 23.8% of its value. That saw the coin price rise from $0.041038 up to $0.050845, with the peak arriving at around 6 AM (UTC).

NEM (XEM) gained 23% leading into Saturday. The altcoin has now gained 71% since December | Source: CoinMarketCap

That leaves NEM up 32% for the week and just over 64% for the month. NEM’s quiet recovery has attracted little fanfare, yet the coin price is now up 71% since its December low.

NEM Feels Sudden Upturn

With no clear catalysts for the pump, we’re left to speculate on the reasons for NEM’s sudden surge. The optimistic view that we’re at the beginning of a new alt season is supported by the recent good fortune of other major altcoins.

Coins like Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Zcash (ZEC) have already more than doubled since December. In crypto, it may only take a month to double your investment, but knowing when to enter and which coin to back isn’t easy.

For example, while other major altcoins followed Bitcoin’s lead in rebounding out of the December low, their rewards weren’t distributed equally.

Major altcoins like Ethereum (ETH) and XRP (XRP) have jumped around 30% in value since December. The best performer in the market cap top 100 during the past 30 days was Bitcoin SV (BSV) with 413% growth before it retracted.

That’s followed closely by Bitcoin Gold (BTG), an obvious pump-and-dump coin [Fortune], which surged to the tune of 292%. The point being, there’s a little method to be found in the madness.

The only certainty is that the market has been climbing upwards for the past six weeks. Whether this upturn morphs into a full-blown alt season remains to be seen.

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