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THORChain Price Breaks Out From Resistance – 140-Day RUNE Correction Finally Over

Last Updated 4 days ago
Valdrin Tahiri
Last Updated 4 days ago
By Valdrin Tahiri
Verified by Peter Henn

Key Takeaways

  • The RUNE price has corrected since December 2023 despite reaching a new yearly high in March 2024.
  • The breakout from its descending resistance trend line is a sign that the correction is finally complete.
  • Can RUNE sustain its upward movement, and if so, where will this increase take the RUNE price?

After consolidating close to $4.50 for most of April, the RUNE price finally started an upward trend and broke out from a descending resistance trend line on May 9. The trend line had existed for 56 days.

Looking back at the previous movement points to the price being in a corrective structure for a much longer period of time. With that in mind, does this breakout constitute an end to the entire correction, or just a temporary relief before that correction resumes?

Is the RUNE Correction Over?

The RUNE price has fallen since its yearly high of $11.46 on March 13. The decrease culminated with a low of $4.36 on April 18. This was a decline of 62%. The price has increased since, in a movement that was preceded by a bullish divergence in both the RSI and MACD (green lines). These divergences usually lead to significant upward movements.

On May 9, the price broke out from a descending resistance trend line, indicating the correction is over.

While the wave count agrees with this assessment, it implies RUNE was actually correcting since December 2023, completing an irregular flat A-B-C corrective structure. In it, waves A:C had a 1:1.61 ratio, the second most common in these structures. So, the breakout, wave count and indicator readings suggest the 140-day correction is complete.

RUNE Price Daily Correction
RUNE/USDT Daily Chart | Credit: TradingView

In this possibility, RUNE will break out above the $11.46 yearly high and could increase toward the all-time high price of $21.28.

Despite this bullish RUNE price prediction, closing below the resistance trend line will put the increase at risk. Then, RUNE could deepen its descent to $3.50.

THORChain On-Chain Activity Hits Record Highs – Will RUNE Price Follow Suit?

Amid THORChain’s strategic moves, it burned 60 million RUNE tokens in March. The move unlocked $150 million in the collateral cap within its lending protocol. The burn, reducing the total supply by 12%, reflects a broader strategy to bolster liquidity and lending capabilities.

However, as on-chain activity surges to unprecedented highs, questions arise about the potential impact on RUNE’s price and the protocol’s resilience against market turbulence.

THORChain Increases Collateral Cap

On March 8, THORChain announced it burned 60 million RUNE  from its Standby Reserve . This was done to raise the collateral cap in the lending protocol. The burn represented a 12% reduction in the total supply. However, since the supply was taken from the Standby Reserve, it was not part of the circulating supply.

More specifically, the cap of the lending protocol  is devised so that it can use one-third of the RUNE burned as collateral . Therefore, the 60 million RUNE, worth $450 million at today’s prices, resulted in a $150 million increase in the collateral cap.

Since the cap rose, the amount of BTC available as collateral has more than doubled, rising from 400 to more than 1,000. Meanwhile, the amount of ETH that available for lending has increased  nearly four times, from 4,000 to 15,984.

Interestingly, the THORChain loan seems to work as more of an in-the-money option rather than a loan. A user that gives one Bitcoin as a loan receives 50% cash and the option to buy one Bitcoin  for the same amount of cash.

While the protocol does not have a risk of liquidation, it is possible for the collateral to be locked . This can happen if the BTC-RUNE (or ETH-RUNE) price undergoes a massive divergence and there is an increase in redemptions.

In turn, mass redemptions would cause the RUNE price to fall and the drop in price would result in a demand for more redemptions, causing a death spiral similar to that of LUNA.

On-Chain Activity Spikes to New Highs

Real volume notably increased after the collateral cap rose. THORChain’s real volume reached an all-time high of $3.12 billion the week of the burn and to yet another all-time high of $4.53 billion the next week. The values dwarfed the previous all-time high of $2.13 billion in March.

THORChain Real Volume All-Time High
THORCHain Real Volume: Credit – Messari

In addition to real volume, the Total Value Locked (TVL)  spiked to an all-time high of $1.57 billion on March 13 but has since fallen to $1.13 billion, below the previous all-time high of $1.32 billion in April 2022.

It is possible that decrease occurred as a result of the drop in the RUNE price since March 13. A large portion ($762 million) of the TVL in the protocol comes from the staked RUNE.

Can RUNE Reach New All-Time High?

In line with the TVL drop, the THORChain token reached a high of $11.46 on March 13 and has fallen since. The value was the highest price since March 2022. Before the drop happened, there were bearish divergences in both the RSI and MACD (green line).

These divergences happen when a momentum decrease accompanies a price increase, and often signify a top, since momentum does not support the price increase.

Can Rune Price Reach New All-Time High?
RUNE/USDT Daily Chart: Credit – TradingView

However, the price action and wave count suggest that RUNE will reach a new all-time high this cycle. The price action shows that RUNE broke out from a long-term resistance trend line after three attempts (red icons). The trend line had existed since the all-time high.

The wave count also predicts an increase, stating that RUNE is in wave three of a five-wave upward movement. If wave three has the same length as wave one, the price will reach a new all-time high of $35.56. This would represent an increase of 380% from the current price.

In any case, the divergence could cause a further drop toward the closest support at $6.30. A horizontal support area and the previous descending resistance trend line create the support. Then, RUNE can resume its previous upward movement.

Increased Interest Can Lead to New RUNE Highs

To conclude, there is an increased interest in THORChain’s lending protocol after the increase in the collateral cap. This protocol is not without its risks, especially if the RUNE price does not appreciate. The outlook for RUNE is positive in the long-term, though the continuing of the short-term drop is possible.

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