NEM Price Jumps 16% as Other Top Coins Tumble

The NEM price surged 16 percent on Tuesday, defying the bearish trend that characterized every other top-tier cryptocurrency.

NEM Price Surges 16 Percent as Other Top Coins Tumble

It was a disappointing day for cryptocurrency investors, as 97 of the top 100 coins posted single-day declines. However, the NEM price (XEM) not only resisted this bearish trend — it actually managed to achieve a double-digit percentage increase against the US dollar.

At present, NEM is trading at $0.44 on Poloniex, which is roughly in line with the token’s global average. NEM has a market cap of just under $4 billion, which makes it the 11th-largest cryptocurrency according to this metric.

XEM Price Chart | Source: TradingView

NEM trading volume is currently heavily concentrated in Asian markets, with the majority of it denominated in fiat trading pairs. South Korea-based Upbit’s XEM/KRW market accounts for just under 33 percent of all NEM volume, while Japanese exchange Zaif’s XEM/JPY pair comprises another 26 percent.

XEM Trading Volume | Source: CoinMarketCap

NEM Price Rises as Coincheck Compensates Users for Record-Setting Theft

NEM’s rally has correlated with Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck’s announcement that it was beginning to refund customers who lost NEM tokens (XEM) as a result of the January theft that saw hackers abscond with more than 500 million XEM.

As reported, those tokens were worth $530 million at the time of the hack, making it the single-largest cryptocurrency theft in history, as measured by USD value. Today, though, those tokens are worth just $225 million at market prices.

However, Coincheck is compensating users at 88.549 JPY per token (~$0.83) — nearly double the present exchange rate — for a total payout of approximately $415 million. Presumably, most users will use their refunds to purchase NEM tokens, and — given the disparity between the refund price and market price — it is likely that many will increase their holdings over what they had before the hack.

Indeed, this appears to be the case, as Zaif’s XEM/JPY pair accounts for more than one-fourth of NEM’s global trading volume.

NEM trading volume rarely eclipses $100 million, so it is quite conceivable that the Coincheck payout could place significant upward pressure on the NEM price — if investors continue to inject those funds back into XEM markets, that is.

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Last modified: March 4, 2021 5:05 PM

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