Altcoin Surge Explained as ADA, SOL, XRP and MATIC Rise up to 10%

Investors watch Solana, Cardano, XRP, and MATIC in the crypto market as they experience varying degrees of growth.

Person standing on top of a rock formation staring up towards giant SOL, ADA, MATIC and XRP coins
  • Solana’s price has been surging since February 13th and is currently trying to hold above crucial support.
  • Cardano’s token has significantly increased since its Valentine upgrade went live on the Cardano mainnet.
  • XRP’s trading volume has increased, with unique on-chain transactions driving the growth.
  • Polygon’s ecosystem growth has slowed down but the price action shows bullishness.

Bitcoin had an incredible 24 hours, seeing significant gains. Naturally, the altcoins followed; Solana has rebounded almost 10% after a slow start to February, Cardano is performing well after its recent upgrade, XRP‘s trading volume is holding steady despite legal uncertainty, and MATIC’s market structure looks promising as it attempts to break out of its current resistance level. How much was due to their own developments?

Solana Price and Hackathon Update

On Wednesday, the 15th of February, Solana’s price drastically rose by 9.29% to $23.77, after steadily increasing from Friday the 10th. If Solana can sustain price action above the immediate support at $22.86, the cryptocurrency’s price could rise toward critical resistance at $28.55, which was previously a highly contested trading zone. 


In recent news, Solana has announced a hackathon called Grizzlython, allowing builders to go from idea to company in six weeks. Over 5,000 builders worldwide have already signed up, with $5 million in prizes and seed money up for grabs in the much-awaited event. But Solana hasn’t been the only Layer-1 making moves.

Cardano’s Valentine Upgrade Live

Cardano’s ADA has also been generating headlines lately, rising 8.3% on Wednesday, as investors have been increasingly focusing on this top-10 proof-of-stake crypto. The token has soared roughly 16% since Tuesday, February 14th, topping nearly $0.42 per coin on February 15th. 

This move comes after news that Cardano’s Valentine upgrade is now live on the Cardano mainnet. The upgrade aims to improve interoperability features and the security of the Cardano blockchain, providing additional cross-chain functionality and back-end developer improvements. ADA has become a favorite among whales lately, and community support for the network has become reminiscent of XRP.

XRP Sees Unique On-Chain Transactions

XRP’s price has increased by 8% since February 14th, trading at $0.4006. The digital currency has shown promising trading volume growth, up by 15.46% within the same period.


Although legal uncertainty with the SEC remains, XRP has continued to perform well among other digital currencies. Whale Alert, a crypto analytics platform, has reported a series of perceived whale activities, contributing to the recent rise in the digital currency’s trading volume. 

MATIC Ecosystem Development

The bears pulled Polygon’s MATIC below the 20-day EMA at $1.19 on February 13th and 14th but proved unable to keep the powerhouse Layer-2 down for long. 

The bulls are not willing to give up their advantage, which was proven on Wednesday with a 5.6% increase as the market structure for Polygon looks bullish from a technical standpoint. 

The recent 78% increase in MATIC’s price since the start of 2023 could see a correction as speculative buying cools down. One aspect of Polygon that shows no signs of slowing down is the range of impressive partnerships the network has signed over the last year.

Square Enix, a well-known video game company from Tokyo, has teamed up with the Polygon network to introduce a new art-collecting experience with a gaming twist. Meanwhile, Doritos Triangle Studios is diving into the growing world of NFTs on the Polygon Network, joining the trend of using blockchain technology for digital art ownership.

Despite the stalling growth of its decentralized finance ecosystem, Polygon has built a strong bullish narrative, within its partnerships, in the market with the upcoming zkEVM launch, and the team’s efforts in the Web3 space are promising and show signs of increasing activity.

On the Flipside

  • Regardless of the Ripple vs SEC case, XRP still rose dramatically. 
  • MATIC’s market structure looks bullish at the moment. However, it’s worth noting that the cryptocurrency has seen a 78% increase in price since the start of 2023.
  • While Solana’s recent price action seems promising, the overall market is surging, and a turn in the trend would take Solana down with it.
  • While Cardano’s Valentine upgrade is an exciting development, time will tell whether it will lead to increased adoption or usage of the Cardano blockchain.

Why You Should Care

As Solana, Cardano, XRP, and MATIC continue to make headlines. From the potential impact of legal battles to significant ecosystem developments and upgrades, keeping up with the latest news can provide valuable insights into the overall market sentiment.

To get a market overview of Bitcoin and Ethereum, read here:
Bitcoin Eyes 25K Summit, Ethereum Climbs the Peak Too

Blur is another name making waves recently. To read more about them, see below:
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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.