Cardano (ADA) Plunges 13% in Friday Liquidation Spree

Investors’ confidence in Cardano wanes as ADA struggles once again to break $0.50.

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  • Cardano’s underwhelming performance continues into its third month.
  • ADA drops 13% after being on the verge of breaking a crucial resistance. 
  • All eyes are on Cardano’s ability to muster up momentum in the following weeks. 

Cardano’s road to recovery remains rocky as it struggles for another month to break past the $0.50 mark. Market participants, including Whales, are hesitant to dive in, reflecting an apparent lack of confidence in ADA. This hesitation becomes glaringly evident as ADA takes a nosedive with every ripple of chaos in the market.

Crypto Market Slips, Cardano Slips Harder

On Friday, just when things were looking up, the crypto market detoured from its poised surge toward new highs after the US’ latest employment report dashed hopes for an imminent interest rate cut. 


Bitcoin tumbled from over $72,000 to $69,000, marking a 5% drop. This decline rippled across altcoins like Ethereum, Solana, and Ripple. Cardano, which was on the verge of breaking the $0.50 resistance for the first time in months, plummeted from $0.49 to $0.42, a staggering 13% drop.

According to Coinglass data, the sudden dip wiped out $450 million from traders’ pockets, the biggest loss since mid-April. Friday’s drop also saw Cardano dropping to 10th place by market cap, with Toncoin climbing to 9th.

Cardano’s performance over the last few months paints a worrying picture for market participants and holders, raising questions about its path to recovery.

Cardano’s Worrisome Trajectory

Cardano has been stuck in a tight range since April, struggling to muster the momentum for a breakout. A close look at the daily chart shows market participants teetering on indecision, with all eyes on ADA’s ability to break $0.50.


The low confidence in Cardano is not without merit, especially when its rivals have returned to flirting with new all-time highs. In contrast, ADA has yet to reclaim its level from February and March.

However, there is a glimmer of hope. According to Coinglass’s ADA liquidation heatmap, there’s a concentration of positions between $0.43 and $0.42, with another cluster above $0.45, setting the stage for two possible scenarios. 

If Cardano continues to show weakness, it could dip to $0.42 to fill orders before rallying to $0.45 and potentially breaking through the $0.50 mark. Alternatively, it could skip the $0.42 level altogether and attempt a direct shot at the $0.50 resistance.

However, given ADA’s negative long-to-short ratio, the chances of a Cardano breakthrough appear slim, reflecting the bearish sentiment among traders. If Cardano can attract fresh capital, it might gain the momentum needed to break through. However, given its lagging nature, there’s doubt whether new funds will pour into ADA anytime soon.

On the Flipside

  • For most of 2023, Cardano struggled to perform. However, in Q4, it turned the tide, closing out the year as one of the top-performing assets.
  • ADA’s yearly growth has flipped negative, marking a 25% loss for the year.
  • Market dynamics can be unpredictable, so it is essential to consider alternative perspectives and opinions when evaluating the potential future performance of ADA.

Why This Matters

Cardano’s underwhelming performance continues into its third month. Investors’ confidence in ADA is waning, making chances of a recovery dim.

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Insha Zia

Insha Zia is a senior journalist at DailyCoin covering crypto developments, especially in the Cardano ecosystem. With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering, he delivers high-quality articles with his technical background and expertise in data analysis and programming languages, aiming to educate and inform readers accurately, transparently, and engagingly. Insha believes education can drive mass adoption of the crypto space, and he is committed to giving DailyCoin readers a better understanding of the technology.