May was an incredibly challenging month for the cryptocurrency market as a majority of tokens booked heavy losses as a bear market was confirmed, but not every project dropped back to pre-bull market lows.
Chain (XCN), a protocol designed to help organizations launch their own blockchain network or connect with other more established networks, managed to rally more than 120% since May 19.
Three reasons for the strong showing from XCN include multiple exchange listings, launching on BNB Smart Chain (BSC) and several notable partnerships, including a long-standing collaboration with the Stellar Foundation.
Exchange listings pump up the volume
In March 2022, Chain deployed a new smart contract for its token and rebranded from CHN to XCN. Following the rebrand, XCN listed at KuCoin and subsequent listings on Huobi, Gate, Bitrue and Hotbit were accompanied by sharp upticks in trading volume.
Several of the supporting exchanges have also launched perpetual contracts for the XCN token including Gate, Huobi, ByBit and Poloniex, which has helped generate an increased awareness for the project and initially led to a spike in trading volume.
XCN is also part of a cross-chain integration with BNB Smart Chain and this allows for inexpensive token transfers and trading on PancakeSwap where holders can earn yield for providing liquidity to the exchange.
Following the integration with the BSC, the price of XCN rallied from $0.0712 on May 11 to $0.14 over the next week.
Since 2014, Chain has had several notable partnerships and funding rounds, including an initial fundraise of over $40 million from Khosla Ventures, Pantera Capital, Capital One, Citigroup, Fiserv, Nasdaq, Orange and Visa.
In 2018, the project was acquired and became part of the commercial arm of the Stellar Foundation known as Interstellar. Chain was reacquired in 2020 as part of a ledger-as-a-service platform called Sequence.
It’s possible the recent developments with the Stellar protocol, including its partnership with MoneyGram to create a stablecoin-based platform for money transfers, could have positive effects on the price of XCN due to their close ties.
In April 2022, Chain also announced a strategic partnership with Alameda Research which established the private equity and quantitative cryptocurrency trading firm as Chain’s primary market maker. While none of these partnerships appear significant enough to explain XCN’s current gains, it is notable that the altcoin’s price action has diverged from the wider crypto market for nearly an entire month.
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