- LEO surges, up 32 percent
- FOMO likely accelerating LEO demand
The tokenization of BitFinex through the sale of LEO tokens was an opportunity for investors to draw maximum benefits from a liquid exchange. At the time of writing, LEO is up 32 percent week-to-date.
LEO Price Analysis
Desperate times call for desperate measures. That’s the adage that BitFinex’s owners, iFinex Limited, heeded, quite literally. Faced with insurmountable pressure upon the damaging revelation that the exchange used part of Tether Limited’s fund to fix a deluge, the management settled for an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO).
The objective was quite clear and brazen: crowdfund $1 billion in USDT from private investors. That meant tokenizing the exchange through the Unus Sed LEO tokens. Hardly surprising, Justin Sun was said to be among one of those who had made applications for consideration.
However, reports had it that he pulled out, it was apparent that opportunity seeking billionaires couldn’t leave this lying. Of the many investors who kept decided to keep it low key, the outspoken “china’s BTC billionaire” Zhao Dong, notified the community of BitFinex’s plans:
“Leo tokens are intended to be the utility token at the heart of the iFinex ecosystem. Token holder will experience immediate benefits across iFinex trading platforms, products, and services including LEO holders’ taker fees will be reduced by 15 percent overall crypto-to-crypto pairs (including crypto to Stablecoin. Taker fees…reduced by an additional 10 percent overall crypto pairs. For traders with an average >$5,000 USDT in LEO tokens in their account during the previous month…etc.”
Considering the benefits, it was highly anticipated that the coin sold out in minutes, gifting BitFinex the much-needed liquidity. However, for investors, LEO prices sunk. Upon listing on May 20th, LEO prices dropped from $2.49 to $1.025 before closing at $1.07.
Even though it was seven percent in the green, investors were shaken. Presently, LEO on a recovery path, adding 96 percent and changing hands at $1.96 against the greenback. As a result of this, LEO’s market cap is $ $1,959 million surging 32 from week-to-date.
Technically, hype alone will shore LEO as investors don’t want to miss another BNB moment. Therefore, even though prices could react at $2.15 or the 78.6 percent Fibonacci retracement, bulls will likely prevail in the long term. Thus, for the savvy trader, every dip is another buying opportunity. Stop limits at $1.55 could be the safety net just against there is an unexpected liquidation.
Noteworthy, trading volumes are increasing. That is buoying bulls, which is positive. Breaks above May 20th high at $2.15 should ideally be with high trading volumes exceeding 3.95 million of June 10th.
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