- LEND/USD attempts recovery from critical support.
- A significant resistance above $0.60 limits the upside momentum.
Aave's LEND is the 29th-largest digital asset with the current market capitalization of $751 million and an average daily trading volume of $167 million. The token is most actively traded on Binance. At the time of writing, LEND/USD is changing hands at $0.577, unchanged both on a day-to-day basis and since the beginning of Friday.
Aave is a decentralized protocol where users earn interest by providing liquidity to lending pools or borrow money these liquidity pools. Basically, it is one of the pioneers in the DeFi industry with a wide range of possible practical applications. Recently Aave announced the partnership with RealT and unlocked cryptocurrency mortgages on a blockchain.
LEND/USD: The technical picture
LEND/USD bottomed at $0.472 on September 3 and recovered to $0.775 by September 13. However, the upside momentum failed to gain traction, and the coin retreated below $0.60 amid slow trading activity. On the 12-hour chart, the price moves along the lower line of the symmetrical triangle pattern, which coincides with the SMA100 at $0.55 that has served as a strong support since the beginning of the month.
Considering the strong technical support, this area creates a significant barrier for LEND's bears and may serve as a jumping-off ground for an extended recovery with the initial target at $0.86
LEND/USD 12-hour chart
The market positioning data gives credibility to the above-said support area. IntoTheBlock's IOMAP model reveals there is a cluster of 1,600 addresses holding over 14 million coins around $0.55. A move below this area will pull the rug out of LEND as there is virtually no significant support until $0.20.
Meanwhile, the upside is cluttered with barriers and limitations. Approximately 800 addresses are holding over 58 million LEND around $0.62, waiting to cash out. If these investors decide to sell in the event of a bullish impulse, Aave will likely collapse like a house of cards and slice through the $0.55 support area.
LEND's In and Out of the Money data
It is worth mentioning that the overhead resistance is also reinforced by a combination of moving averages and the middle line of the 4-hour Bollinger bands. This makes the idea of a further price recovery seems difficult to achieve. But once this resistance barrier is out of the way, LEND may surge to the upper line of the symmetrical triangle pattern identified on the 12-hour chart at $0.73, and ultimately target $0.86.
LEND/USD 4-hour chart
Another point to take into consideration is that LEND whales seem to be optimistic about the coin. The number of holders with 100,000 to 1,000,000 tokens has increased from 346 to 383 in less than a week. As the chart below shows, the whales' activity diverges from the price movements, creating a positive signal in the long run.
LEND's Holders distribution
To conclude: LEND has reached strong support that may trigger a new recovery way from the short-term perspective. However, we will need to see a strong move above the significant resistance area $0.60-$0.65 to confirm that the recovery is back on track. If this is the case, the next targets of $0.73 and $0.86 will come into focus. A sustainable move below $0.55 will invalidate the favorable scenario and send the price towards $0.20.