Cross-chain integrations and the growing popularity of Terra’s UST stablecoin are just a few of the factors behind LUNA’s recent rally to a new all-time high.

Stablecoins are an integral part of the the centralized crypto sector and the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystems that have sprung up over the course of the past few years because they provide the liquidity needed for traders to easily swap into different assets. They also serve as a shelter against strong downside swings like the 25% correction seen on Dec. 3.

One project with a stablecoin component that has seen its price surge to a new all-time highs despite the wider market pullback is Terra (LUNA), a multi-sector blockchain protocol aimed at building a global payments system through the use of a fiat-pegged stablecoin called TerraUSD (UST).

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows since hitting a low of $37.86 on Nov. 26, the price of LUNA has surged 106% to a new all-time high at $78.43 on Dec. 5 as its 24-hour trading volume spiked to a record $5.66 billion.

LUNA/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Three reasons for the breakout in LUNA price include the increasing supply of UST, a series of new cross-chain integrations for the Terra ecosystem and a surging total value locked (TVL) on the Terra network.

UST supply hits a new all-time high
One of the main drivers behind the strength seen in LUNA has been the rapid growth of the circulating supply of UST, which is now the largest algorithmically-backed stablecoin in the market and the fourth-ranked stablecoin with a market cap of $8.221 billion.

Crypto proponents in favor of decentralized stablecoin options have embraced the use of UST in comparison to its more centralized counterparts USD Coin (USDC), Tether (USDT) and Binance USD (BUSD).

As the popularity of UST grows, many in the field have begun referring to it as ‘The DeFi dollar’ because it embodies the ethos of decentralization and is slowly spreading across the multi-chain DeFi landscape.

Cross-chain integrations

LUNA is also available across a few cross-chain bridges, making it easier for LUNA holders to invest their in DeFi ecosystems on Ethereum (ETH), Solana (SOL), Fantom (FTM) and Polygon (MATIC)

Total value locked on Terra hits an all-time high

Increasing use of LUNA and UST pushed the total value locked on the Terra blockchain to a new all-time high at $14.36 billion on Dec. 5th and LUNA price hit a record-high on the same day.

Total value locked on the Terra network. Source: Defi Llama

The rapid rise in TVL has resulted in Terra becoming the third-ranked blockchain network in terms of TVL after it surpassed Solana, which has $12.08 billion in value locked on its protocol, while the top-ranked Ethereum network boasts a TVL of $164.72 billion and the Binance Smart Chain has $22.4 billion in value locked on its blockchain. 

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for LUNA on Nov. 24, prior to the recent price rise.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historical and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. CHZ price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for LUNA began to pick up on Nov. 24 and reached a high of 85 around the same time as the price began to increase 106% over the next eleven days.

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