Algorand—a Boston-based blockchain company created to improve blockchain decentralization, scalability, and security—made the news last month after it completed a $60 million token sale. The company’s token sale implied that Algo token’s market capitalization was close to $6 billion, which would make it the seventh-largest coin.
Today, Coinbase announced it was listing the coin on Coinbase Pro, the crypto exchange’s professional trading platform. The price surged as a result, historically in line with the “Coinbase Effect.”
Following the announcement, the price of ALGO went from $0.727 to a high $0.841—up 15.7 percent—within 40 minutes. For the bulk of trading the highest the token traded at was $0.814, up 11.85 percent. Since the peak the coin traded in a range between $0.758 and $0.822.
Trading volume is also up substantially in response to the news. Volume increased from a three-day average of $80.2 million to $109.9 million, a 37 percent increase.
The announcement comes on the heels of a week of price-positive news for Algorand. Coinbase first announced it was considering adding ALGO, along with eight other coins including Dash, Decred, and Ontology, on Aug. 5.
Aug. 2 Algorand announced an “early redemption” program that allowed users to sell-back tokens for an 85 percent refund on the token’s auction price. The news caused the price of the token to skyrocket, sending it from $0.558 to $0.820 from open to close on record volume of $284 million.
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