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NFT Market Divergence as Cryptocurrencies Soar

NFTs | March 7, 2024

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NFT collections see a significant drop in floor prices amidst a cryptocurrency market rally, with major collections facing steep losses

As pointed out by The Defiant, the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) market has witnessed a sharp decline in the floor prices of its top collections, even as cryptocurrencies like Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC) experience significant rallies. This trend highlights a growing divergence between the NFT sector and the broader cryptocurrency market. Notably, major NFT collections, including the Bored and Mutant Ape Yacht Clubs, Pudgy Penguins, and Azuki, have reported substantial losses in their value over the past week. This downturn has been exacerbated by record-high liquidations on Blend, Blur's NFT lending platform with 82% of the market, indicating a period of heightened volatility and uncertainty within the NFT space.

  • The NFT market's underperformance amidst all-time-high seeking crypto market prices suggests divergence or a shift in investor sentiment possibly by a fear of missing out (FOMO) on the crypto rally.
  • Data from Blur's NFT marketplace reveals that five of the top six NFT collections by daily volume have suffered losses ranging from 20% to 37% in over the last seven days. Notably, the Bored and Mutant Ape Yacht Clubs, along with Pudgy Penguins and Azuki, have faced steep declines.

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  • The volatility has led to a spike in liquidations on Blend, with approximately 240 tokens from leading collections being liquidated on March 6, marking a new all-time high for the platform.
  • Despite the overall downturn, select NFT collections like CryptoPunks, Chromie Squiggle, and Milady Maker have seen their values increase, indicating pockets of resilience within the market.  For example, a rare CryptoPunk alien NFT sells for $16 million.


While the short-term outlook may seem bearish for NFTs, the resilience shown by certain collections suggests that the market is still evolving and adapting. As digital currencies continue to gain momentum, the NFT sector may undergo further shifts, with potential for recovery as investors recalibrate their portfolios. The interplay between NFTs and cryptocurrencies is a key area to watch, as it will likely influence future trends and opportunities within the digital asset space.

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