APE Boosted As Yuga Labs Launches Staking Rewards

APE, the ticker for Apecoin, an ERC-20 token at the heart of Yuga Labs’ crypto ecosystem, hit its highest level since early November just below $4.60 on Sunday, but has since slipped back to trade close to the $4.30 level, having been unable to hold above its 100-Day Moving Average (DMA) at $4.47. The cryptocurrency is still trading close to the top of its December $3.80-$4.60 range, however, and appears to be benefitting from a demand boost in wake of the recent launch of Apecoin, Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) non-fungible token (NFT) staking rewards. As a result, price predictions have become more bullish.

Last Monday, Yuga Labs launched the smart contract, allowing holders of its family of crypto assets to commit their assets to staking. As of today (Monday 12th of December), staking rewards will begin to be distributed. The total value of Yuga Labs issued crypto assets staked was last close to $220 million, according to ApeStake.io, suggesting the staking launch has been a massive success. Binance just launched its own Apecoin staking program. According to the announcement, BAYC and MAYC NFTs can earn up to 199% APR, paid in APE.

APE Price Prediction – Further Upside In-Store?

Despite being flat on the day on Monday, APE’s Sunday rally means that it is one of the top performers in the top 100 cryptocurrencies last 24 hours according to CoinMarketCap. Over that time period, APE was last up around 5.6% and further gains could be in store with the technicals looking positive. APE has recently found decent support both its 21 and 50DMAs and looks to be in a short-term uptrend, suggesting a break above the 100DMA near $4.50 looks to be on the cards.

APE in an uptrend. Source: TradingView

If APE was able to break above $4.50, that would be meaningful as it would mark a breakout above a downtrend that has been in play since early August. It could thus open the door to a swift test of not only the 200DMA near $5.0, but also the September highs in the mid-$6.0s and then the August highs in the upper $7.0s.

Can Apecoin break above its longer-term downtrend? Source: TradingView

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