Stellar Lumens Leads Market Recovery After MobileCoin Crowdraise

Stellar Lumens led the cryptocurrency price recovery on Thursday after a privacy-based ICO by the name of MobileCoin raised $30 million using the Stellar Consensus Protocol. The announcement drew greater foot traffic to XLM despite a broad pullback in the market mid-week.

XLM/USD Price Levels

The value of Stellar Lumens (XLM/USD) is up nearly 17% at the time of writing to trade at $0.404. The cryptocurrency is trading just a fraction of a cent below its most recent two-month high set on Tuesday.

Lumens, which normally trades against other major cryptocurrencies, was last valued at 0.000044 BTC (+4.8%) and 0.000618 ETH (+4.8%).

Daily trading volumes amounted to $187 million, according to data provided by CoinMarketCap. Binance is the largest market for XLM, with roughly one-quarter of total transactions processed through the exchange. Poloniex and Upbit each represent roughly one-fifth of the XLM market.

Stellar led a strong market recovery on Friday, with every coin in the top-25 recording gains. At the time of writing, the cryptocurrency market was valued at $415.5 billion with total transaction volumes worth $27.4 billion.

MobileCoin ICO

The conclusion of MobileCoin’s multi-million-dollar ICO was a large catalyst for the XLM rally on Thursday. The privacy-based mobile token employs the Stellar Consensus Protocol to streamline mobile payments more quickly.

Once the MobileCoin network is launched, users will be able to integrate mobile payment features with popular messaging programs, such as WhatsApp. The Canadian startup is backed by Binance Labs and other prominent players in the blockchain industry. It launched its token sale via Ethereum, where one MOBL token was valued at $0.10. The crowdraise easily topped the soft cap target of $20 million. The funding round was denominated largely in bitcoin and ether.

Stellar’s integration with MobileCoin is significant for several reasons. For starters, it gives Stellar a foothold in the mobile payment market at a time when more blockchain-based startups are looking to disrupt the space. This means Stellar could become the bridge for users looking to use blockchain solutions to send and receive money through instant messaging services.

Secondly, Stellar is already positioning itself as a possible launchpad for initial coin offerings. Although MOBL is not a Stellar-based project, integration with SCP suggests companies are attracted to the platform’s speed and scalability. While Ethereum is the undisputed king of the ICO market, Stellar has put forward favorable solutions for overcoming the so-called gas problem.

As a value proposition, Stellar has carved out a strong presence in the top-ten cryptocurrencies when measured in terms of market cap. The platform is currently No. 8 with a total value of $7.5 billion, which is roughly $120 million shy of Cardano.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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