Cardano is now a top-three cryptocurrency as ADA price soars 27% in 24 hours

Cardano’s Ada received a fresh wave of optimism and buying volume on Feb. 26 that pushed its price to a new all-time high of $1.29, making it the third-ranked cryptocurrency by market capitalization.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that Ada surged 27% from a low of $0.98 during the early trading hours on Feb. 26 to its new high at $1.29 on record trading volume.

ADA/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Momentum for the project has been building throughout the month of February following the integration of the Mary upgrade to Cardano’s testnet on Feb. 3. The upgrade enables smart contract functionality, helping transform the blockchain into a multiasset network similar to Ethereum.

Mary’s mainnet launch date revealed

The latest rise in price coincided with Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson posting the following tweet, indicating Mary would be live on the mainnet at the beginning of the next epoch on March 1:

Ada briefly spiked to $1.17 following the announcement before pressures in the broader cryptocurrency market pushed it back below the $1.00 level on Feb. 25.

Thereafter, the trading volume for Ada has surged to a new record of $12.8 billion, helping elevate it to a new all-time high. The open interest for Ada futures also rose to $580 million, surpassing Litecoin (LTC) to become the third-largest derivatives market.

According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, meanwhile, market conditions for Ada have been favorable for some time.

The VORTECS™ score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent…

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