Litecoin Halving Event Sparks Social Engagement and Price Speculations
The Litecoin (LTC) blockchain network is gearing up for its much-anticipated halving event, scheduled for Wednesday, August 2. This event marks the third halving in Litecoin’s 12-year history. Litecoin creator Charlie Lee explained during a recent Twitter live stream that halvings play a crucial role in promoting mass adoption while maintaining the network’s security.
Similar to Bitcoin, Litecoin uses a “proof-of-work” security system, where miners utilize computational resources to process transactions and safeguard the network. Miners receive rewards comprising transaction fees and a fixed “subsidy,” which undergoes a halving every four years, specifically after 840,000 transaction blocks, to control the rate of new Litecoin creation.
LTC price faces selling pressure as the highly anticipated halving event approaches
As the Litecoin halving approaches, social engagement around LTC has surged significantly. In June, LTC transactions accounted for 35% of all crypto payments, propelling Litecoin to surpass Bitcoin as the leading payment cryptocurrency. With an increase in Litecoin’s trading volume, the altcoin is gaining substantial ground in the crypto payment arena.
Historically, Litecoin’s price has exhibited fluctuations leading up to halving events. Past halvings resulted in price rallies followed by significant pullbacks. The first halving saw an 820% price rally, while the second caused a 550% price increase. However, both events were followed by notable price declines.
🚀 Litecoin activity is leading the market right now.
1⃣ A major social engagement spike to 2.16M social engagements within one hour occurred. This measures the depth of activity around social posts. Things like retweets, comments, etc. are included here to… pic.twitter.com/GY6qCLVR9S
— LunarCrush (@LunarCrush) July 30, 2023
Market experts and analysts are now closely observing the potential impact of the third halving on Litecoin’s price. Santiment, a prominent crypto analytics platform, predicts that Litecoin holders may trade within a price range of $9.5k to $950k, reflecting a bullish sentiment and high expectations for the upcoming event.
One acts as support between $87 and $90, where 625K addresses bought 7.8 million $LTC. The other one acts as resistance between $90 and $93, where 590K addresses hold 6 million #LTC. pic.twitter.com/PJjJR4TeHO
— Ali (@ali_charts) August 2, 2023
Despite a robust rally in June, the LTC price has recently faced selling pressure, with the price declining over the course of July, approaching the $90 mark. On-chain data provider Santiment notes strong trader capitulation in the hours leading up to the halving. Social dominance has surged, but signs of panic among traders have become evident, leading to increased volatility for LTC.
As the crypto community eagerly awaits the Litecoin halving, all eyes are on the potential impact on the coin’s price. The historical pattern of price rallies followed by declines adds to the anticipation surrounding this event. With the bullish sentiment prevailing in the market, investors and enthusiasts brace for what could be a transformative moment in Litecoin’s history.