Solana’s (SOL) price is up today, buoyed by a modest recovery on the broader cryptocurrency market after enduring 48 hours of sustained selling pressure.

Why is Solana price up today?

Notably, on April 3, SOL’s price jumped approximately 5.75% to around $192. In doing so, the cryptocurrency fared better than the overall crypto market, which rose 2.2% in the same period.

SOL/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView

Memecoin mania continues

Solana’s gains today coincide with the recoveries in the market valuation of its viral memecoins, namely Dogwifhat (WIF) and Bonk (BONK).

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WIF and BONK have bounced 5.4% and 1.3% in the last 24 hours, respectively. Among the highest memecoin gainers in the Solana ecosystem are the newly launched Cat in the Dogs World (MEW) and Book of Meme (MEME), which rose 45% and 9.5% in the same period.

Solana memecoins hourly, daily, and weekly performances. Source: CoinGecko 

Solana’s bulls have lately responded positively to the launch of memecoin projects on its blockchain, with recent Franklin Templeton research noting that these so-called joke cryptocurrencies “have a strong relationship with their native networks.”

In theory, viral memecoin projects can potentially fuel speculative interest in their underlying blockchain network’s native tokens. For instance, Solana’s rival BNB Chain is even offering a $1 million reward to attract memecoin developers to its layer-one blockchain.

As a result, the surge in Solana-based memecoins recently has been closely aligned with a boom in the network’s total value locked (TVL); it has grown 70% so far in 2024 to reach 23.78 million SOL on April 3, indicating robust underlying demand for SOL. 

Solana’s TVL chart. Source: DefiLlama

Solana’s market dominance is rising

Solana’s upside move today further benefits from its growing market strength versus the rest of the cryptocurrencies.

Notably, the Solana Dominance Index (SOL.D), which measures SOL’s market capitalization against the broader crypto market, rose 3.95% on April 3. The index has grown 28% year-to-date, indicating growing capital rotation into Solana.

SOL.D daily performance chart. Source: TradingView

Institutional investors significantly contributed to Solana’s rising market prominence by channeling almost $25 million into SOL-based investment funds in March, according to CoinShares’ weekly report.

Crypto funds net flow by assets. Source: CoinShares

In comparison, Ethereum (ETH), Solana’s main rival, experienced a withdrawal of $67.2 million.

Solana pric technical analysis

From a technical perspective, Solana’s gains today come after bouncing from the lower trendline of its prevailing ascending triangle pattern.

Traditional analysts see ascending triangles as bullish continuation patterns if they form during an uptrend. As of April 3, SOL’s bounce from the triangle’s lower trendline signals a jump toward the upper trendline at around $205, up 8% from the current price levels, in the coming days.

SOL/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView

A potential break above the triangle’s upper trendline can position the price for a push toward $250 in April, up over 35% from current levels. Otherwise, the price may consolidate further inside the triangle range, eyeing $175.

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