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Cardano’s ADA token neared $2.40 on May 15 as a select few altcoins bucked the bearish mood to steal the spotlight from a weak Bitcoin (BTC).

ADA/USD 1-hour candle chart (Binance). Source: Tradingview

ADA in price discovery as $2.50 nears

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed ADA/USD climbing through the weekend to hit a record $2.38.

Traders had suspected that the long-awaited $2 would come into play in the short term, with Cardano bulls taking down resistance in one fell swoop overnight on Friday.

With $2 out of the way, price discovery mode was activated, which delivered the new all-time highs before a consolidation period began at around $2.30.

As such, Cardano was giving even previously successful altcoins such as Ether (ETH) a run for their money as most tokens saw losses on Saturday.

“$ADA is now narrowing the gap between $ETH & Altcoin Market Cap,” popular trader and analyst Rekt Capital noted on the day.

“ADA is now up +80% compared to ETH and Altcoin Market Cap which have both rallied +150%.”

PlanB on BTC price: I’m “excited”

Joining Cardano were only a handful of major cap altcoins, these led by Polygon (MATIC) which delivered 24-hour gains of 24% and weekly returns above 130%.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for MATIC on May 12, prior to the recent price rise. 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 price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. MATIC price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score peaked a 93 on March 12 before declining to the 60 range over the next 48 hours as MATIC price consolidated in a tightening range.

According to data from Cointelegraph Pro NewsQuakes, on May 14 Kraken exchange announced that it would list MATIC, GHST and RARI and a second NewsQuake highlighted that MATIC deposits and trading had commenced. 

NewsQuakes™. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

Hours before both NewsQuakes announcements the VORTECS™ score began to increase, peaking at a new high at 99 on May 15 as MATIC price rallied to $1.89

Others, such as Dogecoin (DOGE) and Ethereum Classic (ETC), delivered mild losses in line with the general trend. Bitcoin, having recovered some of its lost ground after falling 20% earlier in the week, stayed near the lower end of its trading range without managing to reclaim $50,000.

On short timeframes, however, fellow trader Scott Melker nonetheless highlighted bullish signals for Bitcoin’s relative strength index (RSI) — something which could deliver more solid progress in the coming days. 

For PlanB, creator of the stock-to-flow family of BTC price models, the RSI behavior was “typical” and comparable to the ranging seen before BTC/USD hit all-time highs in late 2017. 

“Bitcoin relative strength index (RSI): we are at the typical mid-bull-cycle drop in RSI (yellow circles), in between 2013 and 2017,” he commented alongside an accompanying chart.

“Excited about next couple of months.”

Bitcoin RSI chart vs. months between block subsidy halvings. Source: PlanB/ Twitter