Leading DeFi Tokens Post Fresh Gains as Wider Crypto Market Stalls

Leading DeFi Tokens Post Fresh Gains as Wider Crypto Market Stalls

While the market’s largest cryptocurrencies are mostly trading sideways, decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens, including Yearn Finance, Uniswap, Aave, and Compound, are all on the rise on Monday.

Leading the charge is YFI, the governance token for the Yearn Finance protocol, which is up 8.3% over the last day to $41,159, according to CoinGecko.

The token has jumped an impressive 32% over the last week and 49% in the past month, following the launch of a new buyback program. The program has introduced a new tokenomics structure to the protocol, likely boosting the price as the asset becomes scarcer on the open market.

$YFI is up $11,000 in the past few days.Looks like the market is starting to price in the new tokenomics structure. https://t.co/qCy92hHdql pic.twitter.com/faVgD9ZwVb— Matias Dorta 🟢 (@mattdorta) January 3, 2022

DeFi tokens see new updates, price rises

UNI, the governance token of the leading decentralized exchange Uniswap, is among the other top gainers of the day. It’s up 5.2% over the last 24 hours and is trading at a current price of $18.50 per CoinGecko.

One possible reason for UNI’s recent price spike is the launch of CivTrade, a new trading solution for Uniswap v3.

Available on the Ethereum mainnet and Polygon, CivTrade, as detailed in a blog post, enables traders to set limits and create an order book the same way they would on a centralized exchange. The tool also lets users specify the desired trade volume and the target price.

Hype is growing for @Uniswap v3! Trade $UNI with #CivTrade will allow you to receive >17% tokens than with a traditional swap. #UseCivTrade !Don't ask why, #WeAreCIV! Read below 🔍⬇️ pic.twitter.com/LTUfF0zs8o— ICEMAN (@GioCimmo) January 2, 2022

The project is also going multi-chain, thanks to the recent deployment of Uniswap v3 on Polygon, a scaling solution for creating Ethereum-compatible blockchains and Layer-2 scaling solutions.

AAVE, the native token of the popular decentralized lending platform Aave, is also on the rise of late.

The token is up 6.1% in the last day, trading hands at $276, with the recent addition of a new market for real-world assets among possible factors behind the price surge.

Similarly, COMP, the token powering the DeFi lending platform Compound, is up 4.6% over the past 24 hours to the current $222.9, per CoinGecko.

As major DeFi tokens rise, so does the combined total value locked (TVL) in the DeFi protocols, which is now back above the $254 billion mark, according to DefiLlama.

This figure is $6 billion from the all-time high set in early December 2021.

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