- XLM price is stuck between $0.342 and $0.318 barriers as it ponders on a directional bias.
- Stellar launches the Matching Fund to help early-stage companies interested in building on the XLM blockchain.
- A decisive close above $0.342 and $0.355 will open the path for a retest of $0.426.
XLM price has been consolidating since the October 6 rally. In fact, Stellar looks to be on a slow downswing. Due to this development, the altcoin has slid between a stiff resistance level and a stable support floor. Therefore, XLM price needs to shatter either of the barriers to kick-start a move.
Stellar launches the Matching Fund
This development from SDF comes as an extension of its strategic venture-style investments to help grow the Stellar ecosystem. Matching Fund falls within the purview of the Enterprise Fund and will invest in or fund early-stage companies that are in the pre-Series B level and are building on the Stellar blockchain.
The blog stated,
The Matching Fund will match up to $500,000 USD in investment made by a lead investor in a company and processes deals through an expedited process.
Moreover, the Enterprise Fund will continue to support investments across all stages but shift to later stage investments up to Series E (pre-IPO).
With Ripple/XRP, its main rival facing the SEC, Stellar/XLM has received a wide birth to make headway in the remittance industry. Stellar is making good use of this freeway as it recently announced a partnership with MoneyGram, who broke off the collaboration after the SEC sued Ripple.
XLM price vies to head higher
XLM price rose roughly 15% on October 6 on the MoneyGram announcement and sliced through the $0.342 resistance barrier. This uptrend set up equal highs at $0.358. However, soon after the local top, Stellar buyers failed to sustain this ascent, leading to a downswing to $0.325.
Therefore, the $0.342 and $0.358 barriers currently serve as resistance barriers, and XLM price needs to overcome these to have any upswing opportunities.
A decisive close above $0.342 will be an initial confirmation that the buyers are interested, but a 12-hour candlestick close above $0.358 will set up a higher high and indicate the start of a new uptrend. In this case, XLM price could rally and tag the $0.426 supply level, constituting a 26% ascent from the current position.
XLM/USDT 12-hour chart
While things are looking good for XLM price, a failure to slice through $0.342 and $0.358 will reveal a weakness among buyers or absence of buying pressure. In such a scenario, Stellar will likely revisit $0.300, a breakdown of which will invalidate the bullish thesis.