In a bizarre event, a cryptocurrency with the same name as SpaceX’s satellite range Starlink jumped over 140% as Elon Musk’s space technology company launched 53 of them into the Earth’s lower orbit.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 13, 2021
Written as StarLink (STARL), the little-known crypto rallied 13.70% on Nov. 13 — the day of the satellite launch, another 69% a day after it, and by up to 27% on Nov. 15. The massive upside move brought STARL’s net returns on investment by a little over 140% in just less than three days, data from the OKEx exchange shows.
STARL comes under the “Musk effect”
The name alone acted as a common denominator between StarLink the crypto and Starlink the SpaceX satellite wing. As a result, it appeared that traders merely pumped the crypto through coordinated efforts while attempting to cash in on SpaceX’s satellite launch event.
Some of the reasons include Musk’s influence on the crypto market as well as the rise of memecoins and “meme-stock” investing phenomenon as a whole.
It started with the billionaire investor tweeting in favor of Dogecoin (DOGE), a meme cryptocurrency, that pushed the token’s price to a record high of $0.76 in May 2021 following a 15,700%-plus year-to-date rally.
Musk’s decision to invest in Bitcoin (BTC) via his other company, Tesla, also led the flagship cryptocurrency up from around $39,000 in February 2021 to almost $65,000 in April 2021.
Meanwhile, his criticism of Bitcoin over its alarming carbon emissions was considered instrumental by many market analysts behind the notorious May 2021 crypto crash.
Additionally, Musk’s cryptic tweeting about his pet dog, a Japanese breed called Shiba Inu, helped fuel the price rally of its namesake token. Trading under the ticker SHIB, the cryptocurrency’s year-to-date returns by the end of October came out to be around 375%.
Most recently, another cryptocurrency named after Musk, namely Dogelon Mars, surged by more than 4,200% in October, underscoring how the “Musk effect” influenced crypto markets.
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However, per its white paper, StarLink operates as a standalone crypto project, with no connection to SpaceX’s satellites.
It presents itself as a “decentralized metaverse project,” with STARL acting as its official default currency, helping users to purchase everything from services such as gaming to virtual real estate.
What’s next for StarLink the crypto?
The latest bout of STARL buying has pushed its price higher but has failed to generate adequate price momentum.
As shown in the chart below, STARL’s price has been forming higher highs through the ides of November, but its relative strength index (RSI) has been sloping downward, painting lower highs instead. That signals a classic bearish divergence due to a lack of follow-through upside momentum.
As a result, STARL may undergo a price correction in the coming sessions as its ongoing parabolic support attempts to keep it from testing $0.00064 as an interim downside target.
Nevertheless, holding above the said price floor could have STARL bulls retest the token’s record high near $0.00087.
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