While decentralized finance (DeFi) has seen a strong surge in 2020, Maker (MKR), a token strongly tied to DeFi, has underperformed. The cryptocurrency, relative to its competitors, is underperforming; where Aave’s LEND and Synthetix’s Synthetix Network Token surged hundreds of percent in this year alone, MKR only saw a 20-30% move higher.

The market may be changing its mind on MKR, though.

The coin is up 7% in the past 24 hours and seems poised to see further growth as the fundamentals of the underlying MakerDAO protocol align in favor of growth.

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Maker Surges 7% Higher Despite Stagnation in Bitcoin & Ethereum Prices

Santiment, a blockchain analytics firm, reports that the cryptocurrency has “the largest bullish divergence between daily active addresses and current price (based on historical means) of any top 100 #blockchain we track.” This suggests that MKR’s increasing user count is not being reflected in price action, but may soon be:

“On top of this, from a pure network activity perspective, $MKR currently has the largest bullish divergence between daily active addresses and current price (based on historical means) of any top 100 #blockchain we track.”

Chris Burniske, partner at Placeholder Capital, has echoed the optimism about Maker. He recently noted that most investors in the crypto space are currently “sleeping on MKR” despite the utility of the protocol “going through the roof” and as more research is done about how the coin captures value.

“People mostly sleeping on $MKR while utility goes through the roof, and conversations abound around its value capture model.”

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Adding to this, stability fees were just reimplemented into the MakerDAO protocol after a long period of 0% rates. This means that MKR may begin to accrue value once again as the protocol begins generating fees, resulting in the buying back and burning of MKR tokens.

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