SOL's price surge is linked to recent crypto developments, notably involving Robinhood, Infinex, and MarginFi platforms.

Solana’s native token, SOL, surged by double digits within a 24-hour period. At the time of reporting, SOL is valued at $161 after tapping $165 earlier, with a 24-hour trading volume of $3.7 billion, marking an increase of 56.6%.

According to CoinGecko data, SOL is the fifth largest cryptocurrency, with a market cap of $73.1 billion.

Robinhood and Infinex’s Announcements

This surge in SOL’s price can be attributed to several recent developments within the crypto space, notably involving major platforms such as Robinhood, Infinex, and MarginFi.

In a May 15 announcement on Solana’s official X account, the Vlad Tenev-spearheaded firm announced that Robinhood Crypto, a digital asset trading platform, will launch a Solana-staking feature in Europe.

“Robinhood Crypto is excited to announce a series of new features specifically designed for its customers in Europe, including staking, localized apps, crypto rewards for new customers, and updated Learn & Earn modules,” the company stated.

Through the Robinhood Crypto app, customers can now stake their Solana (SOL) holdings, granting them the opportunity to earn rewards while maintaining the flexibility to unstake as desired.

The company also announced a bonus program for new customers, wherein they can receive a 10% bonus on their net purchases during their initial 30 days on the platform, with bonuses disbursed in USDC stablecoins.

Infinex, a decentralized perpetual contract trading platform launched by Synthetix, has also announced its support for Solana.

The integration of Solana into the Infinex platform opens up new opportunities for users, with the Total Value Locked (TVL) on the platform reaching 71,185,763.71 USDC since its launch. According to Infinex’s website, over 4.1 million USDC has already been locked in Solana.

Marginfi Reveals Solana’s First Liquidity Layer

In a May 15 announcement on X Marginfi, a decentralized portfolio margining protocol for trading on Solana revealed the L1 blockchain’s first Liquidity Layer.

Described as a new layer for performant DeFi, Marginfi’s Liquidity Layer offers a range of integrated, native yields, including natural staking yield through LST, native token yield through mrgnlend, and native stablecoin yield through YBX.

The surge in SOL’s price coincides with broader gains across the crypto market, which has risen by 4.7% in the last day to reach a total market capitalization of $2.5 trillion.

At writing time, Bitcoin (BTC) is currently trading at $66,000, marking a 5.7% increase in the last 24 hours. Ethereum (ETH) has experienced a 3.3% increase and is now trading at around $3,000.

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