Why did WazirX token (WRX) jump 30% after India announced its big crypto tax?

WazirX exchange’s native token, WRX, benefited the most from India’s latest U-turn on crypto this week.

WRX’s price jumps on India tax news

WRX’s price surged nearly 30% to over $1, hitting a three-week high after the Indian government had announced a new tax regime for the regional crypto sector, reversing entirely from its earlier strict stance that even contemplated an outright ban on the emerging industry.

$WRX – Up on news! https://t.co/Ln504eUZzm pic.twitter.com/zN3pW84DPY

— Yo! Crypto ₿ (@YoCrypto) February 1, 2022

In her budget speech on Tuesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government plans to tax the income from trading cryptocurrencies at 30%, which, while among the highest rates in the world, also means that digital assets are recognized in India and may soon gain legal status.

WRX’s price jumped after Sitharaman’s speech, which was probably due to its association with an India-based crypto exchange, WazirX. The WRX token serves as a utility token on the platform, benefitting users with trading fee discounts and access to new token airdrops. 

Another 250% rally ahead?

Utility tokens typically derive their value from speculations that their adoption would grow in tandem with the growth of their platform, one that is no longer in regulatory limbo. 

Javon Marks, an independent market analyst, predicted further price booms in the WRX market, noting that the WazirX token could climb toward $3.80 from its current $1 levels. At the core of his bullish analogy was a technical setup, as shown in the attached chart.

WRX/USD three-day price chart. Source: Javon Marks, TradingView

In detail, WRX’s ongoing price boom had its price break above a multi-month downward sloping resistance trendline. Marks noted that the breakout “technically” positions the WazirX token to rise by another 252% in the coming sessions to its April 2021 resistance targets.

“As long as WazirX holds this break, this target will remain pushable,” the analyst tweeted on Wednesday.

The statement also surfaced as the crypto market, on the whole, remained in a state of turmoil after a depressive…

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