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It took just four minutes for a relatively unknown cryptocurrency to rise by over 5,600% as of Nov. 5, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
Dubbed Phoenix Global (PHB), the token soared from $0.02057 to as high as $1.1413 Friday, with its volume surprisingly dropping from $3.79 million to around $777,680 in the same period.
Nonetheless, at the core of the massive PHB pump was a token migration and a technical glitch.
Fake PHB pump?
In detail, Phoenix Global announced September that it would shift its enterprise decentralized application solutions from the Neo blockchain to Binance Smart Chain (BSC). In doing so, the team also proposed to migrate its NEO-based native asset PHX to PHB, a BEP-20 standard token, with a “redenomination” set at 100:1 (100 PHX = 1 PHB).
The said migration commenced on Nov. 2 and effectively reduced Phoenix Global’s official token’s supply from around 3.5 billion to 35 million. Meanwhile, the resolution led to the new PHB tokens trading 100 times higher than the pre-swap dollar price.
That triggered chaotic calculations at CoinMarketCap, for it started comparing the value of old coins with the new ones while treating their supply cap the same as 3.5 billion. As a result, it led traders into believing that PHB’s market valuation had grown 56 times in less than five minutes, hitting $4.24 billion to become the 52nd largest.
“The project had undergone a re-denomination, and this affected the largest volume market pair on one exchange,” CoinMarketCap explained in private comments.
Just a glitch, after all
The cost to purchase one PHB token did not grow as boasted. On the contrary, the token dropped by more than 32% to $0.947 after debuting on Binance on Nov. 5, as shown in the chart below.
Earlier this year, a technical glitch on CoinMarketCap had also pushed Wrapped Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that acts as Bitcoin’s mirror within the Ethereum ecosystem, to the top crypto spot.
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