What happened

The roller-coaster ride that's been the crypto market this year has mostly provided stomach-churning downside for investors through the end of the second quarter. However, in recent weeks, many top cryptocurrencies have started to catch a bid, as investors consider the upside potential of various projects in the event another bull market could be ahead.

Today's rally has been led by Near Protocol (NEAR 0.37%)Theta (THETA 6.23%), and Chainlink (LINK 0.58%), which have appreciated 16.5%, 15.5%, and 5.9%, respectively, over the past 24 hours as of 2 p.m. ET. These moves vastly outpace the broader crypto market, which is up 2.5% over the same time frame.

Near's incredible rise today appears to be tied to reports that the protocol had encountered a breach similar to what Solana saw last week, with user private keys being accessed by attackers. However, Near reportedly took care of this vulnerability before any data was compromised, signaling the developer team behind this project knows what it's doing. That's always good.

Theta's incredibly volatile week appears to be ending on a strong note, with this token trading at its highest level in nearly three months. Interest around blockchain-based video distribution appears to remain high, with investors looking for more obscure projects with high-growth potential in this market rally.

Investors in Chainlink appear to be cheering another integration, with Layer 2 project Metis announcing an integration with Chainlink Price Feeds yesterday.

So what

Near, Theta, and Chainlink are three projects that, like the broader market, remain well off their all-time highs. However, with positive momentum building in these tokens, all three projects have hit highs not seen in weeks or months.

Whether this signals that another bull market could be on the horizon or that it's the latest bear market rally remains to be seen. However, it's clear that these three tokens are in focus for growth investors looking for enticing opportunities in the crypto sector.

Now what

The individual catalysts driving these respective tokens higher aren't necessarily earth-shattering in nature. Accordingly, it's likely we'll see some further consolidation and price discovery, even if the overall trend is higher. Right now, it's hard to picture another rally taking place, considering the macro environment we have in front of us.

Today's better-than-expected jobs report is the latest "good news is bad news" event for the equities market, which looked negatively upon higher rates along the yield curve. While the crypto sector has finally seen some divergence from stocks (at least for the time being), if investors are reinvigorated in their bearish view of risk assets, these tokens could be due for a bumpy ride ahead.