Even though it does not happen all that often, the Monero price is going through a very positive spell right now. Some of the project’s recent developments have [finally] received the attention they deserve. A reduction in transaction size combined with lower fees make XMR one of the cheaper currencies to use today.
In the altcoin industry, there are two ways to boost the value of a specific currency. The first option is generating a lot of hype by getting listed on new exchanges. That strategy appears to work quite well for a lot of projects, albeit it doesn’t serve a long-term purpose Option two is to build a better infrastructure, which is exactly what the Monero developers have been doing.