Ripple’s XRP may be grinding lower at the time of writing. However, this digital asset has shown great potential to the extent that experts and analysts in the market see it becoming the king of cryptocurrencies by displacing Bitcoin (BTC). The digital asset is issued by the San Francisco-based blockchain company, Ripple. The company has for a while now been referred to as the “banker’s delight.”
Bankers across the globe have grown a liking and a preference for XRP. Ripple’s blockchain system provides an alternative to the traditional money transfer system, SWIFT. The banks are growing weary of SWIFT due to the high cost of international transfers coupled with the long time taken to process and complete transactions. What XRP offers the commercial banks and other payment institutions is the ability to send money across the border almost instantly and at a minimal cost as possible. These two factors save the banks money while the blockchain technology increases the transparency hence increasing customer trust.
Bitcoin has been improved over the year to solve some of the above issues. However, for a large digital asset, it is not easy to carry out upgrades due to the large community. Upgrades in the protocol have always resulted in hard forks that rarely solve the challenges facing BTC. Therefore, the biggest question is, can Ripple’s XRP overtake Bitcoin and take over leadership in the market in terms of market capitalization?
The above question is not a straightforward but we will try to remain as factual as possible. The adoption of XRP across the world is immense. The company said in mid-2018 that it has control of more than half of India’s market. In addition to more than 100 partners registered with Ripple’s RippleNet. Recently, Ripple announced its entrance in the Middle East by setting up an operational base in the region’s economic hub, Dubai. Similarly, the company is currently courting the expansive Asian region. An executive of the company said earlier this week that Asia has a high appetite for XRP and both RippleNet and xRapid solutions.
What makes XRP tick?
Ripple boasts of the fact that its protocol has no forks. The digital asset is governed by a team of professionals within a professionally run company that has been registered and currently based in San Francisco, United States. Forks in the Bitcoin community are a hindrance to growth in terms of protocol upgrade and other related improvements. While most hard forks lead to the creation other assets, Bitcoin tends to get stuck with its challenges thereby limiting adoption. The business community is still struggling to accept BTC as a form of payment 10 years since the first Satoshi paper was published. This is continuously eroding both merchant and customer confidentiality in Bitcoin being a new currency system in the global economy.
What is stopping XRP?
The current 2nd largest digital asset, XRP has not been cleared from being a security token. Regulators have not made up their minds either to categorize the asset as a security or a cryptocurrency. This has for the longest time held XRP back, for example, the largest exchange in the U.S. Coinbase has not listed XRP as a tradable asset. If the asset can get cleared, XRP is likely to continue with its exponential growth to the point that it will surpass Bitcoin’s market capitalization. The introduction of an XRP ETF will be a huge boost as well.
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Ripple Price Analysis: XRP Lost Critical 5000 SAT Support Area – What’s Next?
Ripple’s XRP has seen a price decline totaling 6% over the past 24 hours of trading, bringing the current price for the coin down to around $0.3754 at press time. The cryptocurrency has lost a further 16% over the past 7 trading days.
This price drop largely is due to the retracement seen in Bitcoin, although XRP also has seen difficulty when priced against Bitcoin.
XRP currently is ranked in 3d place amongst the top cryptocurrency projects by market cap value, holding a $15.89 billion market cap, according to CoinMarketCap at time of publication.
Looking at the XRP/USD 1-Day Chart:
- Since our previous XRP/USD analysis, we can see that XRP/USD has fallen further from the $0.39 level, to where it currently is trading at around $0.375. XRP has strong resistance beneath it provided by the 200-day moving average around the $0.3615 level.
- From above: The nearest levels of resistance lie at $0.3790 and $0.3943. If the bulls can continue further above $0.40, higher resistance can be located at $0.4235, $0.4376 and $0.4617. Above this, further resistance lies at $0.48 and $0.50.
- From below: The nearest level of support now sits between $0.36 and $0.35. Beneath $0.35, further support is located at $0.34, $0.32 and $0.30.
- Trading volume has dropped significantly from the average level seen during May 2019.
- The RSI is in a precarious position as it hovers around the 50 level which indicates indecision within the market. If the RSI drops beneath 50, we can expect XRP/USD to head lower.
Looking at the XRP/BTC 1-Day Chart:
- Against Bitcoin, we can see XRP/BTC has now dropped further beneath the support at 5000 SAT to where it currently trades at press time, around 4850 SAT.
- From above: The nearest level of resistance now sits at 4910 SAT, 5000 SAT and 5090 SAT. Above 5100 SAT, further resistance exists at 5571 SAT, 5962 SAT and 6000 SAT.
- From below: The nearest level of support lies at 4731 SAT. Beneath this, further support is expected at 4500 SAT, 4323 SAT and 4000 SAT.
- Trading volume has also significantly declined toward the second half of May 2019.
- The Stochastic RSI suggests that price action will head further lower due to a bearish crossover in overbought conditions.
XRP: Massive amounts of cryptocurrency moved as Ripple, Nexo come into the picture
Market momentum in the cryptocurrency industry is of paramount importance, since it is often considered as an important marker in the propagation of crypto-use. Ever since the end of the crushing bear market, there have been several instances of massive amounts of cryptocurrencies being moved, especially when it comes to XRP, the third largest coin on the charts.
According to @WhaleAlert, a cryptocurrency data aggregator, there have been multiple drops of large XRP sums, amounting to a total of close to 26 million XRP. The first drop included a transfer of 10 million XRP from a Ripple Over-the-Counter distribution wallet to another unknown wallet in the cryptosphere.
The transfer amounted to a whopping $3.732 million and had a time stamp at 23 May 8:00 UTC. The transmitter address was rMaV5QT2ZCwVFArQ7sdQMxhtzg6mgqJ47h, while the receiver address was rEFtdHuyxgUjDL4t3gBsesQwHtnDy2W8rC.
The first transaction of 6.862 million XRP was preceded by another transfer of 6 million XRP, which occurred from an unknown wallet to a Nexo wallet. The unknown wallet’s address was rhCgcS11iumWeutBF4CPEu7G2zTXkh5oUZ, while the Nexo wallet’s address was rNrWGYBb9GJoRrZKqpH6PigQ2fdj7dRLyk.
The third significant XRP transaction that occurred in the space of 12 hours included another drop of 10 million XRP. The exact amount of XRP transferred was 10.11 million, moved from Ripple to an unknown wallet. The Ripple address on Bithomp was rhmc2XPEbmCN8MW6dcoMUGBuzzp65uKpEn, while the unknown wallet had an address of rH51tppA1cF5J75GS6MqaJhJfQFm2PPXG2.
Ripple and in turn, XRP, was also in the news recently after Ripple partner R3’s Corda released a statement that they were planning to further their partnership with credit union-centric CULedger. The press release from the organization stated,
“This will allow credit unions using CULedger’s network to choose from a variety of near-instant, secure and affordable domestic and cross-border payment options to meet theirs and their members’ needs.”
Ripple: XRP struggles amid downbeat Thursday crypto market
The third-largest digital currency in the world, XRP, had an encouraging start to yesterday’s session, as its price topped the $0.40 mark in early trading. However, the coin’s spell above $0.40 did not last long. After several hours of struggling to sustain trading at that level, XRP gave in to the pressure and returned to sub-$0.40 levels. The decline accelerated during the afternoon portion of the session, with its price tumbling to an intraday low of $0.373. The digital coin finished the session at $0.376, down from its opening price of $0.397.
XRP has remained on the defensive in today’s trading, mirroring a wide-spread crypto correction. As a result, the coin fell to a six-day low of $0.367 in the morning. The token’s performance has somewhat improved in more recent trading, which has allowed it to retake the $0.37 level.
Meanwhile, XRP has continued to experience strong market activity, although its trading volume has seen a drop from yesterday. According to data from digital currency tracker Coinmarketcap, around $1.9 billion worth of XRP coins have changed hands over the past 24 hours. The coin’s daily trading volume reached just over $2 billion on Wednesday.
XRP’s current struggles appear to be part of a larger downward correction that has affected most digital coins on the market. Earlier this month, XRP benefited from a strong bullish trend that saw many cryptocurrencies rising to new 2019 highs. XRP’s rally peaked at $0.474, which was reached on May 16, the same day that Bitcoin set its current 2019 high of $8,320.82.
In today’s trading, the XRP price stood at $0.373, as of 14:17 BST. The digital coin has lost 4.6% of its value in the past 24 hours, Coinmarketcap data shows. The coin’s total market cap currently stands at $15.7 billion.