Ripple has been delivered another blow by the court, with the judge denying it access to SEC employees’ crypto trading records and holdings
Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn has denied Ripple’s motion to obtain documents about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s preclearance decisions regarding cryptocurrency trading as well as the staff’s personal holdings.
According to the court, the defendants have failed to justify the intrusion into employees’ financial conduct.
When it comes to SEC employees’ crypto holdings, the judge notes that disclosing such information has been prohibited by Congress in order to protect the privacy of government employees:
Defendants are not entitled to SEC employees’ annual certifications of XRP purchases, sales, and holdings.
As reported by U.Today, Ripple intended to get its hands on the annual certifications of SEC staff that would show the amount of crypto they owned in aggregate.
Particularly, the company wanted to find out whether the staff was able to trade XRP prior to March 9, 2019, when the official investigation order in the case was issued.
The defendants claimed that individual trading decisions could shed light on the lack of regulatory clarity with regard to digital assets. The SEC, however, argued that the trading reports of its employees were “presumably confidential.”
The judge asserts that the regulator’s preclearance process is irrelevant to the case since it does not involve determining whether a certain cryptocurrency is a security. Moreover, revealing how the agency’s Ethics Counsel perceived each individual decision could lead to “collateral litigation disputes.”
The judge also denied the SEC access to the bank records of Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen in early April.
XRP price on edge of cliff as Ripple faces imminent collapse
- XRP price falls below key Ichimoku levels on the weekly chart.
- Key oscillator divergence may hint at near-term support.
- The threat of a 34% drop, however, remains likely.
XRP price followed the rest of the cryptocurrency market lower over the weekend. The US Thanksgiving holiday gave cryptocurrency traders and investors some early Black Friday deals, but downside risks remain.
XRP price drops below weekly Ichimoku Cloud, threatening flash crash conditions
XRP price completed the most bearish weekly candlestick close within the Ichimoku system since the week of February 28th, 2020, last week.. The candlestick closed below its final Ichimoku support level, the Kijun-Sen ($0.957). XRP now has very little support structure remaining and will now rely on the Chikou Span as its final hope of support.
The saving grace for XRP bulls is where the Chikou Span is positioned. For an Ideal Bearish Ichimoku Breakout entry to occur, the Chikou Span must be below the bodies of the candlesticks and in open space. Open space is a condition where the Chikou Span won’t intercept the body of any candlesticks horizontally over the next five to ten periods. For the open space condition to be accurate, XRP price would need to close at or below $0.59.
Some bullish warning signals are flashing, however, and could trigger some covering by short-sellers. Currently, XRP price has bounced off the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at $0.84 to return above the Kijun-Sen. Another factor contributing to the bounce is the Chikou Span moving above the body of the candlesticks for the first time since the August 13th weekly candlestick.
XRP/USDT Weekly Ichimoku Chart
There is an almost imperceptible hidden bullish divergence between the candlestick chart and the Composite Index. Hidden bullish divergence is when an oscillator creates lower lows while the price chart creates higher lows. Only valid if the prior trend was up – hidden bullish divergence is an early indicator that the prior uptrend will continue. Contributing further to some near-term support is the Relative Strength Index holding the oversold levels of 50 and 40 as support.
Bulls ultimately need XRP price to close at or above the $1.18 level to establish a clear and renewed bull market.
Ripple (XRP) Marketing Narratives No Drama Bells and Whistles
Ripple XRP Marketing Narratives are not Impressing Long-Term Holders in terms of profits.
Worry Wort Investors who have been holding XRP are like: It’s $0.9 from $1.96. what is the point of all the success story posts, partnerships, and projects. XRP price is not going higher. Are you using distraction tactic? Investors have been waiting for several years for the price to go up.
There is no doubt that Ripple is a great project and they are successful in what they do in terms of cross-border payments. Did they ever over promise that the price of XRP will go very high? Or, Are the community assuming that the company implied the price of XRP will sky rocket?
Ripple Technology is great. It is not a scam like many other projects out here. It is doing a lot of good in terms of real-time use.
It just looks like not all cryptocurrencies or tokens are about profit making. Some tokens are about facilitating use cases that are applicable real time. Perhaps XRP is one such token with no drama, bells and whistles.
The kind of services delivered by Ripple requires some stability with the token they use as a mode of exchange. So, investors anticipating high profits need to rethink and know that high profits mean high risk and high volatility. This might not be true about XRP in terms of the kind of services it facilitates for Ripple. May be the expectations of investors is not as realistic.
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40 Million XRP Moved to Binance Exchange and Sold Immediately
Anonymous wallet moves a large number of coins to exchange while the cryptocurrency market recovers
While others decide to keep their coins in cold or hot wallets instead of exchanges, this XRP whale has moved a large volume of funds to a centralized exchange and, most likely, sold immediately.
According to transactional activity on the chain, an anonymous wallet ending in “kskkhi” has moved 40 million coins to a wallet owned by Binance centralized exchange.
Currently, the unknown wallet holds almost 13 million coins. The wallet received 40 million coins just a day before a large transaction from another unknown wallet that holds significantly more XRP.
The exchange between undisclosed whales is purely anonymous and has not been known to the public. The second wallet, which initially transacted 40 million coins to the wallet that sold it on Binance, is currently holding 156 million XRP coins.
The larger wallet might somehow be connected to another centralized exchange since it has been constantly receiving a large number of funds from it, including those 40 million coins.
The realization of coins on the Binance exchange could have led to the rapid retrace of XRP that has been moving with a 2.5% profit today. The current daily XRP volume on Binance is at 156 million coins. The transacted amount represents approximately 25% of the current daily trading volume on the exchange.
At press time, XRP is trading at $0.97 with 0.17% of daily growth that has peaked at 2.5%. Previously, Ripple faced a strong recovery by dropping below the $0.90 zone and then spiking back up to $0.96 in one day.