XRP climbs to $0.58 as SEC pushes for deadline extension in Ripple lawsuit


  • XRP price climbed to $0.58, inching closer to $0.60 target on Wednesday. 
  • The SEC has requested a change to the remedies briefing deadlines in its lawsuit against Ripple. 
  • Ripple’s deadline to file an opposition brief could be extended to April 22, 2024. 

XRP price rallied on Wednesday in response to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) push to delay the remedies briefing deadline in its lawsuit against the payment remittance firm. 

The next key date for the SEC v. Ripple lawsuit, following the delay requested by the SEC is April 22, 2024. 

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Daily Digest Market Movers: Ripple lawsuit faces further delay

  • The SEC has revealed plans to delay the remedies briefing deadlines in its lawsuit against Ripple. 
  • Prior to the SEC’s request, Ripple had asked for an extension of the deadline for the discovery phase, in order to prepare the documents required by the regulator. 
  • The SEC’s push for delay implies that the regulator’s opening brief deadline will be extended to March 22, 2024 while Ripple’s deadline to file its opposition brief will be extended to April 22, 2024. 
  • The regulator’s deadline to file a reply to Ripple’s opposition brief will be extended to May 6, 2024. 
  • While the SEC’s bid for delay prolongs the legal battle between the payment remittance firm and the agency, it has likely catalyzed gains in XRPLedger’s native token, XRP. 
  • XRP price climbed on Wednesday, inching closer to its $0.60 target. 

Technical Analysis: XRP price could hit $0.60 target in its uptrend 

XRP price climbed to $0.58 on Wednesday. The altcoin is rallying closer to its $0.60 target. Bitcoin price sustained above the $57,000 level on Wednesday and the SEC bid to delay the remedies brief filing in the lawsuit against Ripple. These two factors are likely catalyzing XRP price gains. 

XRP price  is likely to rally towards its $0.6405 target, the 2024 high for the altcoin. In its uptrend XRP price faces resistance at the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement of the decline from the 2024 peak, at $0.6073. A successful break past this level could push XRP towards a new yearly high. 

The Moving Average Convergence/ Divergence (MACD) indicator, and the Awesome Oscillator (AO) support XRP price gains and show that the uptrend is intact. 

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XRP/USDT 1-day chart 

A daily candlestick close below the 50% retracement at $0.5629 could invalidate the bullish thesis for XRP and send the altcoin to support at the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at $0.5446. 

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