XRP price hits new 2024 peak alongside Coinbase filing that reveals contradictory SEC stance on digital assets

  • XRP price climbed to $0.7440 on Monday, a new year-to-date high. 
  • Coinbase filing shows SEC’s contradicting statements on digital assets in the Ripple lawsuit and Hinman speech. 
  • XRP Ledger’s AMM amendment and the upcoming deadline in SEC vs. Ripple are likely behind the latest rally.  

XRP price tagged the $0.7440 level on Monday, after trading below the $0.66 resistance for weeks. The altcoin’s rally to a new year-to-date high, which lost some steam on Tuesday, is likely catalyzed by XRP holders’ anticipation surrounding the upcoming opening brief deadline in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit against Ripple and the recently passed Automated Market Maker (AMM) amendment for XRP Ledger. 

Meanwhile, Coinbase’s recent filing in its lawsuit against the US SEC  highlighted the financial regulator's contradictory stance on digital assets. The XRP community and pro-Ripple attorneys commented on the exchange’s filing and its possible implications for the SEC vs. Ripple lawsuit. 

Also read: XRPLedger’s AMM activation could have a positive effect on Ripple, XRP

Daily digest market movers: Coinbase filing shows inconsistencies in SEC’s stance

  • Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges by volume, filed a motion against the SEC and highlighted the regulator’s contradictory stance on digital assets. The exchange’s filing shows the SEC’s conflicting statements from 2018 and 2021. 


Coinbase Filing. Source: X 

  • There is a direct relationship between Coinbase’s filing and the outcome of the Ripple lawsuit as Coinbase is challenging the SEC’s allegations that the exchange is involved in the sale of unregistered securities. 
  • On March 12, Coinbase filed an opening brief in the Third Circuit challenging the regulator’s denial of the rulemaking petition. 
  • The exchange’s Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal says there are dozens of legitimate concerns that the exchange raises in their petition, and questions the SEC’s authority over digital assets.
  • Coinbase’s filing has an impact on the SEC’s lawsuit against payment giant Ripple since the exchange also questions the regulator’s authority to rule over crypto assets. 
  • The SEC vs. Ripple lawsuit continues to influence XRP price and sentiment of XRP holders since the cross-border payment firm is one of the largest holders of the altcoin. 

Technical Analysis: Towards November 2023 high

XRP price is in an uptrend. Looking at the daily chart, XRP price tagged a new year-to-date high of $0.7440 on Monday, and settled above support at $0.6886. This coincides with the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level of the altcoin’s run to the new 2024 high. On the upside, the target for XRP price is the November 2023 high of $0.7500.

Still, XRP price has corrected to $0.6940 on Tuesday. The pair finds support at the 78.6% and 61.8% Fibonacci retracement levels at $0.6886 and  $0.6452, respectively. 

The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) and Awesome Oscillator (AO) support the altcoin’s gains. The green bars in both momentum indicators signal the uptrend is intact and there is positive momentum in XRP/USDT. 


XRP/USDT 1-day chart 

If the daily candlestick closes below the 78.6% Fib retracement at $0.6886, the bullish thesis could be invalidated. XRP price could sweep the support at 50% Fib retracement at $0.6147 before attempting a recovery.


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