Ripple transaction count exceeds 1.38 million, XRP price likely to extend gains

  • XRP transaction count crossed the 1.38 million mark for the first time since August 18. 
  • The SEC’s trials and tribulations on the Ripple lawsuit are relevant as XRP community expects a settlement of the case. 
  • XRP price consolidated below the $0.6400 level, as the altcoin eyes come back to $0.7500. 

Ripple (XRP) remains a talking point among retail market participants that expect a settlement in the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) lawsuit against the cross-border payment remittance firm. Amidst talks of settlement, there is a notable spike in the XRP transaction count.

XRP price traded sideways below $0.6400 throughout December, analysts predict a recovery in the altcoin. 

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Daily Digest Market Movers: XRP holders await settlement in SEC v. Ripple lawsuit, transaction activity in Ripple rises

  • XRP holders are awaiting a settlement in the SEC’s lawsuit against Ripple, anticipation brews in the ecosystem. The closed doors meeting between the US SEC and Ripple on November 30, fueled hopes of a settlement talk between the two parties. Therefore, despite Ripple’s partial victory in the lawsuit, the SEC case continues to influence XRP holders’ outlook on the altcoin. 
  • The transaction activity in XRP is on a rise since mid-August 2023, it crossed the 1.38 million mark for the first time in three months, according to data from XRPscan. 

XRP transactions

Number of XRP transactions executed Source:

  • Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple CEO, shared his views on the SEC vs. Ripple lawsuit, with CoinDesk. Garlinghouse believes that if Ripple had failed to achieve a partial victory in the lawsuit and if the case against the executives had not been dismissed, the SEC would pursue litigation against other crypto projects aggressively. 
  • A possibility for settlement remains as XRP holders look forward to hearing dates scheduled by Judge Analisa Torres for 2024. 

Technical Analysis: XRP price comeback to $0.75 remains likely

XRP price has been trending below the $0.6500 mark since the beginning of December 2023. XRP’s uptrend remains intact and the altcoin is likely to attempt a comeback to the $0.7500 level, previously seen on November 13. 

XRP price is nearly 17% away from the target. The altcoin has support of the 10-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at $0.6209. In its rally towards the $0.7500 target, XRP price could face resistance at the 50% retracement level ($0.6820) of the decline from its July 13 local top of $0.9403 to the August 17 bottom of $0.4237. 


XRP/USDT 1-day chart 

In the event of a decline, XRP price could find support at the 50-day EMA at $0.6014. A daily candlestick close below the 50-day EMA could invalidate the bullish thesis for XRP price.

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