XRP hits 13-month high versus Bitcoin with 35% daily surge — But is a correction inevitable?

XRP hits 13-month high versus Bitcoin with 35% daily surge — But is a correction inevitable?

The XRP price rally appears to be driven by a “buy-the-rumor” frenzy in a potential lawsuit win for Ripple versus the SEC.

XRP price posted a sharp rally against Bitcoin (BTC) on continued optimism about a potential settlement between Ripple, a San Francisco-based blockchain payment firm, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Settlement rumors fuel XRP price boom 

On Sept. 23, the XRP/BTC pair surged to 0.00002877 — its best level in 13 months — from 0.00002132, a 35% price rally versus Bitcoin in one day. Meanwhile, the same timeframe saw XRP rising as much as 42% against the U.S. dollar.

XRP/BTC and XRP/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView

The big price leaps in the XRP market started appearing after Ripple and SEC filed motions for a summary judgment with the court on Sept. 12 regarding their ongoing legal battle over allegations that Ripple hcommitted securities fraud.

In other words, Ripple and SEC agreed that the court should use the available evidence to reach a verdict on whether the blockchain firm illegally raised funds by selling XRP by December 2022, and thus avoid a trial. 

XRP’s price has boomed approximately 75% and 60% versus Bitcoin and the dollar, respectively, since Ripple’s court filing, fueled by optimism of a possible win for Ripple.

The buying accelerated further after Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse suggested the same in his recent interview with Fox Business on Sept. 22.

Garlinghouse:

“People realize that the SEC is really overreaching and they are not following a faithful allegiance to the law in pursuit for an outcome […] The SEC has kind of lost its way.”

XRP sharks and whales buying since 2020

The price surge also comes amid the consistent accumulation of XRP tokens by rich investors csince May.

The percentage of entities holding between 1 million and 10 million XRP tokens — known as sharks and whales — has risen as a whole to 6.35% on Sept. 23, 2022, up from 5.43% on Dec. 31, 2020, according to data from Santiment, which noted: 

“Active shark & whale addresses holding 1m to 10m $XRP have been in an accumulation pattern since late 2020.”

Active XRP shark and whale addresses. Source: Santiment

Meanwhile, the given period also witnessed entities with over 10 million XRP tokens reaching an all-time low 70.75% of the current supply. 

Pain ahead?

It appears that traders have been buying the rumor in the run-up to the Ripple vs. SEC verdict. But while it remains to be seen if this will then turn into “sell the news,” depending on the outcome of the ruling, XRP’s technicals are hinting at a potential correction.

Notably, XRP has already become an overbought asset versus Bitcoin and the dollar.



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