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SEC vs Ripple Case Turns 2: What Next for XRP Price?



The XRP price drifted upwards as investors reflected on the ongoing SEC vs Ripple case. Ripple rose to a high of $0.348, which was slightly above this month’s low of $0.3330. It remains about 15% below the highest level this month, giving it a market cap of more than $17 billion.

SEC vs Ripple case turns 2

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched one of the biggest lawsuits in the industry on December 20th, 2020. It accused Ripple Labs and its top officials of selling securities to investors without following the right process.

Ripple has denied claims that XRP is a security. Instead, it has insisted that XRP is a normal cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and Litecoin. It has continued defending itself aggressively against the case.

The SEC and Ripple have had different victories along the way. The most recent victory by Ripple was a ruling that allowed its lawyers to have access to a speech by William Hinman, a former SEC director. Ripple argues that his speech will provide more evidence that the SEC knew that XRP was not a security.

It is still too early to predict who will win between the SEC and Ripple. Still, analysts believe that the XRP price will do well regardless of who wins in court. For one, the worst-case scenario will likely be that Ripple will be asked to pay a fine and change its business model. 

In most cases, stocks tend to do well after a major court ruling since it usually leads to more clarity for the future. The same situation will likely happen when the SEC vs Ripple case ends. 

Meanwhile, the XRP price will also react to the latest actions by the Federal Reserve. In its decision last week, the Fed said that it will continue hiking interest rates in the coming months. If this happens, the terminal rate will likely be at 5.1%.

XRP price prediction

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The four-hour chart shows that Ripple price has been in a slow comeback in the past few days. It has managed to move above the important resistance level at $0.3460, the lowest level on November 21. The coin dropped below all moving averages while the Stochastic Oscillator pointed upwards.

Therefore, Ripple will likely continue rising in the coming days as the Santa rally gets underway. If this happens, the next key level to watch will be at $0.3600.


Solana Price Outlook Amid Cautious Optimism




Solana price has been struggling to break above the key resistance level of $21.10 over the past few days. Earlier in August, the digital asset encountered a strong rejection at the crucial resistance level of $25.45, curtailing gains above the fashionable level of $30. Even so, the smart contract token is among the best-performing cryptocurrencies so far this year, with a 102.61% jump in its year-to-date price. SOL’s total market cap has climbed by more than 5% over the last day to $8 billion, while the total volume of the asset traded over the same period increased by 40%.

Brighter Future Ahead?

Solana price faced significant challenges in 2022, including a 93% decline in its total market capitalization and a 96% drop in its total value locked (TVL). However, the SOL network has posted significant resilience in 2023, defying general market movements. Priority fees and network upgrades have contributed to a consistent 100% network uptime.

The Solana DeFi ecosystem has also shown significant recovery, with a 41% growth in the TVL. Its liquid staking derivatives have also played a role in the asset’s renaissance. The ecosystem has expanded into other sectors such as NFTs, gaming, and consumer-based applications, driven by technical advancements like state compression.

Notably, Solana recently admitted that the network has been facing difficulties in the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector. Even so, it believes that its new strategy will help it regain its foothold and…

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Bitcoin Price Outlook Ahead of Powell’s Speech




Bitcoin price has been relatively stable over the past few days after volatility picked up during the weekend, pushing the price lower by more than 3%. At the time of writing, the flagship cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was trading at $26,255.55. As it continues to dominate the crypto market, ranking 1st, its total market capitalization slightly declined over the past day to $5.12 billion. Additionally, the total volume of BTC traded over the same period slumped by more than 32%.

Economic Concerns

Data published on Tuesday showed that the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined in September to 103.0, down from a revised 108.7 in August. This was its lowest level since May 2023 and marked two consecutive months of decline. The Present Situation Index, which measures consumers’ assessment of current business and labor conditions, rose slightly to 147.1 from 146.7.

The Expectations Index, which measures the consumers’ near-term prospects for business, income, and labor market conditions, dipped to 73.7 in September, down from 83.3 in the prior month. The Expectations Index fell below the crucial level of 80, which signals a recession within the next year. Consumer fears of a looming recession also ticked higher in September amid the short-term economic contraction anticipated in the first half of 2024.

Focus will be on Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s speech on Thursday which is likely to add volatility and create a bearish environment for traders. As such,…

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Ethereum Price Faces Rejection at $1,620 in the Wake of Market Challenges




Ethereum price has been struggling in recent weeks on the back of its unstable on-chain performance and global economic uncertainty. The general market performance has not helped much either, as most altcoins have failed to hold an upside momentum. Ethereum, one of the most valuable assets in the cryptocurrency market, has dipped by nearly 3% in the past week and more than 5% in the month to date.

Fundamental Analysis

Ethereum price has been on a consistent bearish trajectory over the past few weeks against the backdrop of a dull crypto market and a stronger dollar. The dollar index, which measures the performance of the greenback against six major currencies, has been hovering around its highest level since December 2022 since Thursday. At press time, the dollar index was trading higher at 105.720. A stronger dollar tends to be bearish for risk assets, particularly cryptocurrencies.

Investors have been assessing the economic outlook, considering what could be next for interest rates and the economy, ahead of a string of key economic data due later this week. Investors will be looking at the data from the housing sector, as well as the CB Consumer Confidence data slated for Tuesday. Additionally, the quarterly GDP data for Q2 is expected to be published later Thursday, concurrently with the initial jobless claims.

The Fed’s favorite inflation gauge, the personal consumption expenditure index (PCE), is also expected to be published on Friday. Various…

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