This week, the XRP/USD pair sharply corrected downwards within the framework of the general market trend and tested the 0.3418 mark (Murray [2/8]).
The cryptocurrency market suddenly found itself under serious pressure amid the conflict between the two largest digital platforms. At the beginning of the week, the head of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, announced the company's withdrawal from the investment agreement with FTX and the refusal to operate with its own token of this FTT exchange. This decision was caused by suspicions of overstating the balance sheet of Alameda Presearch. As a result, the FTX platform began to experience significant liquidity problems, investors began to withdraw funds, and the value of FTT sharply decreased, pulling the leading cryptocurrencies with it. After that, the management of both platforms had to realize that if the consequences of this situation were similar to the fall of the LUNA token, the entire digital asset sector would be greatly damaged, investors would lose interest in it or be wary of it, and regulators would make new efforts to limit the activities of the cryptocurrency community. As a result, Sam Bankman-Fried and Changpeng Zhao agreed to sell FTX assets to Binance exchange, which should ensure the preservation of its clients' funds. This decision, however, has not yet been able to stabilize the market and the fall in prices of leading assets continues.
The XRP token reacted to the current situation with a decline and is now close to the support zone of 0.3418-0.3360 (Murray [2/8], October lows). In case of its breakdown, the decline will continue to the levels of 0.3173 (Murray [1/8]), 0.2929 (Murray [0/8]). The key for the "bulls" is the level of 0.3906 (Murray [4/8], the middle line of the Bollinger Bands), consolidation above which will give the prospect of growth to the levels of 0.4394 (Murray [6/8]), 0.4638 (Murray [7/8]).
Technical indicators point out the possibility of continuing the decline: the Bollinger Bands are moving to a horizontal movement, the Stochastic is directed downwards, and the MACD histogram has moved into a negative zone.
Resistance levels: 0.3906, 0.4394, 0.4638. | Support levels: 0.3360, 0.3173, 0.2929.