This week, the XRP/USD pair had ambiguous dynamics: at first the price dropped to the area of 0.3690, then recovered some of the lost positions, rising to the level of 0.4074, but now it is declining again.
Currently, the instrument is under the influence of opposite factors. Thus, the weakening of the US currency contributes to the price increase on the eve of a likely slowdown in December in the pace of interest rate hikes by the US Fed. Earlier, this possibility was confirmed by the head of the American regulator Jerome Powell. Nevertheless, a significant strengthening of the positions of digital assets continues to be hindered by the negative associated with the bankruptcy of the FTX exchange. Additional pressure on XRP is exerted by the decision of Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency platform in the United States, to discontinue support for XRP, BCH, ETC and XLM tokens by the Coinbase Wallet, which is explained by the low volumes of their use. The management of the platform assured that investors will not lose their funds, but to access them it is necessary to use another electronic wallet and go through the recovery procedure. Some experts have suggested that this decision is due to the possibility of a negative outcome for Ripple in the lawsuit filed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to determine the status of XRP as a security.
Technically, the XRP/USD pair continues to trade within the long-term descending channel. The price has reached its upper limit and is currently trying to resume the decline, but for this it will need to consolidate below the middle line of the Bollinger Bands in the area of 0.3770. In this case, the quotes will be able to fall to the area of 0.3418 (Murray level [-1/8]) and 0.2930 (Murray level [-2/8]). In case of a breakout of the level of 0.4350 (Murray level [1/8], Fibo retracement 23.6%), the price will leave the descending channel and will be able to rise to the levels of 0.4883 (Murray level [2/8]), 0.5219 (Fibo retracement 38.2%).
Technical indicators do not give a single signal: the Bollinger Bands are horizontal, the Stochastic reverses upwards, the MACD histogram is stable in the negative zone.
Resistance levels: 0.4350, 0.4883, 0.5219. | Support levels: 0.3770, 0.3418, 0.2930.