This week, the XRP/USD pair is trying to grow as part of the general market trend, trading around 0.3640 and adding about 8.0% in value.
The positive dynamics of quotes may be associated with the airdrop of the Flare token (FLR) planned two years ago, which since Monday has been distributed among XRP owners in a one-to-one ratio: in total, about 4.28B coins were distributed, the main volume of which will soon was sold. This token is an integral part of a startup that should ensure the interaction of the Ripple ecosystem with other blockchains.
Further prospects for the asset look uncertain, and much depends on the monetary and judicial decisions that will be made soon. In particular, on Thursday, investors expect the publication of December data on US consumer inflation: a slowdown in its growth will give the US Federal Reserve a reason to slow down the pace of monetary policy tightening. Otherwise, the cryptocurrency sector may be under new pressure. Also, XRP may lose ground if the Southern District of New York court, which is considering the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit against Ripple, satisfies the regulator's latest petition and recognizes the documents of its former chairman William Hinman as confidential. In this case, the company's lawyers will lose the main argument with which they tried to prove that XRP is not a security, and the case may not be decided in their favor.
Currently, the trading instrument has left the long-term downward channel and is close to 0.3662 (Murrey level [6/8]), the breakout of which will give the prospect of further growth to 0.3906 (Murrey level [8/8]), 0.4150 (Murrey level [+2/8]) and 0.4330 (Fibonacci retracement 23.6%). The key "bearish" level is 0.3296 (Murrey level [3/8], the lower line of Bollinger bands). If it is broken down, the price will be able to continue falling to 0.2930 (Murrey level [0/8]).
Technical indicators do not give a single signal: Bollinger bands are horizontal, Stochastic is reversing upwards but is approaching the overbought zone, which indicates the possibility of a downward reversal, and the MACD is preparing to move into the positive zone.
Resistance levels: 0.3662, 0.3906, 0.4150, 0.4330. | Support levels: 0.3296, 0.3052, 0.2930.