SEC v Ripple: It Is a Big Week for XRP as Investors Await Hinman Ruling
- It has been a bearish start to the week for XRP, which has tumbled to levels last seen in January 2021.
- While market sentiment towards Fed monetary policy weighs, it will boil down to an SEC v Ripple court ruling due this week.
- Key technical indicators remain bearish. XRP sits below the 50-day EMA.
On Sunday, XRP fell by 4.51%. Following a 5.75% slide on Saturday, XRP ended the week down by 13.2% to $0.3430.
Market sentiment towards US inflation and Fed monetary policy overshadowed news updates from the ongoing SEC v Ripple case.
Amidst the market reaction to US inflation figures on Friday, minor court rulings had a muted impact on XRP. This was despite the SEC having faced some tough questions at Tuesday’s court-scheduled SEC-Ripple conference.
This week could be a defining moment in the SEC v Ripple case. A court ruling in favor of Ripple Lab may force the SEC into a settlement.
A Court Ruling on SEC Attempts to Shield Hinman Speech Pending
On Tuesday, June 7, the SEC and Ripple attended a court-scheduled conference. Judge Sarah Netburn scheduled the conference, open to the public, to focus on the SEC’s claims that all documents relating to William Hinman’s 2018 speech should fall under the attorney-client privilege.
Following at least six SEC motions to shield the Hinman speech-related documents, the court ruling could decide the outcome of the case.
A ruling in favor of Ripple Lab may force the SEC into an early settlement. The SEC’s attempts to shield the documents raised speculation that the content could be materially damaging to the SEC case. This consensus has fueled the speculation that the SEC would settle in the event of an unfavorable ruling.
There is no scheduled ruling date, meaning the courts could rule at any time. While the crypto winter has sent XRP back to sub-$0.31, a finding in favor of Ripple Lab should prove material for XRP.
XRP Price Action
At the time of writing, XRP was down 9.27% to $0.3112.
A mixed morning saw XRP rise to an early morning high of $0.35 before hitting reverse.
Falling well short of the First Major Resistance Level at $0.3588, XRP tumbled to a morning low of $0.3034.
The reversal saw XRP fall through the First Major Support Level at $0.3333 and the Second Major Support Level at $0.3236.
Falling to a new current year low, it was also a first visit to sub-$0.31 since January 2021, which coincided with investor reaction to the SEC lawsuit against Ripple Lab.
XRP will need to move through the Major Support Levels and the $0.3491 pivot to target the First Major Resistance Level at $0.3588. XRP would need the broader crypto market support to return to $0.35 levels.
In a broad-based crypto rebound, XRP should test resistance at $0.3650. The Second Major Resistance Level sits at $0.3745.
Failure to move through Major Support Levels and the pivot would bring sub-$0.31 levels into play. Barring an extended sell-off throughout the afternoon, however, XRP should avoid the Third Major Support Level at $0.2981.
The EMAs and the 4-hourly candlestick chart (below) send a bearish signal. At the time of writing, XRP sits below the 50-day EMA, currently at $0.3758. Today, the 50-day EMA fell back from the 100-day EMA. The 100-day EMA eased back from the 200-day EMA, XRP price negative.
A return to $0.35 levels would support a run at the 50-day EMA. This week, the SEC v Ripple court ruling on the Hinman docs, the Fed monetary policy decision, and forward guidance will be the key drivers.