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SEC v Ripple: Judge Denies Motion to Protect Hinman Documents

By:
Bob Mason
Published: Jul 13, 2022, 01:47 GMT+00:00

On Tuesday, Judge Netburn denied the SEC motion to shield the Hinman speech-related documents under the attorney-client privilege. XRP positive.

XRP under pressure

Key Insights:

  • XRP fell by 1.14% on Tuesday. Following a 3.17% decline on Monday, XRP returned to sub-$0.31 before finding support.
  • Investor jitters over US inflation weighed on riskier assets, while investors digested a pivotal court ruling in the SEC v Ripple case.
  • Technical indicators are bearish, with XRP sitting below the 50-day EMA.

On Tuesday, XRP fell by 1.14%. Following a 3.17% decline on Monday, XRP ended the day at $0.3112. The downside came despite a pivotal court ruling in the SEC v Ripple case.

A mixed start to the day saw XRP rise to an early high of $0.3177 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the First Major Resistance Level at $0.3254, XRP slid to a low of $0.3073.

Finding support at the First Major Support Level at $0.3075, XRP returned to $0.31 levels to limit the damage.

XRP and the broader crypto market continued to track the NASDAQ 100 ahead of US inflation figures due later today.

US Inflation Figures Jitters Overshadow Hinman Court Ruling

Investor angst over US inflation and Fed monetary policy continued to weigh on XRP and the broader crypto market.

Another spike in US inflation could force the Fed into a more aggressive move this month and in the months ahead to bring inflation towards the target.

Fears are that a more aggressive interest rate path trajectory will adversely impact the US economy.

However, while Fed monetary policy continues to provide direction, the ongoing SEC v Ripple case remains a consideration.

Overnight, defense attorney James Filan shared the court ruling on the SEC motion to protect the William Hinman speech-related documents under the client-attorney privilege. The ruling was a win for Ripple.

Filan shared the court ruling, saying,

“Magistrate judge Netburn denies the SEC’s attorney-client privilege claims. The predominant purpose of the communications was not to provide legal advice. The documents must be produced.”

Filan added,

“That decision is what Black’s Law Dictionary defines as a body slam.”

In 2018, the former SEC Director of the Division of Corporation Finance said that Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) are not securities.

The XRP reaction to the news was muted, with investors now likely to be eying the SEC’s next move, which could be an appeal against the decision.

XRP Price Action

At the time of writing, XRP was up 0.35% to $0.3123.

A choppy start to the day saw XRP fall to an early low of $0.3067 before rising to a high of $0.3124.

XRP tested the First Major Support Level at $0.3064 early on.

XRP finds early support.
XRPUSD 130722 Daily Chart

Technical Indicators

An XRP move through the $0.3121 pivot would test the First Major Resistance Level (R1) at $0.3169 and resistance at the Tuesday high of $0.3177.

XRP would need the support of the broader market for a breakout from $0.3150.

In the case of an extended crypto rally, XRP could target the Second Major Resistance Level (R2) at $0.3225 and resistance at $0.3250.

The Third Major Resistance Level (R3) sits at $0.3329.

Failure to move through the pivot would bring the First Major Support Level (S1) at $0.3064 back into play.

Barring an extended sell-off, XRP should avoid sub-$0.30. The Second Major Support Level (S2) at $0.3017 should limit the downside.

The Third Major Support Level (S3) sits at $0.2913.

XRP pivot key today
XRPUSD 130722 Hourly Chart

The EMAs and the 4-hourly candlestick chart (below) send a bearish signal.

At the time of writing, XRP sat below the 50-day EMA, currently at $0.3263. Today, the 50-day EMA eased back from the 100-day EMA. The 100-day EMA fell back from the 200-day EMA, XRP price negative.

A bullish cross of the 50-day EMA through the 100-day EMA would support a breakout from R1 to target R2 and the 100-day EMA, currently at $0.3299.

However, a further pullback of the 50-day EMA from the 100-day EMA would leave the Major Support Levels in play.

EMAs bearish
XRPUSD 130722 4-Hourly Chart

About the Author

Bob Masonauthor

With over 20 years of experience in the finance industry, Bob has been managing regional teams across Europe and Asia and focusing on analytics across both corporate and financial institutions. Currently he is covering developments relating to the financial markets, including currencies, commodities, alternative asset classes, and global equities.

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