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XRP News: SEC Motion to Compel Ruling and SEC v Debt Box Filing

By:
Bob Mason
Published: Jan 31, 2024, 02:24 UTC

XRP remains on the backfoot as investors await a court ruling from the ongoing SEC v Ripple case. An SEC appeal threat continues to impact sentiment.

XRP News

Key Insights:

  • XRP slid by 4.49% on Tuesday, ending the session at $0.5111.
  • XRP tracked the broader market into negative territory, though uncertainty about the SEC v Ripple case contributed to heavier losses.
  • On Wednesday, SEC v Ripple and Coinbase court rulings and SEC activity warrant investor attention.

The Tuesday Overview

On Tuesday, XRP slid by 4.49%. Reversing a 2.10% gain from Monday, XRP ended the session at $0.5111.

SEC v Ripple: Investors Anxious Ahead of Court Ruling

There was no SEC v Ripple case-related news on Tuesday. Investors await a court ruling on the SEC Motion to Compel. The SEC requested the court to order Ripple to provide 2022/23 financial statements and post-complaint contracts governing XRP sales to institutional investors.

The SEC filed the Motion to Compel as the deadline for remedies-related discovery approaches. Ripple and the SEC must conclude remedies-related discovery by February 12.

The SEC v Ripple case is in its final stages, with the respective parties preparing arguments for and against a punitive penalty. In July 2023, Judge Analisa Torres ruled Ripple breached Section 5 of the 1933 Securities Act for selling XRP to institutional investors.

If Judge Torres grants the Motion to Compel, post-complaint breaches of securities laws could result in a more substantial penalty.

The size of the penalty will likely impact XRP. However, SEC plans to appeal the Programmatic Sales of XRP ruling remains the focal point.

While investors await the court ruling on the Motion to Compel, the SEC drew unwanted attention.

SEC Files Motion to Dismiss in Debt Box Case

On Tuesday, the SEC filed a Motion to Dismiss the charges against Debt Box. In December, the court ordered “the SEC to show cause why it should not be sanctioned for making false and misleading representations to the court.”

Within the Motion to Dismiss, the SEC stated,

“While the Commission recognizes that its attorneys should have been more forthcoming with the Court, sanctions are not appropriate or necessary to address those issues.”

Amicus Curiae attorney John E Deaton responded to a post on X (formerly Twitter) from Coinbase (COIN) Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal about the SEC motion, saying,

“I’ve never seen an agency more in need of real leadership.”

It remains unclear whether the court deems more action necessary. While the SEC filing does not directly impact the SEC v Ripple case, it was another loss for the SEC. The court view on SEC lawyers could also increase the scrutiny of SEC legal arguments in other cases.

XRP Price Action

Weekly Chart sends bearish price signals.
XRPUSD 310124 Weekly Chart

Daily Chart

XRP sat below the 50-day and 200-day EMAs, sending bearish price signals. Significantly, the 50-day EMA converged on the 200-day EMA. A bearish cross would confirm the bearish price trends.

An XRP return to the $0.52 handle would support a move to the $0.5470 resistance level.

SEC activity, SEC v Ripple, and SEC v Coinbase case-related updates need consideration.

However, a fall through the $0.5042 support level would give the bears a run at the $0.4700 support level.

The 14-day RSI reading, 34.44, suggests an XRP drop below the $0.5042 support level before entering oversold territory.

XRP Daily Chart sends bearish price signals.
XRPUSD 310124 Daily Chart

4-Hourly Chart

On the 4-hourly, XRP sat below the 50-day and 200-day EMA. The EMAs reaffirmed the bearish price signals.

An XRP return to the $0.52 handle would support a move toward the 50-day EMA and the $0.5470 resistance level.

However, a fall through the $0.5042 support level would give the bears a run at the $0.4700 support level.

The 4-hourly RSI, with a reading of 31.16, shows XRP on the border with oversold territory. Buying pressure could intensify at the $0.5042 support level.

4-Hourly Chart affirms bearish price signals.
XRPUSD 310124 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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