In brief

  • XRP is now trading for nearly $0.33, its price record for 2020.
  • The last time Ripple's XRP was trading at this price was February, prior to the market crash.
  • Recent comments from Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse may something to do with the newfound bullish sentiment.

Crypto traders woke up today to green pastures thanks to Bitcoin's excellent performance, which broke the resistance of $12,000 per coin and dragged the rest of the market with it. 

And though there’s been considerable buzz around DeFi and Ethereum lately, it looks like this could be XRP’s week to shine. Following a jump of nearly 8% over the last 24 hours, Ripple’s XRP is now trading right around $0.32 per coin.

That’s close to its yearly high for 2020. XRP reached a price of $0.336 in February, prior to the market crash in March.

XRP technicals

After a significant drop last Tuesday which sunk XRP to $0.26, Ripple's token has managed to recover, showing a relatively rapid day-to-day growth, to the delight of swing traders.

Based on the token's performance throughout the year, XRP has now broken the last remaining resistance level before testing its yearly high.

XRP price. Source: TradingView

If tomorrow's candle doesn't correct to a lower mark, XRP hodlers may soon have good reason to be wringing their hands in anticipation. Based on the coin’s relative strength index (RSI), however, XRP is currently overbought. But the “Bitcoin effect” may be enough to bring some optimism to the XRP Army.

XRP fundamentals and market sentiment

Besides Bitcoin, Ripple (the company) has been making some waves of its own. And though there is often a difference between what Ripple does and how XRP behaves, some see a direct relationship between the two.

The Financial Times reported last week that Ripple was pivoting its business, aiming now to become the so-called “Amazon of payments,” which sparked a fair amount of controversy within the crypto community.

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse's optimism had two interpretations, one of which was that Ripple was looking to reinvent itself in the face of a lack of positive results. Low adoption of its technology combined with the falling price of XRP could be influencing a shift in strategy and a search for new use cases.

Following the backlash, however, Garlinghouse pleaded his case: Ripple, he said, was not changing its philosophy. The CEO shared some data over Twitter which indicated growth for the firm, and success in providing blockchain solutions for the traditional payments world. 

Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity product, for example, has grown to over $2 billion in transactions since its launch. 

Could it have inspired bullish sentiment among the XRP faithful, despite a rough 2020 (and 2019) for the coin so far? We’re about to find out.

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