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Ripple (XRP) Crushed as SEC Looks to Sue for Alleged Securities Violations

Ripple (XRP) Crushed as SEC Looks to Sue for Alleged Securities Violations

Nick Cawley, Strategist

Ripple (XRP/USD) Price, Analysis and Chart:

  • Ripple in the gunsights of the SEC.
  • XRP gives back all of its recent gains

Ripple, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market value continues this week’s slump after the US SEC said that the company’s sale of XRP broke securities regulations. The SEC sent out a release alleging that,

‘Ripple; Christian Larsen, the company's co-founder, executive chairman of its board, and former CEO; and Bradley Garlinghouse, the company's current CEO, raised capital to finance the company's business. The complaint alleges that Ripple raised funds, beginning in 2013, through the sale of digital assets known as XRP in an unregistered securities offering to investors in the U.S. and worldwide. Ripple also allegedly distributed billions of XRP in exchange for non-cash consideration, such as labor and market-making services.’

The SEC also alleged that Larsen and Garlinghouse also effected personal unregistered sales of XRP totaling approximately USD 600 million. Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse sent a reply saying that the SEC is ‘completely wrong on the facts and law’ and that XRP is a currency like Bitcoin or Ether and is not ‘an investment contract’.

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XRP/USD touched a recent high of $0.78 just under one month ago as the cryptocurrency market rallied strongly after months of inertia. Ripple has now given back all of those gains and has broken below both the 20- and 50- day simple moving averages, highlighting the current market weakness. Volatility, measured by ATR, has soared in the past month and Ripple is now sitting deep in oversold territory. While wild market price swings are commonplace in the cryptocurrency space, regulatory price swings are different and warrant a large degree of caution. Ripple is down nearly 18% today.

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Retail trader data show 94.56% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 17.37 to 1.The number of traders net-long is 5.08% lower than yesterday and 2.80% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 53.57% higher than yesterday and 36.51% higher from last week. Yet traders are less net-long than yesterday and compared with last week. Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current Ripple price trend may soon reverse higher despite the fact traders remain net-long.

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What is your view on Ripple (XRP) – bullish or bearish?? You can let us know via the form at the end of this piece or you can contact the author via Twitter @nickcawley1.

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