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XRP price breaks out of range with a 25% rally, but why?


Crypto markets are flashing a bit of green on Sept. 22 as Bitcoin (BTC) price tacked on a 4.7% gain to trade above $19,300 and Ether (ETH) surged 6.5% to recapture the $1,300 level. 

RSR and Astar Network (ASTAR) also surged by 23% and 17% respectively, but the more notable mover of the day was XRP.

Currently, XRP price reflects a near 25% gain and the asset is up 41% in the past month. According to defense lawyer James K. Filan, on Sept. 18, Ripple Labs filed a motion for summary judgment — a legal process that involves the court making a final decision based on the provided facts, rather than ordering a trial — and a decision on whether XRP is a security is expected by mid-December.

Excitement over the news could be improving investor sentiment about the longer-term prospects for XRP.

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From the perspective of technical analysis, XRP price is looking to secure a second daily close above a longterm descending trendline resistance and trading volumes and open interest on futures contracts have risen sharply in the past 24-hours.

XRP/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

According to Cointelegraph market analyst Marcel Pechman:

“XRP’s open interest is now at $575 million up from $310 million just a week ago.”

Traders who are not yet positioned might consider waiting to see if the 200-day moving average at $0.49 is flipped to support over the next few daily closes. Typically, intraday and swing traders take profit at longer term resistance levels and they also anticipate price rejections and lower support retests after an asset manages a breakout from a period of long consolidation, price bottom or a market structure-altering move.

Crypto analytics data provider TheKingfisher drove a similar point by suggesting that buyers would “likely have an opportunity to long XRP lower.”