Ripple price weekly analysis: Seeking stability

Rhys Muter 21 January 2018

Untitled design-3Ripple shows promising signs of stability either side of volatile midweek trading.

  • Ripple Labs Chief cryptographer responds to trolls on Twitter
  • XRP sheds more than 50% in midweek trading
  • 24-hour trading volume surges over 400%

The native cryptocurrency of the Ripple blockchain, XRP has had a very strong midweek selloff in line with the broader market. That selloff has come amid a huge drop in the XRP market capitalisation and a strong flurry of trading volume that has since settled along with some stability in price.

Price Movement

XRP began the week on solid footing trading in a consistent range around the US$1.99 mark, according to pricing information released by CoinMarketCap. By midweek any semblance of price stability had smashed like a window on concrete as the price went into a free-fall, halving its price to hit a midweek bottom of US$0.90 on 17 January 2018.

By the next evening, XRP recorded a remarkable surge to US$1.73, closing out the week trading at around US$1.55 at the time of writing. This shows since the rebound to US$1.73 XRP has traded with relative stability showing a price range of around US$0.20 over a period of three days to 21 January.

Market Capitalisation

XRP’s market cap took a battering in line with price differentials starting out the week at US$77.1 billion moving to as low as US$34.8 billion by midweek trade. XRP’s market cap rebounded strongly after that with a show of strength at US$67.1 billion before closing out the week in relative stability with a market cap of around US$60.1 billion.

24-hour trading volume

In terms of 24-hour trading volume, XRP had not managed much over US$2 billion carrying over the previous week’s relative stability. That was until on 16 January XRP’s 24-trading volume began to surge wildly by over five times reaching a volatile US$10.6 billion by the evening of 18 January.

XRP’s 24-hour trading volume has now returned to a level of consistency that will please stakeholders in Ripple Labs, currently measuring just above US$2 billion as the weekend draws to a close.

Since the readjustment of CoinMarketCap’s price calculations, it seems there is some pattern beginning to emerge over the last couple of weeks, at least in terms of 24-hour trading volume. The pattern seems to be a surge in trading volume leading into a midweek peak and softening before returning to a stable level as the weekend approaches.

The week ended on a sour note with Ripple Labs chief cryptographer, David Schwartz, responding to negative sentiment via Twitter about the governance structure of XRP in the broader context of the Ripple blockchain.

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