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XRP sees long positions hunted and a sharp reversal; here’s what can come next

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XRP sees long positions hunted and a sharp reversal- here's what can come next

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Disclaimer: The information presented does not constitute financial, investment, trading, or other types of advice and is solely the writer’s opinion

  • The daily timeframe charts of XRP have been bearishly biased since late October
  • The range formation in early November was respected, but another wave of selling is expected

XRP traded within a range after the sell-off during the FTX saga. The lows of this range offered support once more in recent days, but it was likely that a move upward would offer sellers another opportunity.

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Bitcoin has been extremely still in recent days. A breakout toward or past $18.2k for BTC could trigger a shift in sentiment across the altcoin market. Until then, it remained likely that shorting any bounces in price would be profitable.

The liquidation of long positions was followed by a reversal but demand was not strong

XRP sees long positions hunted and a sharp reversal- here's what can come next

Source: XRP/USDT on TradingView

The market structure of XRP flipped bearish when the price slid beneath the mid-range mark at $0.37 on 16 December. Since then, the price has tested the range lows at $0.333 as support and bounced back to $0.37.

This bounce saw XRP form a bearish order block, a region dominated by sellers. Combined with the bearish market structure on the daily timeframe, it indicated that a revisit to this region of resistance was likely to face rejection once again.

Hence, short sellers can look to enter near the $0.362-$0.37 area. Their stop-loss can be set in the vicinity of $0.375, as a move above $0.374 would invalidate the bearish idea. Traders can also look to manually close the trade on a daily session close above $0.373, leaving more room for upward wicks.

To the south, bearish targets include $0.333 and $0.3 for ambitious bears.

Both long and short positions were liquidated while Open Interest declined

XRP sees long positions hunted and a sharp reversal- here's what can come next

Source: Coinalyze

Over the past couple of days, XRP saw a violent move downward which was quickly reversed. This could have been a hunt for liquidity before a strong move upward. Hence, the bears must temper their enthusiasm.

Coinalyze data showed $2.4 million worth of long positions liquidated within a single hour on 2 January, when the price dropped to $0.3 before bouncing quickly back to $0.353 a mere 14 hours later.

The Open Interest charts showed a significant decline in OI, indicative of discouraged or liquidated long positions. This highlighted bearish sentiment. The price and OI need to stabilize for some time before bulls can expect a move upward.


Akashnath Sumukar works as a Senior Journalist at AMBCrypto. Based in Chennai, India, he has been an avid follower of the cryptocurrency market since Bitcoin’s boom and bust cycle of 2017. A graduate in Chemical Engineering, he is an expert in technical analysis. In fact, Akashnath has a particular interest in reading price charts and predicting how an asset will move over the short and long term. A self-taught trader and as someone who holds cryptos himself, he is always on the lookout for the next opportunity he can possibly capitalize on, while also educating his audience.
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