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Whale Transfers 28M XRP to Bitstamp Ahead of SEC Deadline

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  • Ripple locked 800 million XRP in escrow, reducing circulating supply, and contributing to buying interest during a recent market downturn.
  • XRP futures open interest exceeded $1.42 billion, with the derivatives market showing strong activity amid Ripple’s ongoing legal challenges.

As Ripple’s ongoing legal dispute with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues, a substantial movement of 28 million XRP to the Bitstamp exchange has occurred.

This transaction took place just before the deadline for the SEC to file its reply brief in the case. Currently, XRP maintains a stable price of $0.54, which is vital for preventing further declines in the market. 

The transfer of XRP has led to varying interpretations among market observers. Some suggest the movement could be a response to the uncertainty surrounding Ripple’s legal challenges, potentially indicating a sell-off. 

Others argue it may be a strategic move by Ripple to manage liquidity effectively. Despite these speculations and ongoing market fluctuations, XRP experienced a 2% increase in value as the cryptocurrency market began to recover.

Market Speculation Intensifies Following Whale Transactions

A specific XRP wallet address, known as “r4wf7…h4Rzn”, was identified as moving 28.24 million XRP tokens to Bitstamp, valued at around $14.94 million. This is not the first instance of significant transactions from this wallet to exchanges, which has stirred intense speculation in recent weeks. 

Analysts are divided; some see these transfers as strategic sell-offs, possibly due to uncertainties about XRP’s legal standing, while others view them as part of Ripple’s broader liquidity management tactics.

Legal Tensions Escalate as SEC Deadline Approaches

With the SEC’s reply to Ripple’s opposition brief due by May 6, and a redacted version expected by May 8, tensions remain high. Ripple had previously sought to exclude expert testimony from the SEC’s initial brief, arguing that the expert’s identity and contributions were not disclosed during discovery. 

The SEC, however, maintained that the expert served as a summary witness and was exempt from such disclosures. Ripple’s subsequent reply criticized the SEC for not addressing cases mentioned in its motion.

Analysis of XRP’s Market Behavior

In recent trading, XRP’s price increased by 2.59%, positioning it at over $0.5436 with a market capitalization of $29.8 billion. Ripple’s strategic move to lock 800 million XRP in escrow last week—allocated in three parts: 100 million, 200 million, and 500 million—has effectively reduced the circulating supply, which bolstered buying interest during the market downturn. 

Additionally, Ripple’s recent transfer of 60 million XRP to an undisclosed wallet has fueled further discussions within the XRP community. The derivatives market has also been active, with XRP futures’ open interest now exceeding $1.42 billion XRP.

The current price of Ripple (XRP) is approximately $0.53181 USD, according to the latest data from TradingView.

Price Analysis

  • In the last day, the price of Ripple has increased by 0.40%.
  • In the last week, the price of Ripple has increased by 4.35%.
  • However, in the last month, the price has decreased by 9.37%.

Volume Analysis

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Trading volume in the last 24 hours was approximately $900.03 million USD, suggesting a high level of interest and activity in the market.

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Isai Alexei
Isai Alexei
As a content creator, Isai Alexei holds a degree in Marketing, providing a solid foundation for the exploration of technology and finance. Isai's journey into the crypto space began during academic years, where the transformative potential of blockchain technology was initially grasped. Intrigued, Isai delved deeper, ultimately making the inaugural cryptocurrency investment in Bitcoin. Witnessing the evolution of the crypto landscape has been both exciting and educational. Ethereum, with its smart contract capabilities, stands out as Isai's favorite, reflecting a genuine enthusiasm for cutting-edge web3 technologies. Business Email: info@ethnews.com Phone: +49 160 92211628
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