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XRP Trading volumes slip, while token’s value weakens
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XRP Trading volumes slip, while token’s value weakens

XRP saw a substantial price ascension on Wednesday after being clobbered late last week but still lost value.
Key takeaways

  • XRP’s value was around US$0.46 this time last week and now sits just slightly above US$0.44.
  • Trading volumes have also fallen week-on-week.
  • Payments startup Ripple sold less than half the amount of XRP in Q2 2018, as it did in the first quarter.
  • The market’s third most valuable cryptocurrency by market capitalisation, XRP, lost around 4% of its price value over the course of the past week.

Between Thursday and Friday last week the digital currency took a beating, losing about US$0.02. The popular cryptocurrency was able to recover somewhat over the weekend but began a persistent decline from Sunday evening, falling to a low of US$0.42 by Tuesday night. Ethereum’s weekly movements were not dissimilar. XRP bounced back to life Wednesday morning, rocketing up to a high of US$0.45 before finishing out the week at a little over the US$0.44 mark. However, there is currently no explanation behind the rapid spike in price.

However, given the current trends, this doesn’t seem likely. NewsBTC suggests that as long as XRP’s price is higher than US$0.4250, it can recover. Below this, the next support level is near the US$0.4000 mark.

Over the last few months blockchain company Ripple has attempted to distance itself from the XRP token. However, the value of each entity is largely tied to the other and XRP’s codebase was first released by Ripple.

As part of its Q2 XRP Markets Report 2018, Ripple announced that it sold $56.6 million XRP programmatically, representing just 12.5 basis points of total XRP volume traded globally during this period. Additionally, registered subsidiary XRP II sold $16.8 million XRP in direct sales. Combined, Ripple sold just $75.5 million XRP in Q2 2018, less than half (45%) of the $167.7 million sold during the previous quarter. Former US president Bill Clinton has been selected as keynote speaker at Ripple’s Swell conference in October.

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