- XRP, XLM and other altcoins enjoyed massive gains after Ripple’s partial win against the SEC.
- The weekend, however, looks bleak, with liquidations in the past 48 hours reaching as much as $473 million.
- As the bearish momentum declines, investors on major exchanges turn bearish.
Bitcoin (BTC) price showed weakness late on July 14, causing it slip below $31,000. This move from the pioneer crypto dampened the bullish momentum that arose on July 13 after the judge ruled partially in favor of Ripple in the long-standing United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) vs. Ripple lawsuit. While Ripple’s XRP more than doubled, its competitor Stellar (XLM) token, shot up 107% in under 24 hours. Other altcoins like Cardano (ADA) also saw massive gains. But as the weekend rears its head, the optimism seems to be dissipating.
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From the announcement of Ripple’s partial win against the SEC on July 13 to date, $473 million worth of positions have been liquidated, according to data from CoinGlass. As seen in the chart below, there are massive short and long liquidations on July 13 and 14, respectively. The last time a liquidation event of this magnitude occurred was between June 5 to 10.
Total Liquidations chart
XRP price, which exploded from $0.469 to $0.938 on July 13, has since dropped 22% and currently trades at $0.726.
Ripple’s close competitor, XLM price went from $0.0953 to $0.197 and has since shed a whopping 32% and currently auctions at $0.133.
Why the sudden shift in market sentiment?
The stark shift in the mood of investors could be attributed to three reasons:
- An inherently bearish market outlook before the announcement of the SEC vs. Ripple lawsuit decision.
- More commentary on the lawsuit started surfacing after the initial announcement, which allows the SEC to contest the decision in the second circuit court of appeals. Moreover, the decision is partly a win for the commission as well since XRP sold to institutions constitutes security.
- Mean reversion; markets often revert to mean after the hype or frenzy dissipates, and the ongoing pullback could be just that.
Due to the aforementioned reasons, the crypto markets seem to be returning to the mean, undoing recent gains. A sign of this can be seen as investors on exchanges have flipped their narrative to bearish.
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