Ripple price retreated on Friday as investors focused on the upcoming anniversary of the SEC vs Ripple case. XRP retreated to a low of $0.3855, which was the lowest point since Tuesday. It has dropped by more than 6.50% from the highest point this week. Ripple is valued at over $16.50 billion.
SEC vs Ripple case anniversary
The SEC filed a major lawsuit on Ripple on December 20th, 2020. Since then, the two sides have continued battling in an American court. Ripple Labs and its executives have defended themselves vigorously. They have argued that the SEC had no merit in the case and that XRP was still not a security.
This month will be an important one for both Ripple and SEC. For one, as the case enters the third year, some analysts expect that the SEC or Ripple could propose an out-of-court settlement. The SEC could seek to do that to prevent Ripple from accessing some materials, including a speech by William Hinman.
In June, the judge overseeing the case ordered that the SEC must provide these documents to Ripple. The two parties have now started filing their replies to oppositions to motions for summary judgment under seal.
Analysts expect that the redacted versions of these replies will happen on December 5. The two parties will likely meet before then to confer on redactions before the documents are filed to the public.
Ripple price prediction
The four-hour chart shows that the XRP price has been crawling back in the past few days. In this period, it managed to rise from a low of $0.3151 to a high of $0.4171. Along the way, the coin has formed a rising wedge pattern that is shown in orange. In price action analysis, this pattern is usually a bearish sign.
Ripple price has also moved slightly below the 25-day and 50-day moving averages and the 38.2% Fibonacci Retracement level. Therefore, the coin will likely have a bearish breakout as sellers target the key support at $0.3500. A move above the resistance at $0.400 will invalidate the bearish view.