At the beginning of this year, the XRP community had high hopes for the performance of the digital asset. As altcoins rallied, Ripple, the firm behind XRP, experienced a slew of bullish developments that further fuelled the hopes. Unfortunately, this did not create a tide strong enough to lift XRP from the doldrums.
New research from Arcane Research suggests interest in XRP cryptocurrency has waned while bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH) flourish.
Interest In XRP Has Dwindled As It Struggles To Recover Since The March Market-Wide Correction
An analysis of the performance of the top three cryptocurrencies by Arcane during the first half of 2020 reveals that XRP’s price looks pale since the mid-March market mayhem. BTC and ETH, on the other hand, have posted strong recoveries since then.
“Initially, 2020 started out strong for the top 3 coins, but as the markets crashed in March, the three musketeers have seen vastly different growth trajectories. ETH (+75% YTD) and BTC (+27% YTD) have recovered from the Covid-19 crash, while XRP disappoints (-9% YTD).”
The research firm also noted that XRP’s performance in Q2 was rather flat as it registered only a 1% gain after losing up to 14% of its already anemic market cap in June alone, while BTC and ETH posted 44% and 70% gains respectively in that quarter.
Arcane cites DeFi and ETH 2.0 anticipation as the key drivers of the price of ethereum. For XRP, interest in the fourth-ranked crypto has “died off” as it struggles to recover from the Black Thursday correction, Arcane stated.
Moving Forward With XRP
Some crypto analysts are worried about XRP sliding further in the near future before reaching a bottom. Crypto aficionado Luke Martin recently postulated that XRP has been plummeting the whole of 2020.
In response to the question of where the bottom is for XRP, fellow analyst CryptoDonAlt quipped “at 1500 sats”. According to Luke Martin, this worked pretty well in 2017 and this trend could play out the same again – meaning XRP could drop to the said level before a big pump.
Others like analyst Nicholas Merten believe there is still hope for XRP in the near-term. As previously reported by ZyCrypto, Merten noted that XRP has been in a descending wedge for more than one year and is likely to be stuck there for a month at the most before breaking out in a massive rally.
In the meantime, XRP is valued at $0.186760, with 5.97 percent gains in the last 24 hours.