Bitcoin has again gained another $1,000 to surpass $12,000 and is now approaching $13,000. While BTC holders are celebrating, XRP seems to be struggling to break above key resistance at $0.477. It is currently in a struggle to climb above a lower resistance at $0.47 at the time of writing this report.
It had earlier consolidated above the $0.4550 and $0.4580 levels and settled above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $0.5086 high to $0.4455. At the time of writing, the bulls had succeeded in closing above yesterday’s trend line and broken through the resistance at $0.47.
XRP is now faced with the next resistance at $0.4770 which is caused by the 50% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $0.5086 high to $0.4455 that prevents gains. If there is a successful break above this level then the next resistance will be $0.48, victory over which will create a free rise to above $0.485 and $0.49.
XRP could also break above another resistance at $0.5 in the short term and that could take the price even higher. If $0.48 gets too strong to break then an easier way may be a downward move to initial support at $0.46 and $0.458 and a further crash to the lower $0.445 support area before another attempt to push upward.
Meanwhile, many other altcoins are in the same condition as XRP with some struggle to continue in uptrends. ETH has so far maintained a relatively steady rise alongside BTC, reaching a price of over $330 at the time of writing.
As its gains seem to correlate with that of BTC which is expected to break above $13,000 before any major pullback, ETH could be going as high as $340 before the pullback. As for XRP and other altcoins, the pullback could worsen things and make them start all over again, but only time will tell.