Ripple (XRP) price stares at potential losses in the coming weeks as it breaks out of a "descending triangle" pattern, with its bias skewed toward the downside.
Major XRP breakdown underway
To recap, XRP started forming the technical structure after reaching $1.98 in April 2021, its second-highest level to date. In doing so, the token trended lower inside a range defined by a falling resistance trendline and a horizontal support trendline.
On May 16, 2022, XRP broke below the triangle's support trendline, accompanying a decent increase in trading volumes.
The move confirmed the descending triangle as a bearish reversal indicator. Meanwhile, as a rule of technical analysis, XRP now risks extending its downside move by as much as the triangle's maximum height when measured from the breakdown point, as shown below.
This could have XRP drop to $0.18 by July 2022, down nearly 40% from June 1's price.
XRP's bearish setup appears amid a broader selloff taking place across the crypto market, with some tokens now trading more than 90% below their record highs established last year.
The massive tailspin began in May after Terra (LUNA) — now known as Luna Classic (LUNC) — a $40-billion "algorithmic stablecoin" project, collapsed due to the failure of its staking system. This debacle found its match in Celsius Network, one of the largest crypto lending platforms, which unexpectedly paused crypto withdrawals in June over "extreme market conditions."
Since then, the crypto market has been facing one piece of bad news after another, from crypto fund giant Three Arrow Capital's potential insolvency owing to bad debts and risky trades to crypto lender Babel Finance halting withdrawals due to liquidity issues.
Macro risks also favor XRP's downside outlook with the Federal Reserve's 0.75% interest rate hike this June 15, ensuring lower liquidity for investors to speculate on risky assets.
Nonetheless, Kevin Cage, who runs Iron Key Capital, a crypto-focused hedge fund, says XRP will "survive" the bear market.
Meanwhile, Bleeding Crypto says that XRP could fall toward $0.17 but anticipates that the token would undergo a sharp rebound move after reaching the level.
"Looks like it may be going for a full reset of this past bull run," he wrote, hinting that XRP would reclaim $1.95–$1.98 during its next upside retracement.
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