Why is XRP price up today?

    XRP (XRP) price is up today following news that Federal District Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York ruled against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s contention that XRP is a security. 

    Shortly after the ruling became public, XRP price rose 64.74% to a 1-year high of $0.77 as market participants viewed the ruling as a bullish sign for XRP.

    XRP/USDT price. Source: TradingView

    XRP and peers rally after a favorable court ruling 

    Ripple’s longstanding legal battle with numerous courts and investors’ lingering concerns over XRP’s utility has long weighed on the altcoin’s price. For at least a year, numerous analysts have speculated that a positive ruling in federal courts would translate to a sharp rally in XRP price, an outcome which was validated on July 13. 

    United States District Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment in favor of Ripple Labs on 3 out of 4 issues maintaining that in certain scenarios, the XRP token is not a security.

    The ruling comes nearly 3-years after the lawsuit was filed by the SEC against Ripple on Dec. 22, 2022. An amended complaint from the SEC was subsequently filed on February 18, 2021.

    Interestingly, other tokens which had recently been delisted by major exchanges over concerns that they could be unregistered securities issuances also rallied.

    XRP’s sibling token Stellar (XLM), also followed in Ripple’s footsteps, rallying 36.2% at the time of publishing to hit a near 9-month high at $0.13.

    As a result of today’s ruling, a handful of analysts have suggested that the SEC’s loss against Ripple calls into question the viability of its other enforcement actions against crypto-focused companies. Some have even suggested that today’s ruling will hamper the SEC’s multi-year resistance to approving a spot Bitcoin ETF.

    Year-to-date, XRP has gained 114%, and while the altcoin is still significantly down from the all-time high of $3.40, today’s victory against the SEC could possibly be the beginning of a longer-term turnaround.

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