Crypto data provider Messari shared in a recent post that Ripple’s XRP was one of the worst-performing cryptocurrencies in Q1 of 2020, underperforming players like Bitcoin and Ethereum by a long shot.
But, analysts are observing that the cryptocurrency is starting to show signs of an imminent recovery against Bitcoin (the XRP/BTC chart).
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XRP Chart Printing Bullish Pattern
According to popular crypto trader Big Cheds, the one-week chart of XRP’s performance against BTC is in the midst of printing a textbook Adam and Eve bottom, marked by a spike lower, slight recovery, and rounded consolidation bottom to mark the start of a bull run.
$XRP #Ripple – Weekly chart –
Adam and Eve Double bottom forming?#TheStandard pic.twitter.com/6Y3VDUH7NN
— Big Cheds (@BigCheds) April 12, 2020
The abovementioned trader isn’t alone in suggesting that XRP may soon rally against the market leader.
On March 31st, Luke Martin, a prominent crypto trader featured on CNN, recently posted the below chart, showing that he expects for XRP to appreciate strongly against Bitcoin in the coming weeks.
While his comment attached to the chart was nebulous, his chart showed XRP rebounding strongly off the lower level of support in a long-term range against BTC, boding well for the bullish narrative.
I don’t know how, and I don’t know why, but this is what I expect for $XRPBTC pic.twitter.com/6hkUj0aGq8
— Luke Martin (@VentureCoinist) March 31, 2020
Not to mention, the Bitcoin dominance metric has recently retested and failed to pass a two-year uptrend, suggesting altcoins will soon have some room to rally higher against the market leader.
“Flight to Safety” May Hurt Altcoins
Although the technical signs are pointing to imminent strength in the altcoin market, especially Ripple’s XRP, the fundamentals tell a different story.
Per previous reports from NewsBTC, in “Crypto In This Crisis: Pantera Blockchain Letter, March 2020,” Dan Morehead and Joey Krug of blockchain-centric fund Pantera Capital explained that Bitcoin will “probably out-perform other tokens for a while,” explaining that it is one of the crypto projects that are entrenched and doesn’t rely on funding per se:
“It’s a project that’s already built, it works, it has an 11-year track record. Many newer blockchain and smart contract projects are still in development and might be stressed to raise funding to complete their development.”
They further explained that “there’s typically a flight-to-quality” or flight to safety “where people want to put money in the mega-caps, the safest asset, “the Treasuries” of the industry.” In the case of crypto assets, Bitcoin is a Treasury bond, as it is much more liquid than the rest, including Ethereum and XRP.
Notably, Morehead remarked in a subsequent interview with Raoul Pal of Real Vision that he expects this trend to be temporary (lasting for maybe half-a-dozen weeks), and that the regular dynamic between Bitcoin and altcoins will eventually return once the worst of the crisis passes.
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