Crypto Market Analysis

Daily Crypto Review, Nov 21- $400 million XRP tied to illicit activities, crypto markets bleeding out

The cryptocurrency market was slowly bleeding out in the past 24 hours. Most cryptocurrencies ended up being in the red. If we take a look at the past 24 hours, Bitcoin went down 0.57%, and it is now trading at $8,072. Ethereum lost 1.17%, while XRP went down 1.71%.

Of the top100 cryptocurrencies by market cap, the biggest gainer is EDC Blockchain, with 30.61% daily gain. The biggest loser of the day was Komodo, which lost 10.51% of its value.


Bitcoin’s dominance increased to over 66% as the market lost a bit more value than Bitcoin itself. Its dominance now sits at 66.02%.

The cryptocurrency market as a whole now has a market capitalization of $219.41 billion, which represents a slight decrease when compared to the value it had yesterday.

What happened in the past 24 hours

Cryptocurrency forensics and analysis firm Elliptic managed to put together a case on $400 million of XRP’s funds. Allegedly, about $400 million worth XRP ended up being used for illegal transactions.

In a press release published on Nov 20, Elliptic said that the $400m of illicit XRP activity  represents just a bit less than 0.2% of total XRP transactions. They also said that the vast majority of XRP activity is legitimate as this is all they could find.


Technical analysis



Bitcoin had a red day today. However, it did not lose as much as most of the market. The price managed to stabilize above $8,000 resistance line as this key level ended up being well-respected by the market. The price is currently walking on the edge and anchoring to the key level, so any form of bear presence might threaten Bitcoin’s price above $8,000.

Bitcoin’s volume is continuing to gradually decrease from the big drop in price. Its RSI level is in the oversold territory for some time now.

Key levels to the upside                   Key levels to the downside

1: $8,425                                           1: $8,000

2: $8,640

3: $8,820                                       


Ethereum spent the day trading just below its immediate resistance, but could not break it. The price broke the $178.6 key support level and is currently trading below it, as bears are threatening with a move to the upside. However, the volume is not showing any initiative from the bull side.

The critical level of $178.6 moved to the upside as the price went below it. Likely, Ethereum won’t manage to go above this level in the short future as its volume and bull presence, in general, are not there.

Key levels to the upside                   Key levels to the downside

1: 178.6                                             1: $167.8

2: $185

3: $193.5


XRP’s ranging movements are continuing today as well. After its price fell to its key support level of $0.245, bulls kicked in and kept the price above it. XRP is currently trading near the bottom of the range, stuck between the 0.245 support line and the 0.266 resistance line.

Both support and resistance levels seem to have been well-respected by the bulls and bears, which indicates that XRP might stay in this range for some time. The key levels remain the same as they were as XRP didn’t pass any key levels up or down.

Key levels to the upside                   Key levels to the downside

1: $0.266                                           1: $0.245

2: $0.285

3: $0.31


By Ilija Rankovic

Cryptocurrency trader, analyst and writer with a prolific experience in the industry. Moved from trading/analysis of the traditional markets to cryptocurrencies in 2013. His industry career includes jobs such as ICO advisor, analyst, crypto algorithmic trading contributor etc.

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