Why is XRP price up today?

The price of XRP (XRP) is up today, rising over 2% in the last 24 hours to reach $0.525. In doing so, the cryptocurrency is now up around 25% from its local low of $0.423, established a month ago.

XRP/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView

Primary catalysts driving the XRP price upward today include a broader recovery sentiment across the crypto market and whale accumulation.

U.S. inflation report sends cryptos like XRP flying

XRP’s gains today are part of a rebound that started after the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) reported a cooling inflation on May 15.

Core inflation in the U.S. rose 0.3% to 3.6% in March, the lowest reading excluding food and energy since April 2021. In response, bond traders increased their bets on the year’s first interest rate cut to September from November, according to CME data.

XRP/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView

XRP’s price has increased 5% since the CPI release, indicating the prospects of rate cuts have boosted investors‘ appetite for crypto assets. 

XRP whales buy $55 million worth of tokens

XRP price gains today further coincides with signs of accumulation among its richest investors, also known as „whales.“

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According to data resource platform Santiment, entities with a 1 million-10 million XRP balance have increased their token holdings by 110 million (worth around $55 million) in the last two weeks, as shown in the chart shared by analyst Ali Martinez below.

XRP supply holdings above the 1 million-10 million token cohort. Source: Ali Martinez

During this time, XRP’s price has risen by approximately 10%, indicating strong whale support behind the rally.

Giant symmetrical triangle pattern

From a technical perspective, XRP’s gains are part of a rebound that started after testing the lower trendline of its multi-year descending triangle pattern.

XRP/USD weekly price chart. Source: TradingView

As of May 18, XRP price was eyeing a close below its 200-week (blue) and 50-week (red) exponential moving averages (EMAs) at around $0.525 and $0.550. Doing so could have the cryptocurrency test the triangle’s upper trendline at around $0.585 as the next upside target.

The 0.585-target has served as support during the May-June 2021 and January 2022 sessions.

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