XRP (XRP) has lagged Bitcoin (BTC) so far in 2024 in terms of price performance, falling around 2.5% year-to-date (YTD) versus the top cryptocurrency’s 60% gains in the same period. In turn, the XRP/BTC exchange rate is down 40% YTD.

XRP/BTC versus XRP/USD and BTC/USD daily price performance. Source: TradingView

However, the pair shows signs of recovering in the days leading up to Bitcoin’s halving in 2024. A constellation of bullish signals may buoy this momentum, potentially amplifying it following the event.

XRP price post-halving fractal

Historically, XRP has demonstrated a tendency to outperform Bitcoin in periods surrounding halving events.

For instance, the XRP/BTC pair rose by over 100% after the third Bitcoin halving in May 2020. Similarly, the pair jumped 85% around the second Bitcoin Halving in July 2016.

These patterns elevate the prospect of XRP outperforming Bitcoin following the upcoming halving on April 19.

XRP/BTC weekly price chart. Source: TradingView

The observed gains in XRP/BTC largely stem from a reduction in Bitcoin’s dominance post-halving. This trend suggests that traders frequently rotate their investments from Bitcoin to altcoins following the event, ushering in a period commonly referred to as altseason.

BTC.D weekly price chart. Source: TradingView

One reason is that altcoins can offer significant short-term gains due to their lower market caps and higher volatility compared to Bitcoin.

XRP’s technical patterns flip bullish

XRP/BTC has been trending inside a falling wedge pattern since February, characterized by its price fluctuating inside the area defined by two descending, converging trendlines. 

A falling wedge pattern is typically a bullish reversal setup that resolves after the price breaks above its upper trendline and rises to length equal to the maximum distance between its upper and lower trendline.

XRP/BTC daily price chart. Source: TradingView

Applying the same rule of technical analysis on the ongoing XRP/BTC price trends adjusts it breakout target for April/May to 0.00001022 BTC, up around 16.75% from the current levels. 

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In the 2024 outlook on a weekly timeframe, XRP’s price objective against Bitcoin is projected to reach its 50-week Exponential Moving Average (50-week EMA, represented by the red wave in the chart below) at 0.00001449 BTC. This marks a substantial 70% increase from its present price points by June.

XRP/BTC weekly price chart. Source: TradingView

Notably, traders have consistently set their sights on this same 50-week EMA wave as their bullish target following the previous two Bitcoin halvings.

XRP whales return to accumulation

XRP is meanwhile also seeing aggressive accumulation by its wealthiest investors.

For example, since the onset of March, there has been a noticeable uptick in the number of entities holding more than 1 million XRP tokens, and from April, the segment of holders with at least 100,000 XRP tokens has also begun to increase.

XRP addresses with balance greater than 1M and 100K tokens. Source: Messari

This trend underscores the rising bullish sentiment among whales in anticipation of the Bitcoin halving.

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