Beaten-down cryptocurrency XRP surges 80% in 24 hours, nearly triples in value on week

Chesnot | Getty Images In this photo illustration, a visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency Ripple is displayed on January 30, 2018 in Paris, France. One of the worst performing cryptocurrencies this year is making a comeback. XRP rose more than 80 percent Friday to a high of 77 cents, bringing its gains this week to 185 percent, according to data from Its market capitalization jumped to roughly $26.8 billion, surpassing ethereum as the worlds second most valuable cryptocurrency behind bitcoin . Often mistakenly called Ripple, XRP has fared the worst of the top cryptocurrencies this year. At one point this summer, it was down more than 90 percent from the high. Ripple is a fintech company that focuses on global payments, and holds the majority of XRP the cryptocurrency. XRP is a cryptocurrency, independent of the company, that can be used on Ripples platforms. show chapters Hedge fund titan Mike Novogratz sees a 30% bitcoin rally by year-end 2 Hours Ago | 11:05 The upward move was spurred by rumors of a new product. An executive at Ripple told CNBC this week that the start-up was making headway with its xRapid product, aimed at helping banks speed up transactions by using the cryptocurrency XRP . I am very confident that in the next one month or so you will see some good news coming in where we launch the product live in production, Sagar Sarbhai, head of regulatory relations for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at Ripple told CNBC Monday. Ripple describes its xRapid product as using XRP as bridge between currencies, which executives say allows payment providers and banks to process faster cross-border transactions. Joe DiPasquale, CEO of cryptocurrency fund of hedge funds BitBull Capital pointed to the xRapid news as a positive for the cryptocurrencys price recovery. People are definitely buying the news, he said. This is another case of Ripple showing its dominance in real world relationships with financial companies, and yet another spike in XRPs price because of it. The company has struck deals with various high-profile financial institutions, including Santander and American Express . But those partnerships have so far been mostly focused on another product called xCurrent. Ripples Sarbhai said that more than 120 banks are currently partnered with Ripple, using the blockchain-based product xCurrent. Firms testing the product include money transfer giants Western Union and MoneyGram and payment upstarts MercuryFX, Viamericas and Cuallix. Ripples xCurrent is used by banks to settle international transactions and is used to confirm each stage of a cross-border payment in real-time, according to the company. This week, U.S. banking giant PNC announced it would use Ripples blockchain technology for cross-border transactions like wire transfers, but it wont be using the cryptocurrency XRP. Despite the partnerships, XRP has a long way to recover to this years highs above $3.60 in January. Its still down 66 percent from the beginning of the year. All of the top five cryptocurrencies were higher Friday. Bitcoin and ethereum were up 4 percent and 13 percent respectively. EOS rose 12 percent and bitcoin cash both was up 13 percent, according to CNBCs Ryan Browne contributed reporting. WATCH: How to start your very own cryptocurrency show chapters How to start your very own cryptocurrency 7:15 AM ET Wed, 9 May 2018 | 03:13 Subscribe to CNBC:

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    nnissilceibed1986 June 15, 2019

    Great video!