Rule 1: Wave 2 cannot retrace more than 100% of Wave 1.
Rule 2: Wave 3 can never be the shortest of the three impulse waves.
Rule 3: Wave 4 can never overlap Wave 1.
If any TA's have labels that violate any one of these rules, then it is wrong, period. guidelines can be broken/bent, rules cannot.
Back to the analysis...
No change to the long term count because we have not broken any rules. Primary wave 2 can carry us all the way down to 99.9% retracement of the first wave and still be valid. That's right... we could go all the way down to near .006 before starting the next wave up.
Do I believe we will get there? No, but it is certainly possible and if it happens I will not alter my count. Note that after wave 2 finishes (at whatever price), THERE WILL BE A WAVE 3 RALLY WHICH WILL TAKE US HIGHER THAN $3.30. The only possibility I see that this doesn't happen, is if XRP fails as a currency and is shut down... pretty much the risk of any crypto-currency, right? If the possibility of this happening causes you to lose sleep each night, then I would humbly suggest you consider staying out of the crypto market. It is extremely risky!
The bears are in clear control and the last waves of selling have been intense across nearly all crypto-currencies. As painful as this is to take if you are a long term holder, it provides reinforcement that we are indeed in a wave 2.
Note the "character" of wave 2's:
Second Waves (Wave 2)
Second waves tend to retrace so much of Wave 1 that most of the profits gained are eroded. They tend to end on low and low . In a bear market, this indicates a drying up of selling pressure. However, during Wave 2 most investors are convinced that the bear market is here to stay.
Does that pretty much sum up the sentiment of most investors right now? I think so.
One of the guidelines in is that 5 wave impulse patterns tend to form channels. The bears have broken the lower green channel on my chart. Unless quickly retraced, the channel is invalidated. Longer term, this means that the is forming a less steep angle. The upper channel is very steep (running through near $30 by August/September), so I don't think this is too surprising, and it has pretty much ruled out the alternate count I was tracking (that we were in a lower degree wave 4). Price movement reveals clarity about the pattern. This in turn eliminates possibilities, and is extremely valuable for future trading.
Where will wave 2 end? can't help much (since wave 2's can retrace up to 99.9%), but there is some support at the previous high of 39.887 ( ). level of 88.6% is very near there (between .38 - .39), which gives us some reinforcement of that area.
The market is extremely oversold, but some of the nastiest falls happen when it is in this state. I will be watching the character, wave counts, and indicators on short term bounces to see if they give indications that wave 2 is over and that wave 3 (up) has begun.
Be safe out there.
More importantly, from an Elliott wave perspective, the move up from the recent lows has an impulsive, 5 wave look so far. Very positive developments that lend evidence to the possibility that wave 2 has ended and wave 3 has begun.
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