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Litecoin (LTC) has displaced the Ripple’s digital token XRP to become the third-largest public blockchain, with $10.8 billion market capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap

Considering the latest ranking of public blockchains, LTC is only behind Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), with $630 billion and $94 billion respectively in terms of market valuation.

Litecoin (LTC) Displaces XRP

As of the time of filing this report, Tether (USDT), the largest stablecoin in the world, with $21.3 billion. So, this indicates that Litecoin (LTC) is now the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

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Litecoin’s price rise to join the top five digital currencies was meteoric in 2020 and the bullishness is still reigning on the trend of the cryptocurrency. Obviously, this bullishness is good for LTC as it aims to surpass $200 soon.

Litecoin (LTC) Surpasses XRP to Become the Largest Public Blockchain after Bitcoin and Ethereum
Courtesy of CoinMarketCap

Many crypto analysts have attributed this significant rise to the announcement of adding LTC to PayPal global payment options, alongside Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

After this, the prices of BCH and LTC surged higher, mirroring BTC, as purely transactional currencies, depending on a broad user base as drivers of price.

Litecoin, position itself as a digital silver, complementing—and not competing with Bitcoin, has since maintained an upward trajectory, blasting past $100, rallying above $120, and analysts project even more gains.

Read Also: Charlie Lee Explains Why Litecoin (LTC) Is Adopting Key Privacy Enhancing Features

Last month, Charlie Lee, the co-founder of Litecoin, cited several “value propositions” as triggers of the recent LTC/USD surge.

Charlie Lee tweeted back in December 2020, “Litecoin’s value proposition: – High liquidity & on every exchange – #2 supported on ATMs – 350m PayPal users – $104m Grayscale LTCN trust – 99% Scrypt hashrate dominance – MWEB fungibility/privacy – Low fees & fast txns – $500b+ value transferred – 9+ years w/ zero downtime.”

Reason behind XRP’s Below Par Performance

XRP, the digital asset that currently occupies 5th position in the market has failed to join the Bitcoin and altcoins’ rally. However, the price of the cryptocurrency has been stable above $0.2 support level over the last 48 hours, but there is still a possibility for further downtrend, due to the major lawsuit before its top distributor, Ripple.

It can be recalled that Ripple, the cross-border payment firm was sued on 22nd December 2020 by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for the sale of XRP, a digital token regarded as an unregistered security.

Read Also: David Schwartz Says XRP Community Could Force Ripple To Burn Its Over 50 Billion XRP

Since the lawsuit was brought to the public notice, XRP has been losing its accumulated market value. Above all, a number of exchanges and crypto-related firms have decided to suspend their relationship with the cryptocurrency.

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Solomon Odunayo

By Solomon Odunayo

Solomon Odunayo is an accomplished blockchain and cryptocurrency expert at Herald Sheets, known for his in-depth analysis and engaging articles that cater to both beginners and experienced readers. With a degree in Computer Science from the University of Lagos, Solomon leverages his technical background and keen understanding of the crypto space to provide readers with valuable insights and up-to-date news. His passion for innovation and commitment to staying current with industry developments make him a trusted voice in the digital currency community.