HomeLatest NewsNEM (XEM) price retraces by 12% despite Symbol airdrop

NEM (XEM) price retraces by 12% despite Symbol airdrop

XEM price could dip below $0.60 if bulls fail to take control short term

Holders of NEM will receive 1 XYM for each XEM token held during the Symbol airdrop

NEM price has dipped nearly 12% in the past 24 hours to touch lows of $0.59. Over the past week, the cryptocurrency’s value against the US dollar has dropped by over 25%. If the prices drop further, XEM/USD could trade plunge below $0.59 and touch prices last seen on 1 March 2021.

At the time of writing, NEM is trading at $0.63 but with a bearish outlook on the 4-hour chart. The token could be set for a few drab days even as the community inches closer to the Symbol (XYM) airdrop.

According to the team behind NEM, the previously postponed airdrop will occur on 15 March, with a snapshot of the blockchain scheduled for 12 March. During the token giveaway, those who opt-in will receive 1 XYM token for every XEM token they hold.

Among exchanges that have announced support for the airdrop are Poloniex, Gate.io, and Bitpanda.

XEM/USD

XEM/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

NEM has failed to recover above $0.66, the 0.618 Fibonacci retracement level of the swing from $0.53 low to $0.87 high. This is after a sharp sell-off saw prices decline below the support line of a descending triangle pattern on the 4-hour chart.

Bulls need to push higher and breach the resistance at the above price level to retake control. That would put XEM/USD on course to retest the 0.5 Fibonacci retracement level ($0.70). The 20-day EMA is also currently stationed at $0.69, suggesting an upside break alongside a broader rally in the market will likely propel the pair towards the 0.382 Fib level ($0.74).

Above this, bulls could target $0.80 and the recent peak at $0.87.

On the contrary, XEM/USD could see further declines short term if the price drops below $0.60. The MACD (4-hour chart) has crossed into the bearish zone with a sloping RSI is printing oversold. While bulls may take advantage of tiring sellers, this will likely come after prices dip lower before seeing a fresh upside.

XEM/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The hourly chart shows bears are largely in charge. XEM prices remain well below the 100 and 200 SMAs. There’s also a bearish flag pattern formation whose confirmation would see XEM/USD dip towards the $0.60 support.

The above perspective could call for more sell orders, with the added pressure forcing bulls to defend gains near the previous support zone at $0.53.

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