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  • Steem has lost part of its gains in recent 24 hours, but it is still above critical support.
  • The sell-off may continue towards the next barrier created by SMA50 daily.

Steem community will activate a hardfork and move the whole ecosystem to HIVE blockchain in less than seven hours. The fork is scheduled at 10:00 EST, March 20, and it will result in separation from the development fund Steemit controlled by Justin Sun, who allegedly tried to seize control over the ecosystem. 

Read more: STEEM is at pump phase ahead of the hard fork; the token gains over 183%

STEEM token experienced a strong growth ahead of the event as two major exchanges announced that they would support the fork and the airdrop for STEEM owners. The price went as high as $0.5264 amid a massive pump. However, a pump stage is often followed by a dump that erases a big chunk of the gains. That’s what happened to STEEM. At the time of writing the coin is changing hands at $0.2970. The coin has lost over 22% in recent 24 hours; however, it is still below the lower line of the daily Bollinger Band, which means that the downside correction may not be over just yet. 

STEEM/USD: Technical picture

The price may retreat to the intraday low currently at $0.2950. This local support is deemed to slow down the sell-off, but once it is cleared, a major barrier of $0.2000 will come into focus. This support is reinforced by SMA50 daily. Once it is broken, $0.1700 with SMA10 daily on approach will come into focus.

On the upside, a sustainable move above $0.3000 is needed to get the upside trend back on track. Once it is out of the way, the upside is likely to gain traction with the next focus on $0.3172, which is the highest level of the day. 

STEEM/USD daily chart