Riot Blockchain, Coinbase, and other cryptocurrency stocks gain as bitcoin nears $40,000

Bitcoin 2021
Bitcoin 2021

  • Stocks tied to the cryptocurrency space jumped in early morning trading Monday as bitcoin rallied near $40,000.
  • Bitcoin rallied to its highest point in over two weeks after Elon Musk tweeted Tesla would accept payment in crypto once mining uses cleaner energy.
  • Mining stocks Riot Blockchain, Marathon Digital Holdings, and Bit Digital jumped.
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Stocks tied to the cryptocurrency space jumped in early morning trading Monday as bitcoin rallied near $40,000.

Mining stocks Riot Blockchain and Marathon Digital Holdings climbed 8.19% and 7.7%, respectively. Meanwhile, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase was up 2.8%.

Cryptocurrency stocks often move in tandem with bitcoin’s price. Bitcoin hit $39,746 on Monday – the highest point in over two weeks – after Elon Musk tweeted Tesla would accept the cryptocurrency as payment again once the energy used for mining shifts to more sustainable sources.

“When there’s confirmation of reasonable (~50%) clean energy usage by miners with positive future trend, Tesla will resume allowing Bitcoin transactions,” the electric-vehicle maker CEO said in a tweet.

Bitcoin was trading 9.44% higher around $39,310 on Monday as of 8:30 a.m. ET.

Other crypto-focused names were trading higher Monday, with blockchain technology company Ebang holdings up 4.12% and mining company Bit Digital up 5.43%.

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Cryptocurrency-mining stocks could continue to outperform bitcoin amid a ‘modern-age gold rush,’ Fundstrat says

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  • Cryptocurrency-mining stocks have outperformed bitcoin and could continue to beat its gains, Fundstrat said.
  • Shares of Riot Blockchain have jumped 8,000% over the past year, compared with bitcoin’s 525% gain.
  • But investing in mining companies may magnify gains and losses, the firm said.
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Shares of the largest public cryptocurrency-mining companies have outperformed bitcoin in the past 12 months and could continue to do so as bitcoin and the wider cryptocurrency market represent the “modern-age digital gold rush,” Fundstrat’s Leeor Shimron said.

In a recent note, Shimron, the vice president of digital asset strategy, said the purest way to gain exposure to bitcoin mining was to invest directly in mining farms, like Riot Blockchain, Hive Blockchain, Marathon Digital Holdings, and Hut 8.

“Over the past year, they greatly outperformed Bitcoin, which accelerated when the $20,000 all-time high was breached,” Shimron said. “We expect this dynamic to continue as the bull market plays out.”

Riot Blockchain, for example, has gained roughly 8,000% over the past year, while bitcoin has rallied about 525%.

Shimron also said the mining companies had taken steps to capture the growth of the bitcoin bull run, such as investing in efficient hardware and upgrading machines to increase operating leverage and hashrate capacity.

However, investors should be aware that buying shares of mining companies may be risky, with massive upside potential but also the potential for magnified losses during bitcoin’s bear markets.

“Although there is not enough historical data to confirm, mining company equities may serve as a high-beta play on Bitcoin,” Shimron said. “This would magnify performance to the upside and downside for these types of stocks. Clearly their performance is tied to the price of Bitcoin, but they may deliver amplified returns during a bull market. We are seeing this play out in the current market cycle. When Bitcoin enters a bear cycle, we would expect mining equities to have greater downside volatility than Bitcoin.”

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