Bitcoin price steady with miners raking in $1 billion in January

Posted: 5 February 2021 4:32 pm
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Bitcoin's stabilisation has helped miners earn $1 billion in January alone.

Key Takeaways

  • Bitcoin miners increased revenues to $1 billion in January.
  • Mining stocks up between 400% and 800% over the last quarter.
  • Bitcoin remains steady in the upper US$30,000s.

Bitcoin is trading around US$37,200 at the time of writing, which is a slight decrease in the last 24 hours. The day's trade saw Bitcoin reach as high as US$38,614 according to pricing data from Coinbase.

In the hours after, Bitcoin was not able to challenge further price increases and receded to a daily low of US$36,243 representing a 6.14% range for swing traders.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency are hot on the lips of most people as measured by Google searches. Over the last 3 months, Google searches for digital assets have increased by over 135%.

Relatedly, there has been an increase in active wallets on the Bitcoin blockchain. The number of active wallets on the blockchain over a 7-day moving average has increased to over 1.1 million. That figure has not been realised since the Bitcoin "bubble" burst leading into January 2018.



Digital assets mining revenues increase to over $1 billion

The image below shows that revenue from cryptocurrency mining peaked in the month of January at $1 billion. A level which has not been seen since the Bitcoin bull run in late 2017.

As we can see, according to data from The Block, Bitcoin mining revenues nosedived after the price of Bitcoin came off the 2017 bull run as it entered the Bitcoin "winter".

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One thing the market will look for going forward is whether Bitcoin mining will remain as profitable as it has been up to this date and whether or not it will increase in profitability over time.

As far as cryptocurrency technical data goes, mining profitability is arguably a good indicator of both a digital asset's viability and the sector's growth prospects more generally.

All publicly traded crypto miners are trading in significantly higher territory.

At $23.08, stocks in Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT) are up 538% over the last 3 months alone. Bit Digital (NASDAQ: BTBT) is up over 400% to $18.96 and Marathon Patent Group (NASDAQ: MARA) stocks are up 874% at $22.80 over the same timeline according to data from Tradingview.com.

Interested in cryptocurrency? Learn more about the basics with our beginner's guide to Bitcoin, dive deeper by learning about Ethereum and see what blockchain can do with our simple guide to DeFi.


Disclosure: The author owns a range of cryptocurrencies at the time of writing

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