Riot Blockchain plummets 32% in 3 days as bitcoin momentum turns negative
- Riot Blockchain stock plummeted as much as 18.5% on Thursday as
Bitcoin's momentum turned negative.
- The company is now on a three-day losing streak, with shares down over 30%.
- Bitcoin sentiment has turned bearish this week following comments from Janet Yellen during her confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary.
Riot Blockchain stock plummeted as much as 18.5% on Thursday as bitcoin's momentum turned decidedly negative.
The cryptocurrency has dropped some 22% from its January 8 high of over $40,000 per coin. Three-day losses for Riot's stock now exceed 30%.
The company has an additional 28,100 S19 and S19j Pro Antminers on order through 2021 as well. When fully operational, Riot expects to boast an aggregate bitcoin mining hash rate capacity of 3.8 Exahash ("EH/s"), making it one of the largest crypto miners in the world.Read More: We spoke to Winklevoss-backed crypto platform Gemini about bitcoin, how to use stable coins, and why regulation won't kill the boom in digital currencies.
However, just like gold miners,
Second, an unconfirmed report from BitMEX research suggested a critical flaw called "double-spend" occurred in the bitcoin blockchain. If the reports are true, they could undermine confidence in the cryptocurrency.
There are still bulls out there, though. On Wednesday, it was revealed the world's largest asset manager, BlackRock, will allow two of its mutual funds to invest in the cryptocurrency.Read More: Bubbly behavior is brewing in markets and Big Tech is reeling from 2 major political events this month - Three investing heavyweights that jointly manage almost $1 trillion break down the impact on these stocks and how to position
Riot appears to be aware of just how important bitcoin's price is to its own future.
"The price of bitcoin recently exceeding $41,000 has resulted in a dramatic rise in values attributed to bitcoin mining enterprises, while also accelerating competitive expansion in the industry and higher acquisition costs for increasingly scarce miners," said Jeff McGonegal, CEO of Riot.McGonegal continued, "as Riot evaluates its strategy for 2021 and beyond, we are very excited and focused on the significant opportunities created by current market conditions, but also mindful of the potential impacts on our business that the highly volatile bitcoin pricing trends can have on operations and values, combined with competitive, market and regulatory factors that need to be monitored and considered."
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