Profitability Rises in June Amid Market Adjustments Post-Halving

  • Sergey Maga
  • 9 July, 2024 05:50
Profitability Rises in June Amid Market Adjustments Post-Halving

Bitcoin mining became more profitable in June compared to May, according to Jefferies’ latest research report. The 2% rise in Bitcoin’s price and a 5% drop in network hashrate contributed to this increased profitability as the market adjusted to the recent halving. Analyst Jonathan Petersen noted that June marked a modest recovery from the immediate impacts of the halving, which had significantly slowed the growth rate of Bitcoin supply, according to Coindesk.

Jefferies also revised its price targets for several Bitcoin mining companies. Marathon Digital’s target was lowered to $22 from $24, and Argo Blockchain‘s ADRs target was cut to $1.20 from $1.50. The U.K.-traded shares of Argo were reduced to 9.5p from 11.9p. Despite these adjustments, Jefferies maintained a hold rating on these companies.

June saw U.S.-listed mining firms produce a larger share of new Bitcoin, increasing from 19.1% in May to 20.8% in June. Marathon Digital mined 590 Bitcoin, although this was 4% less than May’s total. CleanSpark mined 445 Bitcoin, marking a 7% increase. Marathon continues to hold the largest installed hashrate among U.S. miners at 31.5 exahashes per second (EH/s), with Riot Platforms in second place at 22 EH/s.

The report highlights a strategic shift among Bitcoin miners towards high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) hosting. This move aims to diversify revenue streams and capitalize on the growing demand for AI and cloud computing infrastructure, driven by the declining profitability of Bitcoin mining post-halving.

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