Bitcoin BTC/USD mining companies liquidated more BTC than they produced in June, giving up on the "hodl-at-any-cost" strategy they subscribed to in the January-April period.
What Happened: Publicly traded Bitcoin miners sold 14,600 BTC in June, accounting for almost 25% of their holdings at “fire-sale prices,” a report from Arcane Research showed.
“The bitcoin price decline spurred financial difficulties that forced the miners to start liquidating their precious bitcoin holdings, and May was the first month where they sold more than 100% of their production,” wrote Arcane analyst Jason Mallory.
In June, miners sold four times as many Bitcoin as they did in May. The report found that miners sold 14,600 BTC and produced only 3,900 BTC, suggesting sales outstripped production by 400%.
This is a radical shift from the "hodl-at-any-cost" strategy seen among public miners from January to April, when they sold between 20% and 40% of their bitcoin production.
The top five sellers in June were Core Scientific Inc CORZ, Bitfarms Ltd BITF, Northern Data NDTAF, Argo Blockchain ADR ARBK and CleanSpark Inc CLSK.
After the liquidations, the miners with the largest Bitcoin reserves were Marathon Digital Holdings Inc MARA, Hut 8 Mining Corp HUT, and Riot Blockchain RIOT.
At the end of June, Marathon Digital held 10,055 BTC, Hut 8 7,406 BTC, and Riot 6,654 BTC.
Price Action: According to data from Benzinga Pro, shares of Core Scientific were up 18.27% on Monday. The stock, which moves largely in tandem with Bitcoin’s price, is down 82% year-to-date.
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