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Could ASIC miner values signal a crypto surge?


Could ASIC miner values signal a crypto surge?
Could ASIC miner values signal a crypto surge?

Adam Back, the co-founder and CEO of Blockstream, has recently brought attention to an interesting correlation: the prices of ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) miners tend to align with Bitcoin prices. Could ASIC miner values signal a crypto surge?


This correlation has been historically confirmed, with the prices of miners peaking during the 2021 Bitcoin bull run, coinciding with BTC reaching its all-time high of $69,000.


Back's analysis highlights the significance of mining equipment in understanding the overall ecosystem, even amidst changing market conditions.


Furthermore, the CEO of Blockstream suggests that the price of ASIC miners is not solely determined by manufacturing costs or technological advancements, but also serves as an indicator of market sentiment towards Bitcoin itself.


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The Miners’ Market: A Reflection Of Bitcoin’s Value

During the 2021 bull market, the price of ASIC miners was initially low, reflecting the positive sentiment and anticipation within the Bitcoin community for a significant rally. As Bitcoin's value surged, so did the price for these mining machines, peaking at $120/Terrahash (TH) alongside Bitcoin's all-time high. However, with the subsequent decline in BTC value, the demand and price for ASIC miners dropped significantly and are currently trading at under $15/TH. Despite this, there is still hope for a potential resurgence in ASIC miner prices, according to Back in a video posted on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Historically there’s been a high correlation between ASIC miner and #Bitcoin prices. Learn how the new the Blockstream ASIC (BASIC) Note investment opportunity capitalizes on this thesis. Blockstream CEO Dr. @adam3us explains: pic.twitter.com/zHAqhLsGet — Blockstream (@Blockstream) October 31, 2023

The Blockstream CEO has suggested that as Bitcoin's bull phase continues, the value of essential mining components is likely to increase. This is due to the upcoming Bitcoin Halving event, which has historically impacted Bitcoin's price due to the reduced rate at which new Bitcoins are generated. The CEO believes that this event could be a catalyst for Bitcoin's price surge and a parallel rise in the value of ASIC miners.


Bitcoin Path To Reclaim $35,000

Despite numerous predictions and analyses regarding Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency has consistently moved at its own pace. After a brief retracement from the previously reached $35,000 level, the asset has shown signs of resilience and is now on a path to reclaim that price zone.


Bitcoin (BTC) price is moving sideways on the 4-hour chart. Source: BTC/USDT on TradingView.com
Bitcoin (BTC) price is moving sideways on the 4-hour chart. Source: BTC/USDT on TradingView.com


Currently, the asset trades at $34,269, down by 1.1% in the past 24 hours. However, looking at its weekly performance, Bitcoin still appears to be in gains. Though it has dropped by 0.7% in the past 7 days, it is still up by 20% in the past two weeks.


Back mentioned that the Bitcoin Halving appears as a significant milestone that could precede a notable increase in Bitcoin’s price, typically starting around six months post-halving.


While the CEO of Blockstream hesitates to make a definitive prediction about the exact outcome this time, he remains optimistic about Bitcoin’s prospects, positing that the cryptocurrency could still grow further this year or next year.


Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

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