The world’s largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin (CRYPTO:BTC), just keeps getting bigger. Over the past 24 hours, its price has risen about 2% and is approaching $58,000 per Bitcoin. This puts Bitcoin’s market capitalization at about $1.07 trillion, according to CoinDesk.
Today, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the latest economic stimulus package, sparking a big rally on Wall Street. These two factors — the price of Bitcoin and the stimulus — caused cryptocurrency stocks to skyrocket. Cryptocurrency miners like The9 Limited and Riot Blockchain were up 17% and 12%, respectively. And mining-equipment manufacturer Canaan was up a whopping 30% for the session.
Canaan, Riot Blockchain, and The9 are diverse businesses. Nevertheless, these tend to trade in tandem based on the direction of cryptocurrencies. And cryptocurrencies tend to trade in the same direction as Bitcoin. On one hand, this makes sense. Riot Blockchain mines Bitcoin. To generate revenue, it periodically sells what it’s mined. When prices go up, it’s a good time for the company to sell, because it allows for greater revenue.
On the other hand, not all of these moves make total sense. For example, Canaan manufactures equipment used for mining Bitcoin. As the price rises, more and more companies are enticed to mine. For proof, consider the total hash rate of the Bitcoin blockchain network. The hash rate measures the total computing power of the network. According to Blockchain.com, the total hash rate is up roughly 34% year over year.
Simply put, there’s 34% more machine power mining Bitcoin than at this moment last year. Of course, last year at this time, the price of Bitcoin was about $6,000. It’s gone up almost 10 times since then, and mining companies are scrambling to grab their piece of this increasingly valuable pie.
In a gold rush, it’s a great time to be selling shovels. And Canaan sells Bitcoin shovels. However, the company already announced it’s running at capacity for the remainder of the year and possibly into next year. That’s great for business. But as the price of Bitcoin keeps rising, that doesn’t mean there’s more demand for Canaan’s products — its demand has already maxed out.
Nevertheless, Canaan, Riot Blockchain, and The9 stocks are all favorites among traders. As long as that’s the case, they’ll likely see outsize moves on days like today, as traders buy the news.
In my opinion, all of these stocks remain risky investments. That doesn’t mean they can’t go up further. In fact, they’ve already risen far more than what I thought possible, so congrats to long-term shareholders. However, I would think that these stocks would eventually come back in line with business fundamentals. Consider these three stocks from a price-to-sales (P/S) ratio perspective: