Bitcoin's 7-day average hashrate | Source: Hashrate Index
Bitcoin's 7-day average hashrate | Source: Hashrate Index

Hashrate Index Roundup (May 28, 2023)

Hashprice continues to slowly drop as transaction fee volumes recede.

Colin Harper
Colin Harper

Happy Sunday, y'all, and happy Memorial Day weekend to our US readers!

Hashprice continues to wind down from its BRC-20-induced bender.

At $73/PH/day, hashprice is currently down 8% month-over-month. Looking a little closer, the average hashprice from May 1-14 was $90.80/PH/day (0.00324 BTC/PH/day), while the average hashprice between May 15-27 was $75.10/PH/day (0.00279 BTC/PH/day) – a 17% decrease.

USD Hashprice 1-month view | Source: Hashrate Index
USD Hashprice 1-month view | Source: Hashrate Index

And it looks like there's more pain for hashprice on the way, because our difficulty forecast currently estimates that a 2.39% upward adjustment is coming up in 3 days. This epoch, blocks have come in 9 minutes and 46 seconds on average.

All that said, it's worth nothing that hashprice could be a few percentage points lower now, even though transaction fees have receded from their early-May highs. Over the last 24 hours, fees made up 6.15% of block rewards, and they made up just over 8% on average this past week (versus 10% the week before).

Maybe Bitcoin will get some more wind under its sails, or ordinals/inscriptions will send transaction fees ripping again. But if not, then hashprice will be just above $70/PH/day when that next difficulty adjustment rolls around – and sub $70/PH/day will be just around the corner.

Bitcoin Mining Market Update

May 28, 2023 Bitcoin Mining Market Update | Source: Hashrate Index
May 28, 2023 Bitcoin Mining Market Update | Source: Hashrate Index

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Bitcoin Mining Stocks Update

Bitcoin mining stocks saw mixed returns last week, but the bulk of them declined in value. Our Crypto Mining Stock Index rose an itty bitty 0.8%.

  • RIOT: $10.92 (-0.73%)
  • HUT: $1.97 (+4.23%)
  • BITF: $1.10 (-2.65%)
  • HIVE: $2.99 (-6.27%)
  • MARA: $8.93(-2.72%)
  • CLSK: $4.23 (+0.4%)
  • ARBK: $1.18 (-1.67%)
  • IREN: $3.47 (-10.57%)
  • WULF: $1.50 (-3.85%)

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Have a great week, and Happy Hashing!

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