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Marathon Digital’s Shares Plunged 27% Amid SEC Crackdown

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The SEC has gone after one of Marathon Digital’s facilities in the US, which lead to a massive price slump for the company’s shares.

Shares of the U.S. leading crypto mining company Marathon Digital Holdings (MARA) went on a downward spiral, plunging by nearly 30% within 24 hours amid a recent crackdown by the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

MARA Down 27% in 24 Hours

Since Marathon is primarily a Bitcoin miner, the recent bull run in the crypto market had a positive effect on the company’s stock.

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In the past month alone, the miner’s stock, MARA, went up by more than 40%. However, the past 24 hours have seen the shares plunge by a massive 27%.

In a recent filing, Marathon revealed that it had received a subpoena from the SEC, demanding that it and some of its executives present all relevant documents and communications related to its Hardin, Montana data center facility.

As per the filing, the company noted that the SEC is likely trying to determine whether it broke any laws under the Securities Act through its Hardin Data Center.

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Marathon’s Hardin Data Center Project

In October last year, Marathon partnered with multiple parties, including Beowulf Energy, to design and build a 100-megawatts data center in the small northern town of Hardin, Montana.

During that period, the company announced a joint venture with Beowulf for the Hardin Data Center, a deal that saw the latter become an equity shareholder of Marathon. Additionally, as part of the deal, the Bitcoin miner issued about six million restricted Marathon common shares.

Speaking on the latest regulatory checks, Marathon said in the filing, “We understand that the SEC may be investigating whether or not there may have been any violations of federal securities law. We are cooperating with the SEC.”

The company, however, did not disclose any further details regarding the nature of the possible violation.

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Marathon to Buy More BTC

Meanwhile, before the recent filing, Marathon revealed its plans to raise $500 million by issuing its senior converter notes, which will be due Dec. 1, 2026, unless redeemed, repurchased, or converted before the due date.

The company noted that the funds will be geared toward purchasing more bitcoin and Bitcoin mining equipment.

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Terra, Cardano Price Analysis ‒ 2 December Morning Prediction

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  • Major coin prices recede after a global market cap efflux of 1.78%.
  • Bitcoin prices fall below $57K after a 1.45% value drop.
  • Ethereum suffers a blow of 4.00% in the last 24-hours.
  • Crypto favorites Terra (LUNA) and Cardano (ADA) see gains of 12.13% and 8.06%, respectively.

After witnessing a blow of 1.78% value drop, the global market cap has suffered a $0.06T loss after a recent efflux. The trading volume has dropped by 6.46% and is on a losing streak as the global market cap drops.

The decreasing market cap is due to the small but not unnoticeable; price drops among the various cryptocurrencies that sit among the top ten. Seeing slightly bearish runs and displaying red charts, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Binance have recorded sudden value drops.

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Is Apple Planning For Bitcoin Payments! Will BTC Network Volume Eclipse Visa And Mastercard Payments?

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In an acute inflationary atmosphere, numerous cryptocurrency projects seem to be more appealing to investors. Possible threats of US inflation and the prevailing pandemic situation prompt investors to espouse Bitcoin payments. On the other hand, the network has been thriving hard to outstrip the network volumes of Visa and Mastercard. 

The global crypto market cap raised its bar to the new highs on, as investors gush into Bitcoin investments as Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell made remarks on tapering of monthly bond purchases to occur a couple of weeks before than expected. This move would further result in a hike in the interest rates, resulting in hyperinflation. 

Apple to Adopt Bitcoin Payments?

The reputed tech firms might lookout for investment opportunities that would help manage their purchasing power. Notably, top companies with significant cash reserves such as Apple ($191 billion), Google ($168 billion), Microsoft ($137 billion), Amazon ($86 billion), Facebook ($86 billion), and Oracle ($39 billion) might shift their gears to Crypto investments. Moreover, crypto market insight platform Bitcoin Archive is been optimistic about Apple’s adoption of Bitcoin payments. 

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However, crypto analyst Venturefounds recently made remarks on loss of purchasing power by $102 billion in retaliation of record break inflation rate in the US. Hence, possibilities are quite high that top-tier tech firms would soon roll out a red carpet to the Bitcoin payment adoption. 

On the other hand, the Report of Blockdata confirms Bitcoin’s progressive move against PayPalVisa, and Mastercard payments. Bitcoin network acclaimed an evaluated average of $489 billion per quarter in 2021. Besides Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal payments have recorded network volume worth $3.2 trillion, $1.8 trillion, and $302 billion respectively. However, the platform has been optimistic about the massive growth of Bitcoin’s payment network. 

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Collectively, investors all across the globe appear to be FOMO-ing Bitcoin. Hence, the flagship asset and other revolutionary cryptocurrency projects would experience sustainable growth in the near future. Especially, the platform has dragged more than 60 to 70% of investments during uncertainties such as pandemic and global financial crises.  

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Bitcoin tests traders’ nerves as analyst reissues $400K BTC price forecast

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Bitcoin (BTC) was on repeat on Dec. 2 as markets watched another attack on $60,000 end in defeat.

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BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

“Nothing has changed”

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD back at $57,000 Thursday, having come full circle in 24 hours.

The pair had briefly hit $59,000 into the Wall Street open the day prior, this failing to hold as another round of macro triggers skewed sentiment to the downside once more.

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Bitcoin thus fell in line with stocks reacting, it seemed, to continued concern over the new coronavirus omicron variant. The S&P 500 ended the day down 1.2%.

With a sense of frustration pervading crypto markets, analysts took the opportunity to reassert a longer-range perspective.

“It’s very simple. Below $60K I’ve remained cautious/bearish as I’d like to see that area flip,” Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe summarized.

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“Levels to watch for buys; $53K-54K zone and $47-50K zones for Bitcoin. When to buy altcoins? December. Nothing has changed past weeks.”

Those buy target lows were accompanied by renewed predictions for this cycle’s bullish peak, which, as in April this year, place BTC/USD at up to $400,000.

Fellow analyst TechDev, eyeing Fibonacci levels on the two-week chart, also described Thursday as “another day to zoom out.”

Open interest stays near all-time highs

On exchanges, open interest, meanwhile, remained a source of concern due to its sheer volume relative to price action.

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Data from on-chain analytics firm Glassnode showed open interest on Bitcoin futures recently matching its second-highest levels in history, nearing its April record.

“At some point, this open interest is going to get flushed out one direction or the other,” analyst William Clemente commented.

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Bitcoin futures open interest 7-day moving average chart. Source: William Clemente/Twitter

With cyclical price action characterizing the week, the mood thus stayed favoring an ultimate exit up or down, with derivatives structures being “reset” as a result.

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Funding rates were mostly neutral across exchanges Thursday.

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