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Bitcoin Miners Not Showing Capitulation Signs, Says CryptoQuant CEO

Jimmy Aki
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CryptoQuant CEO Ki Young Ju explained on April 30 the dilemma facing bitcoin miners post-halving. According to the researcher, miners are now at a crossroads – they can either capitulate to current market conditions or await a potential BTC price increase.

Bitcoin Miners May Fall to Halving Event Pressure

Ju expressed his concerns on X that bitcoin miners were holding onto their crypto holdings despite plummeting revenues. Revenues have dropped to 2023 levels due to the just concluded bitcoin halving, which slashed block rewards from 6.25 BTC to 3.125 BTC.

While the miners saw temporary higher revenue of over $100 million on the halving day, it has since been reduced, with Ju indicating that “there are no signs of capitulation for now.”

Bitcoin miners capitulate when the price drops, and the less efficient miners are forced off the network because the bitcoin they earn is not worth the cost to mine. This can lead them to sell their bitcoin reserves, resulting in further price drops.

On the other hand, miners may wait for a price increase, hoping that bitcoin’s price will rise in the future, making it more profitable for them to continue mining.

BTC trades at $60K at press time, down 4.46% in the last 24 hours, 9.47% in the past seven days, and 17.1% since hitting its all-time high price of $73,750 on March 14, 2024.

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BTC market data in the past seven days

Bitcoin’s prices have historically shown fluctuations around halving events, often leading to expectations of a possible rally following the increased scarcity of the asset.

The latest bitcoin halving took a new path as BTC had already reached a new all-time high before the halving, leading enthusiasts and global crypto communities to suggest that the market dynamics have shifted compared to previous halving cycles.

Analysts Forecast Selloffs & Price Increases for Bitcoin Miners

Industry experts have made many price predictions for bitcoin post-halving, with some expecting a price increase due to the change in the rate at which new coins are created.

10x Research published a cautionary forecast suggesting that bitcoin miners could liquidate up to $5 billion following the halving. Markus Thielen, Head of Research at 10x Research, indicated that the crypto markets might not see any major upward movement until October 2024.

In contrast, Coincodex projected an optimistic market sentiment leading up to and after the bitcoin halving, with predictions indicating that bitcoin’s price could experience a minor retracement about a month after the event. However, this retracement would be followed by a 14-month-long rally, they suggested, culminating in a new all-time high of approximately $179,000 in August 2025.