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Crypto miner Marathon Digital’s shares fall nearly 18%, on pace for worst day since January 

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Shares of crypto miner Marathon Digital Holdings fell nearly 18% to as low as $23.07 on Friday afternoon, putting the stock on pace for its worst day since Jan. 18 after logging an impressive rally earlier this month.

Marathon’s stock
MARA,
-16.44%

rebounded slightly over the course of the afternoon session, but was still down 16% to $23.60 as of 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, according to FactSet data.

The losses come after the company’s shares surged 112% during a 11-day win streak to close Wednesday at $31.07, their highest price since March 29, 2022, before falling 9.5% on Thursday. The stock previously fell 17.4% on Jan. 18.

Marathon shares are still up nearly 600% so far this year, putting the stock on pace for its best year since 2020, per FactSet data. Its recent rally is in part driven by optimism that a spot-bitcoin
BTCUSD,
+0.29%

exchange-traded fund may soon be approved in the U.S.

Other crypto miners have also rallied this year, with shares of Riot Platforms
RIOT,
-12.10%

up over 360% this year to date and shares of Ebang International
EBON,
-11.36%

up more than 430% during the same period.

Bitcoin edged lower on Friday and is down 1.1% over the past 24 hours to slightly above $42,000, according to CoinDesk data. The cryptocurrency is up 156.9% so far this year, while still down almost 40% from its peak in 2021.

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