MicroStrategy and Marathon Digital Lead Bounce for Crypto-Related Stocks

The government's weekend backstop of depositors at failed lenders Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank sent bitcoin above $22,000.

AccessTimeIconMar 13, 2023 at 12:46 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 13, 2023 at 5:36 p.m. UTC

Crypto-related stocks are mostly posting modest gains alongside the price of bitcoin (BTC) in premarket action on Monday following government moves on Sunday to stem what was shaping up to be a banking crisis.

The price of bitcoin had plunged to below $20,000 late last week following the failures of crypto-focused Silvergate Bank and Silicon Valley Bank, a bank with many ties to the crypto industry. Silvergate was a relatively small lender, but the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank – the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history – had many going into the weekend worried about systemic contagion.

A number of government agencies Sunday evening teamed up to protect all depositors at Silicon Valley Bank. At the same time, New York regulators shut down Signature Bank (SBNY) as the federal government promised to protect all depositors. The actions sent U.S. stock index futures higher by more than 1%, though that rally lost steam shortly before the open. At press time, only Nasdaq 100 futures remain in the green, up 0.2%.

On Sunday, bitcoin bounced as high as $22,600. It was recently trading at $22,100. Among crypto-related stock movers Monday morning, MicroStrategy (MSTR), a software company that holds a large amount of bitcoin, rose 5.6%, and bitcoin miners Marathon Digital (MARA) and Riot Platforms (RIOT) were up 5.5% and 2.6%, respectively. Crypto exchange Coinbase (COIN) was down 0.6%.


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