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A flat month for miners after a volatile April

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April was a month filled with significant activity and volatility for Bitcoin miners. Most of the month was spent anticipating Bitcoin’s halving and the launch of Runes, with many analysts and market experts warning about the outsized impact they could have on the mining sector.

As expected, the combination of the halving and Runes propelled transaction fees and miner revenues to unprecedented heights. A total of 1,257 BTC in fees was paid to miners, bringing their total revenue from fees to 75.44%.

Graph showing the percentage of miner revenue derived from fees from April 1 to June 2, 2024 (Source: Glassnode)

Come May, the mining industry entered a calm and uneventful period. Data from Glassnode showed stability across multiple miner metrics despite the broader market experiencing significant volatility.

The amount of BTC held in miner wallets saw a vertical spike on April 20, passing 1.807 million BTC. However, this spike was short-lived as miners offloaded much of their newly received profit. Balances reverted to 1.805 million BTC by the end of April, remaining stable throughout May. We saw a slight decrease to 1.803 million BTC by June 3. This balance stability shows a period of equilibrium and reduced activity compared to April. It indicates that miners were neither aggressively selling their holdings nor significantly accumulating new coins, preferring instead to maintain their positions and only cover operating costs.

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Graph showing the total supply of BTC held in miner addresses from April 1 to June 2, 2024 (Source: Glassnode)

Transaction fees, a critical indicator of miner revenue and network activity, also reflected this shift. The explosive fee increase to 1,257.71 BTC on April 20 was short-lived, dropping to 253.93 BTC by April 22 and further declining to a mere 16.35 BTC by the second half of May. By June 2, fees had risen slightly to 35.13 BTC, but this was still a far cry from the peaks seen in April. This fee reduction can largely be attributed to the waning attention for Runes and an overall decrease in network congestion and transaction volumes.

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Graph showing the total amount of fees paid to miners from April 1 to June 2, 2024 (Source: Glassnode)

Analyzing miner transfers to exchanges further shows just how calm May was. Early April saw transfers of 71.95 BTC, which decreased to 57.03 BTC by April 20 and continued to decline, reaching 29.08 BTC by May 19. This metric remained relatively stable, with 34.90 BTC transferred by May 22 and…

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