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Blockchain firm BTCS soars on retail rush for bitcoin dividends

:Shares in blockchain technology-focused firm BTCS Inc rocketed on Thursday, set to increase a four-day rally, as extra retail traders scooped them up after the corporate final week provided to pay dividends in bitcoin.

The Silver Spring, Maryland-based firm has seen its inventory worth greater than double since Jan. 5, when it proposed to pay US$0.05 per share in bitcoin to those that choose for it. Its first bitcoin dividend, or “bividend” as BTCS calls it, is due on March 16.

Shares of BTCS climbed 20per cent to a six-week excessive of US$7.80 in early buying and selling on Thursday as the net buzz over its plan grew in boards comparable to Reddit and stocktwits.com, which had been instrumental within the “meme stock” frenzy final 12 months.

Nearly 9 million BTCS shares modified palms throughout the first jiffy of buying and selling, greater than double the corporate’s public float of 4.2 million shares. A smaller variety of free float shares makes the inventory susceptible to sharp strikes.

“This is a moment we have long anticipated since the Company purchased the domain, bividend.com, in February 2015,” CEO Charles Allen mentioned in an announcement final Wednesday.

BTCS, final valued at US$69 million, claims to be the primary Nasdaq-listed firm to supply dividends in bitcoin. Video sport retailer GameStop on Friday jumped as a lot as 22per cent on plans to launch a division to develop a market for nonfungible tokens (NFTs).

Meanwhile, costs of highly-volatile cryptocurrencies have tumbled since hitting all-time highs late final 12 months. Bitcoin was final buying and selling at US$44,306.29 on Thursday, about 36per cent beneath its all-time peak.

(Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)

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