Final week, as share costs ripped upwards of 50% to ranges not seen for the reason that 2018 cryptocurrency bullrun, Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT) appointed former director of the itemizing committee for the Toronto Stock Trade, Hubert Marleau, to the Riot board of administrators.
The Colorado-based agency was out there for a brand new director after the departure of former Canadian Cupboard member Remo Mancini. Marleau brings a variety of regulatory and governing expertise to Riot, having additionally served as governor of the Montreal and Vancouver stock exchanges. Marleau additionally boasts a robust tutorial background, and he at the moment serves as a chair for a lecture sequence in his identify on the College of Ottawa.
Marleau’s appointment comes amid an unusually sturdy week for RIOT share price. RIOT closed at $6 even after opening the week at $4.10, simply outpacing Bitcoin‘s almost 20% rise. On the yr, RIOT is up almost 500% from $1.22.
Appointing a brand new director shouldn’t be the one transfer that the mining big has made in current weeks. Riot agreed to an enormous 8,000-unit, $17.7 million-dollar buy of latest Antminer S19 Professional Bitcoin mining rigs to increase operations in August.
The acquisition may be an effort to stave off rival mining agency Marathon Patent Group’s efforts to swipe the “Top Miner in North America” crown. As Fintech Zoom beforehand reported, Marathon themselves bought 10,000 S19 Professional models in late October.
Like Riot, Marathon Patent Group’s MARA ticker is buying and selling a lot increased on the week, closing at $3.39 price after a $2.38 Monday open.
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