Mining Round-Up: Nvidia Shares Drop, College Students Mine on Campus

August 17, 2018
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In recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency mining, Nvidia has witnessed a drop in its share price after announcing an unexpectedly modest earnings outlook – partly driven by reduced demand for mining hardware. Also, the World Digital Mining Summit has been scheduled for late September in Tbilisi, Georgia, and reports continue to surface detailing opportunistic students using college electricity to mine crypto.

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Nvidia Shares Drop After Reduced Crypto Sales Fuel Declining Profits in Q2

The price of Nvidia stock fell by 6 percent on Thursday following the announcement of lower-than-expected revenue guidance. Despite the bearish response, the company reported better-than-expected earnings. As of this writing, Nvidia’s shares are valued at $247.25 USD each.

Nvidia announced revenue projections of $3.25 billion for Q3 of 2019 – roughly 2.7% less than analyst estimates of 3.34 billion for the third quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.

Nvidia posted earnings of $1.76 per share, excluding certain items, up from earnings of $1.66 per share that was anticipated by analysts, and revenue of $3.12 billion – up from an expected revenue of $3.10 billion. Nvidia’s revenue grew by 40 percent year-over-year for Q2 2018.

Whilst the company’s data center and automotive segments exceeded revenue prediction, the company’s revenues associated with products and intellectual property pertaining to cryptocurrency mining ($116 million) were 70 percent lower than those anticipated ($188 million).

Colette Kress, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Nvidia, stated: “Our revenue outlook had anticipated cryptocurrency-specific products declining to approximately $100 million while actual crypto-specific product revenue was $18 million, and we now expect a negligible contribution going forward.”

The company’s chief executive officer, Jensen Huang, stated: “We benefited in the last several quarters from an unusual lift from crypto, but at this time, we consider it to be immaterial for the second half” of the financial year.

Mining Summit in Georgia Set to Take Place Next Month

The 2018 World Digital Mining Summit will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia next month.

The conference, which will be held from the 21st until the 23rd of September, will feature “30+ speakers, 50+ mining companies, and 1000+ attendees.” The CEO of Bitmain, Jihan Wu, and the CEO of Bitkan, Yu Fang, will be among the conference attendees.

Opportunistic Students Mine Crypto Using College Power

Patrick Cines, a graduate of Penn State College in 2017, has recounted his story of mining cryptocurrency using campus electricity.

“I had basically a box, maybe a foot and a half by a foot and a half tall. It was sitting in, right at the foot of my bed. Had several graphics cards,” said Cines. “It felt like passive income because when you’re at school, when you’re taking an exam or you’re doing your homework, you’re prepping or going to student meetings, it’s still back in your dorm room making money for you.”

Initially, Mr. Cines describes the heat produced by his mining rigs as being “unbearable,” adding “ I had fans running, I had the window open. The first day I was living there, [I] went to Home Depot, bought some dryer tubes, strapped them to the front, and used that to push all the hot air outside of my room.”

Are you surprised by the drop in Nvidia’s share price? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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