11 Best Crypto Stocks To Buy Now

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2021 was a topsy-turvy one for the crypto industry as Bitcoin, the most popular digital coin in the world, registered multiple all-time highs and major interest from institutional investors as a hedge against inflation. However, the coin also witnessed record lows amid a broader lull around the industry during the summer. Dave Abner, a senior executive at Gemini, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, has labeled the year a “breakthrough” one for blockchain technology as the US government considers regulating the sector to mainstream it further.

2021 Crypto Roundup and Future Trends

Bitcoin crossed $1 trillion in market capitalization last year and investors have started the coin with increased interest since the price of Bitcoin is not directly related to that of other big asset classes. EL Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt the coin as legal tender in 2021, paving the way for other nations to follow suit. Ethereum, the second most popular coin, was also in the headlines in 2021 as it transitioned to a “proof-of-stake” system to improve efficiency and become less energy intensive with regards to mining.

According to Blockdata, a market intelligence platform focusing on crypto, investors poured more than $23 billion into crypto startups in 2021. This was more than the total crypto startup funding for the previous three years combined. Moving forward into 2022, crypto regulation in financial capitals like New York and London, crypto exchange-traded funds, and the broader institutional adoption of the new technology are major trends expected to shape the industry.

Investors eager to capitalize on these growth catalysts should consider some of the top crypto stocks to buy now that include Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL), and Block, Inc. (NYSE:SQ), among others discussed in detail below.

Our Methodology

The companies that operate in the crypto sector were selected for the list through a careful assessment of business fundamentals and analyst ratings to provide readers with some context for their investment choices.

Hedge fund sentiment was included as a classifier as well. The hedge fund sentiment around each stock was calculated using the data of 867 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey.

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Best Crypto Stocks To Buy Now

11. BIT Mining Limited (NYSE:BTCM)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 6

BIT Mining Limited (NYSE:BTCM) has shed non-crypto assets and is trying to make a name for itself in the crypto world in the difficult Chinese market. BIT Mining Limited (NYSE:BTCM) owns more than two thousand Bitcoin and Ethereum combined. It also holds over 61 million Dogecoin. The firm hopes to produce digital coins worth tens of million per month this year. For this purpose, BIT Mining Limited (NYSE:BTCM) has increased a stake in an Ohio-based crypto mining site and bought Bitcoin mining machines worth more than $6 million.

BIT Mining Limited (NYSE:BTCM) has shielded itself from a crackdown against crypto in the Chinese market by moving operations overseas. The company has business interests in Texas and Kazakhstan as well. 6 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey hold stakes worth $32 million in BIT Mining Limited (NYSE:BTCM).

Just like Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL), and Block, Inc. (NYSE:SQ), BIT Mining Limited (NYSE:BTCM) is one of the stocks on the radar of growth investors.

10. Canaan Inc. (NASDAQ:CAN)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 8

Canaan Inc. (NASDAQ:CAN) is one of the few companies that market Bitcoin mining machines. On December 15, Canaan Inc. (NASDAQ:CAN) announced that it had received a follow-up order from Genesis Digital Assets Limited for 30,000 Avalon Bitcoin mining machines. The original contract had provided the latter with 20,000 machines with an option to buy a further 180,000. Canaan Inc. (NASDAQ:CAN) will deliver the machines in the first quarter of 2022.

In addition to rising coin mining machine sales, Canaan Inc. (NASDAQ:CAN) has also stepped up investments in mining itself. On January 4, Canaan Inc. (NASDAQ:CAN) stock jumped over 4% after the firm announced that it had entered into deals with multiple firms in Kazakhstan for the joint mining business, starting with deployment of 10,000 machines for the purpose.

9. Bit Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ:BTBT)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 4

Bit Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ:BTBT) is one of the largest Bitcoin miners in the world but the company has taken a beating in the recent Chinese crackdown against the new tech. However, Bit Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ:BTBT) has moved mining operations out of China entirely and used the time to reinvent itself. For example, the company has opted to move operations to the stable North American market, selected renewables as a significant portion of the energy mix to attract new investment, and is steadily building up an already substantial treasury of digital coins.

Hedge funds also seem bullish on Bit Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ:BTBT) stock. New Jersey-based investment firm Sabby Capital is a leading shareholder in Bit Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ:BTBT) with 4.2 million shares worth more than $30 million.

8. Bitfarms Ltd. (NASDAQ:BITF)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 5

Bitfarms Ltd. (NASDAQ:BITF) is another relatively new player in the Bitcoin mining market. The company debuted on the market in June 2021. On January 3, the stock jumped over 3% after Bitfarms Ltd. (NASDAQ:BITF) announced that it had mined 363 Bitcoin in December, representing a 228% growth in hashrate and taking the total number of Bitcoin mined in 2021 to 3,452. The total value of these coins is more than $151 million.

The company recently bought 1000 bitcoins, taking advantage of the recent slump in crypto prices. The company bought the coins for $43.2 million.

Bitfarms Ltd. (NASDAQ:BITF) plans to double operations farms, triple operational capacity, and increase the annual hash rate by 400% in 2022. Four new mining farms in this regard are already under development. Emiliano Grodzkim, the CEO of Bitfarms Ltd. (NASDAQ:BITF), has said that the firm secured 60,000 generation miners and achieved growth plans in 2021.

7. Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 12

DA Davidson analyst Christopher Brendler recently maintained a Buy rating on Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) stock with a price target of $65, identifying the firm as the “Top Pick” among cryptocurrency miners for 2022 in a bullish investor note. The analyst highlighted huge wins for Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) in 2021 that included a new rig order from industry leader Bitmain.

Hedge funds also favor Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) as a crypto mining play. 12 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey were long Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) at the end of September with stakes worth $46 million.

6. Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 50

Bank of America analyst Jason Kupferberg recently upgraded Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN) stock to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $340. The analyst, in a bullish investor note, cited revenue diversification trends for Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN) away from retail crypto trading as one of the reasons behind the upgrade. The analyst backed NFTs, DeFi, and other products to drive the firm forward in 2022.

Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN) is the largest crypto exchange in the world in terms of value of trades on the platform and as digital coins become more mainstream, it will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the boom. Hedge funds favor the company as well. 50 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey hold stakes worth $2.9 billion in Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN).

In addition to Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL), and Block, Inc. (NYSE:SQ), Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN) is one of the stocks that hedge funds are buying.

In its Q3 2021 investor letter, Hayden Capital, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“Coinbase (COIN): We established a new position in Coinbase, the dominant US crypto exchange and brokerage, this quarter. Given the misperceptions and early-stage nature of the industry, I thought it would be helpful for our partners’ understanding to share a report outlining our thesis, which we published on October 31st.

At a high level, we believe the crypto economy is in the middle of “crossing the chasm” into mainstream adoption & use cases, which will result in millions of mainstream users needing to transact in crypto in some form.

Coinbase is well positioned in the Western, regulated markets to capture this influx – considering their dominant market share / mindshare, their focus on the casual user and thus superior userexperience compared to alternatives, and their position as a “toll-booth” for this industry. Longer-term, we also believe Coinbase has “super-app” ambitions, and will be the primary gateway for both the general population and institutions to interact with the crypto economy…” (Click here to see the full text)

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