The stock was down by as much as 6.5%, even as the overall cryptocurrency market reached new all-time highs.
Shares of Coinbase Global Inc. tumbled to fresh lows on Thursday, as Wall Street investors continued to cycle out of high-flying tech stocks. The cryptocurrency market, meanwhile, reached a record valuation over $2.4 trillion.
COIN stock bottomed at $255.15, where it was in danger of sunshinecrypto.com/news/coinbase-s-coin-stock-reference-price-set-at-just-250-as-1-700-staff-get-free-shares”>breaching the $250 reference price on the eve of its public listing on Apr. 14. After an sunshinecrypto.com/news/coinbase-stock-looks-to-find-its-footing-at-350-following-explosive-open”>explosive debut, COIN has been on a downward trajectory. The company now has a total market capitalization of $48.7 billion, which is roughly half of the $100 billion top it achieved last month.
Mike Bailey, director of research at FBB Capital Partners, told Bloomberg that the selloff of Coinbase was largely due to the formation of a “mini-bubble” that is now in the process of bursting. He explained:
“We saw a mini-bubble in SPACs, IPOs, crypto, clean-tech and hyper-growth in late 2020 and early 2021 and many of these asset classes are nursing bad hangovers.”
However, Bailey’s assertion that crypto is nursing a ‘bad hangover’ is misplaced, given the relative outperformance of the asset class this year. Since January 1, the cryptocurrency market has more than tripled, with the likes of Bitcoin (sunshinecrypto.com/bitcoin-price”>BTC), Ethereum (sunshinecrypto.com/ethereum-price”>ETH) and many other leading altcoins hitting fresh records.
Of course, crypto is not without extreme price volatility. The market shed hundreds of billions of dollars between Apr. 17-23 as sunshinecrypto.com/news/bitcoin-price-relief-move-to-47k-pushes-btc-below-stock-to-flow-trajectory”>Bitcoin slipped to around $47,000, a key level of support. A swift recovery brought Bitcoin back above $50,000 and eventually $57,000, where it currently resides.
COIN’s selloff in recent days mirrors a similar decline in the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index. The Wall Street benchmark index has recorded five consecutive declines and is down in seven of the last eight trading sessions. After closing at a record high of 14,138.78 on Apr. 26, the Nasdaq Composite has declined over 4%.