Coinbase, MicroStrategy Jump as Bitcoin Rallies

Bitcoin is trading at levels not seen since April 2022, shrugging off a tough year marked by several implosions and regulatory clampdowns.

AccessTimeIconDec 4, 2023 at 10:04 a.m. UTC
Updated Jan 26, 2024 at 3:26 p.m. UTC
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Shares of Coinbase (COIN) and MicroStrategy (MSTR) both jumped more than 4% Monday as bitcoin (BTC) extended its year-to-date gain to over 150%, at one point touching $42,000.

Traders consider the two companies as proxy bets for the crypto markets, given their close ties to the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, which has added 4% in the past 24 hours.

Coinbase is one of the largest crypto bourses by trading volumes and is among the few publicly listed crypto companies in the U.S. The firm, which has historically maintained a regulated stance, is listed as a custodian for several proposed bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) products in the country.

The crypto exchange’s Nasdaq-listed shares had added 4.34% to $139.45 as of 11 a.m. ET (16:00 UTC), their highest level since April 2022.

Business software company MicroStrategy is the largest public holder of bitcoin, with 174,000 BTC, a position it acquired over three years by investing company funds and proceeds from bond sales. The value of the holdings is now equal to over 88% of MicroStrategy’s $8.2 billion stock market capitalization.

MSTR traded at $554.17, up around 5%, also a level last seen in April 2022.

MicroStrategy (MSTR) shares, Dec. 05, 2023 (MarketWatch)
MicroStrategy (MSTR) shares, Dec. 05, 2023 (MarketWatch)

Bitcoin has surged recently amid optimism U.S. regulators will approve exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that hold BTC, a move some experts believe will prompt a flood of investment into the foremost cryptocurrency.

Crypto miner Marathon Digital (MARA) gained 5% and rival Riot Platofrms (RIOT) 6.7%. Hut 8 (HUT), which completed its merger with U.S. Data Mining Group on Friday, jumped 380%. However, this astronomical jump can be attributed to a stock consolidation due to the merger. Taking the 5:1 ratio into account, the shares are down some 11%.

UPDATE (Dec. 4, 12:42 UTC): Updates with Hut 8 merger details.

UPDATE( Dec. 4, 16:20 UTC): Updates prices after the open.

Edited by Parikshit Mishra.

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