Coinbase CEO brushes off political pressure and the upcoming Bitcoin ETF decision as $200 stock price emerges on the horizon.
exchange Coinbase is witnessing a stock renaissance as maximum 2023 gains for COIN pass 400%.
Coinbase and Bitcoin have risen in tandem in 2023, but as the yearly close approaches, the exchange’s performance looks to be increasingly in a league of its own.
The company’s COIN stock reached $162 on Dec. 19, surpassing the 4.
Now, traders are eyeing even more upside continuation as markets count down to the potential approval of the first U.S. spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).
Compared even to the largest altcoin, Ether
, Coinbase has outperformed, with ETH/USD up around 85% since the start of the year.
Some — notably investment giant ARK Invest — have reduced exposure as COIN climbs. According to data from the official website of ARK CEO Cathie Wood, COIN holdings in the firm’s ARK Innovation (ARKK) ETF have dropped around 11% in December alone.
The holdings, while still ARKK’s largest component, remain significantly beneath its aggregate cost basis of just under $255.
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong nonetheless believes that the only way is up for crypto in 2024.
This week, the firm joined several U.S. crypto players in a fundraising move worth nearly $80 million to support “pro-crypto” U.S. election candidates.
“I think it’s time to make sure that people know being anti-crypto is just bad politics in D.C.,” he told CNBC in an interview on Dec. 19.
Armstrong referenced other current hurdles for Coinbase, including a rejection of a rule-making collaboration from the regulator in charge of greenlighting the ETF, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Coinbase has a role to play in all aspects of the value chain here,” he summarized about the exchange’s appeal in a post-ETF environment.