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Coinbase, Crypto Stocks Plummet as Bitcoin Trades Sideways

Shares in Bitcoin-adjacent companies including Coinbase and Block have chalked up heavy losses at the opening bell Friday morning.

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Coinbase stock fell almost 8% amid a less than bullish rating from Wells Fargo and harsh comments from famed short-seller Jim Chanos.

Several other Bitcoin-adjacent public companies, including MicroStrategy and Block Inc., saw the price of their stock too.

Block’s shares (SQ) fell 5.37% on Thursday, changing hands at $55.90 at the end of the trading session Thursday, down from $164 at the start of the year.

MicroStrategy (MSTR), which traded above $550 in January, closed down 3.92% at $211.82, rising again to $214 on Friday morning.

At today's open, COIN immediately dropped from $64.65 to $60.76. The stock has since recovered some and is now trading at roughly $62.

Wells Fargo said that the San Francisco-based company faces increased competition from the likes of FTX and Binance, per a CNBC report.

In a research note, Wells Fargo analyst Jeff Cantwell said the downward pressure on Coinbase in the current bear market is inevitable and that the firm would sell its COIN holdings at a set price of $57, which is almost 83% lower than its record-high of $342 in April 2021.

According to Cantwell, this is a "fair value, in our view, for a high-quality company, but one that operates in an industry characterized by pricing pressure, competition, and increasing regulation, with an unclear path to sustainable profitability.”

Coinbase, which makes money on fees paid by customers when making trades on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, posted a net loss of over $1 billion in the second quarter of 202, its second quarter of negative income in a row. In Q2 2021, the exchange’s net income reached 1.6 billion.

Bitcoin is meanwhile trading largely sideways, down 0.2% over the past 24 hours to the current price of $19,485, per CoinGecko.

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