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Goldman Sachs upgrades Coinbase to Neutral amid bitcoin surge

TL;DR

  • Goldman Sachs upgrades Coinbase rating to neutral, increases price target to $282.
  • Surge in Bitcoin prices and trading volumes highlights increased retail investor participation.
  • Strategic focus on profitability and market share maintenance bolsters Coinbase’s position.

Goldman Sachs recently adjusted its evaluation of Coinbase (COIN), elevating its rating to neutral from a previous sell stance. This revision followed a notable surge in Bitcoin’s value, reaching new heights, alongside a remarkable increase in daily trading volumes on the exchange, levels not observed since 2021. 

Additionally, Goldman Sachs raised its price target for Coinbase shares to $282 from $170, even as the shares hovered around $242.10 in premarket trading.

Strategic moves and market dynamics propel Coinbase

The reevaluation by Goldman Sachs highlights the impact of Bitcoin’s price dynamics on COIN’s performance, particularly noting the significant daily trading volumes in the range of $3 billion to $5 billion. This volume boost is largely attributed to increased participation from retail investors, who contribute to more favorable take rates for Coinbase. 

Analysts, led by Will Nance, pointed out that despite the current limited use cases for cryptocurrencies, the price movement (‘beta’) has played a crucial role in the exchange’s valuation, more so than the pace of retail adoption (‘alpha’).

Coinbase’s strategy to ensure consistent profitability over time has been recognized as a key factor in its advancement. The exchange has managed to maintain its market share and control expenses effectively, all while navigating the fluctuating crypto market environment. Moreover, Coinbase stands to gain from higher interest rates, particularly through a 50% revenue share from interest income on USDC reserve balances.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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