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Coinbase's whipsaw debut takes it past US$100 bil, then back

Bloomberg4/15/2021 10:24 AM GMT+08  • 6 min read
Coinbase's whipsaw debut takes it past US$100 bil, then back
The debut isn’t just a mark of success for Coinbase... it's also a win for Nasdaq.
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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc. soared above a US$112 billion ($149.7 billion) valuation in its trading debut Wednesday, then slipped back below its opening price as Bitcoin fell from record highs and tech stocks fell across the board.

The massive valuation, which dwarfs more traditional financial companies including Intercontinental Exchange Group Inc. and Nasdaq Inc. itself, is a landmark moment for the crypto industry and for Coinbase, which was started almost a decade ago when few people had even heard of Bitcoin, and many exchanges were run by amateurs from their garages and homes.

Coinbase shares closed at US$328.28, down 14% from the US$381 opening price on Nasdaq after earlier climbing as high as US$429.54. At the closing price, the company’s valuation on a fully diluted basis is about US$86 billion.

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