The emergence of bitcoin proxy stocks in recent months has created a cottage industry among investors who want crypto’s upside but don’t (or can’t) hold crypto itself. Indeed, JPMorgan filed to launch a “Cryptocurrency Exposure Basket” in March. The need for backdoor access to bitcoin is only heightened in the U.S., where the Securities and Exchange Commission has been extremely reticent to approve a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).
Also up in global trading was Colorado-based bitcoin mining company Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT), which saw a 15% increase; and Canaan (NASDAQ: CAN), another mining firm that saw an 11% bump over the past 24 hours. Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization, was near all-time highs above $64,000 at press time.
Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN), whose fortunes are closely wedded to the price of bitcoin, was slapped with a reference price of $250 ahead of Wednesday’s listing – somewhat lower than trading on private markets in the weeks running up to its debut. Coinbase coming to market is a rising tide for all crypto players, said Jonathan Rowland, CEO of London-listed cryptocurrency firm Mode, whose shares are up around 12% in the past few days. “I don’t think we have seen an uptick as high as I might have expected,” Rowland said in an interview. “We think that a lot of the crypto community who invest in shares may have taken some money off the table with some of the smaller holdings like Mode in order to buy Coinbase.”