Coinbase tumbles below IPO price amid crypto massacre

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Coinbase Global Inc (NASDAQ:COIN) tumbled below its IPO price on a very bad day for cryptocurrencies.

The trading platform, which also experienced technical issues for some users, was down 8% to US$219.16 at open, compared to its market debut at US$250 per share just a month ago.

READ: Crypto carnage as quarter of market value wiped out: Bitcoin, Ethereum slump

The crypto market’s total value stood at around US$1.57 trillion on Wednesday, down a quarter in just a day.

It seems the crash was triggered by a warning from Chinese regulators that financial institutions and payment providers should not accept crypto as a payment method or offer services related to digital currencies.

Another possible culprit is Elon Musk and his electric car company Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), which caused similar declines earlier this month by deciding to suspend payments for its products in Bitcoin after citing concerns about the environmental impact of the energy used in mining the crypto.

This makes Coinbase “one of the worst direct listings ever”, said OANDA’s Edward Moya, who reckons this crash will not bode well for attracting new customers. 

“Coinbase wants new crypto traders, but many will be afraid that this Bitcoin crash could end up just like the one in 2017,” he said. “Coinbase’s trading debut coincides with the top for Bitcoin and many traders can’t make a convincing argument that it will be able to recover all those losses since then.”

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