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Coinbase Surges to 52-Weeks High Amid Bitcoin Bull: Time to Start Taking Profits?

Published 28/02/2024, 11:00 pm
Updated 02/09/2020, 04:05 pm

This morning, Coinbase Global's (NASDAQ:COIN) stock price surpassed its 52-week high in pre-market trading, propelled by a significant rise in Bitcoin prices, which earlier today breached the $59,000 mark, also setting a new 52-week high.

This surge is primarily attributed to the burgeoning interest in cryptocurrencies following the U.S. approval of ETFs, which were launched earlier this year.

Since the beginning of February, Coinbase shares have escalated by 63%, further lifted by its impressive Q4 earnings results, which exceeded expectations. The company reported Q4 EPS of $1.04, surpassing analysts' predictions by $1.00, with a revenue of $953.8 million against an anticipated $826.69M.

These strong quarterly results have led to a series of analyst upgrades.

Additionally, transaction revenue saw a 64% increase year-over-year to $529.3M (NYSE:MMM) in Q4, while subscription and services revenue rose by 33% to $375.4M.

But as the stock begins to looks more expensive, the questions that pop into investors' minds are:

  • Is too late to buy it?
  • And, when is the right time to start taking profits?

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Fundamentals: A closer look at valuation concerns

Analysts at JPMorgan have cautioned about the potential for a decline in trading volume for Coinbase. Reacting to management's comments on these concerns, JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) noted:

Considering Coinbase's direct participation and monetization efforts, we were hoping management would have provided more robust insight into the economics of the arrangements with issuers.

Moreover, concerns regarding the possibility of ETFs cannibalizing Coinbase's fee revenues, with the speculation that investors may prefer the lower-cost ETFs to holding the assets directly, are also a likely headwind for the stock.

A deeper review of the fundamentals with InvestingPro suggests that Coinbase's stock price might have risen excessively, marking a 172% climb since November 2023, fueled by the rally in Bitcoin prices.

Our ProTips underscore Coinbase’s weaknesses, such as the company's high earnings multiple and Price/Book ratio, suggesting that the stock might be overvalued.

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InvestingPro's Fair Value analysis predicts a nearly 40% decline in the stock price, while Wall Street analysts anticipate an approximate 17% downside.

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Moreover, InvestingPro rates Coinbase's financial health as merely "Fair" when compared to over 100 factors across companies in the Financials sector and those operating within Developed economic markets.

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Bottom Line

While the current surge in Bitcoin prices may still have room to grow, pushing Coinbase's bull run even further, our fundamental models indicate that the stock is already nearing highly overbought levels and, therefore, caution is advised.

Given the high risks presented, investors that have ridden this year's uptrend are advised to start taking some profits soon. Conversely, investors looking to buy the stock, should wait for a pullback for a better entry point.

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