Coinbase and other cryptocurrency stocks increase losses after Bitcoin’s sharp drop

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  • and other cryptocurrency-related stocks were extending losses Thursday after

  • Marathon Digital

Coinbase (ticker: COIN) was down 1% to $232 in premarket trading Thursday after dropping more than 7% during the previous session as Bitcoin slid following the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s meeting in December.

Bitcoin
slumped and investors sold off the tech sector.

Marathon Digital (MARA) fell 2.3% early Thursday after sinking more than 13% on Wednesday;

Riot Blockchain

(RIOT) was down 2% Thursday after declining 12% on Wednesday; and MicroStrategy

(MSTR) fell 1.6% following the previous session’s decline of 7.6%. Bitcoin was at $42,904.23, down 8.3% over the past 24 hours, according to CoinDesk. The decline by the world’s largest cryptocurrency coincided with a sharp downturn in tech stocks after Fed officials indicated that inflation readings and tight labor conditions could warrant an interest-rate increase “sooner or at a faster pace than participants had earlier anticipated.” Bitcoin has fallen 7.2% since the start of the year.

Ethereum,
the second-largest digital currency, was at $3,385.49, down 11.6% over the past 24 hours, according to CoinDesk. Bitcoin’s selloff could be another sign the cryptocurrency is acting more like a tech stock than a store of value, such as gold. The tech-heavy Nasdaq sank 3.3% on Wednesday, its largest one-day percentage drop since February.

Write to Joe Woelfel at joseph.woelfel@barrons.com Goldman Sachs has argued that Bitcoin could be worth $100,000 if investors accept that it really is digital gold.

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