The story in crypto has been decisively bearish in 2022, although that’s not unusual given the state of the stock market.
The Nasdaq has now suffered a larger peak-to-trough decline than it did during the covid-19 selloff in Q1 2020, while bitcoin is hitting multi-year lows and suffering through one of its largest declines.
While bitcoin continues to break down (and is potentially coming into a major support zone), Coinbase (COIN) – Get Coinbase Global Inc Report has one positive viewpoint: It hasn’t made new lows on the move.
Put another way, while cryptocurrencies and U.S. stock markets are making new lows, Coinbase surprisingly isn’t. That’s even after this morning’s news, which includes a downgrade, job cuts and a warning from the CEO regarding a “crypto winter.”
That shouldn’t dull the reality, which is that the stock is down 88% from its all-time high, and at the low it had suffered a peak-to-trough decline of more than 90%.
But at the moment one piece of good news is better than none.
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And even so, we can’t lose sight of the fact that the one small positive that Coinbase stock has going — that it hasn’t made new lows against a backdrop of new lows in crypto and stocks — could be gone in an instant.
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That would happen if it traded below the $40.83 mark, which it hit last month.
Although it traded lower in five straight sessions coming into Tuesday, it continues to cling to the $50 area. But a break of Monday’s low (and so far, this week’s low) at $46 could open the door down to the all-time low.
If that’s the case, then the bulls need to be on the lookout for a potential reversal. That’s especially true as bitcoin and ethereum hover near support.
Short of a break below $40.83 and a reversal higher, the bulls must be careful with Coinbase stock at or below this level. Even though it would be down by roughly 90% from the highs, that doesn’t mean it can’t get worse from here.
On the upside, a number of potential resistance zones show up, but none are more immediate than $63 to $66. In this zone, Coinbase stock finds its 10-day and 21-day moving averages, along with the daily VWAP measure.
If it can clear this zone, then the $83.32 level is in play — the high on May 31 — followed by a potential push to $100 and the 50-day moving average.
I know that a rally to this area sounds crazy — and maybe right now it is.
But the reality is that Coinbase stock could double from current levels to $100 and still be down 76.6% from the high, 60% year to date and 33.3% from the first-quarter low.
That puts in perspective just how much pain this stock has endured.