Tesla, Coinbase Takes Crypto-Associated Shares Down As Bitcoin Drops

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk watches as he visits the construction site of the Tesla gigafactory in Gruenheide near Berlin on May 17, 2021.

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Cryptocurrency-related stocks, led by Tesla and Coinbase, fell on Wednesday as Bitcoin broke the equivalent of a bear market in just one day.

Bitcoin fell more than 30% at its low of the day from the session to $ 30,001.51, its lowest level since late January, according to Coin Metrics. The price last fell 14% to $ 37,068.75 as of 12:10 PM ET. The cryptocurrency has halved since it hit an all-time high of over $ 64,000 in mid-April.

The move comes after China banned financial institutions from conducting transactions related to crypto on Tuesday. Separately, a JPMorgan report showed that large institutional investors ditched Bitcoin in favor of gold.

“You had a confluence of events … where you started to destroy the positivity of the price action and now we have a liquidation event,” Mike Novogratz, CEO and chairman of Galaxy Digital, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “It won’t bounce back in a moment. It will solidify for a while.”

Crypto-related stocks are falling amid the bitcoin slide

Bitcoin’s decline this month has worsened a week ago after Tesla CEO Elon Musk apparently changed his mindset about crypto by saying the company would not mine Bitcoin due to environmental concerns related to crypto mining accept more than payment.

Musk later on Wednesday morning stated that Tesla will not sell its large amount of Bitcoin while the cryptocurrency is plummeting. Tesla fell around 3% on Wednesday lunchtime.

The micro-strategy, which made headlines by buying a significant amount of Bitcoin for their corporate coffers, gained around 9%.

Coinbase, the new public crypto exchange, fell around 6% after it started trading. The website appeared to be unavailable to some users on Wednesday morning, but the company said it resumed service a few hours later.

Bitcoin’s price approached $ 65,000 five weeks ago before it peaked around the time of Coinbase’s public debut.

“Coinbase’s trading debut coincides with the peak of Bitcoin, and many traders cannot make a compelling argument that it has since been able to make up for all of those losses,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.

Square and PayPal – which facilitate cryptocurrency transactions and have been big buyers – also fell 1.55% and 0.12%, respectively, on Wednesday lunchtime.

Nvidia lost around 0.9% at noon. The company makes chips used in crypto mining, but is reportedly trying to curb their use for this purpose.

The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, the popular trust that holds a large amount of Bitcoin, fell 9% on Wednesday morning.

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– CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed to the coverage.

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