Publicly traded crypto firms have notched triple-digit percentage returns in 2023 and closed in the green on Dec. 4, with Bitcoin (BTC) reaching a new year-high of over $42,000.
Crypto exchange Coinbase closed the day at just over $141, a 5.5% gain and a 320% rise from its price at the start of 2023, according to Google Finance data.
Crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital Holdings posted a daily gain of nearly 12% and is up 155% YTD. MicroStrategy — with the largest Bitcoin holdings of any public company valued at over $6.6 billion — saw a daily gain of over 6.5% and a YTD rise of 288%.
It comes despite the broader North American stock market seeing a mixed bag of gainers and losers on Dec. 4. Large-cap tech stocks like Microsoft fell 1.43% on the day, while Apple fell 0.95%. Google fell 2.02%, and chip manufacturer Nvidia fell 2.68%.
The crypto-related stocks are well below their all-time highs, however.
IG Australia market analyst Tony Sycamore told Cointelegraph the crypto-related stock rally is “coming off the back of Bitcoin’s spectacular gains in recent months,” which is up nearly 152% YTD and is closing in on $42,000, already hitting a 19-month high.
Sycamore said investors see crypto stocks as a way to gain crypto exposure until the United States approves spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
“As the price of Bitcoin rises, it fuels excitement and drives increased trading volumes and participation across the crypto ecosystem,” he added.
Sycamore said Bitcoin is supported “by a set of tailwinds not seen since 2021” and highlighted the optimism around spot ETF approvals, possible U.S. Federal Reserve rate cuts next year and the upcoming Bitcoin halving slated for April.
Investment chief of crypto platform Zerocap, Jon de Wet, said possible ETF approvals and the halving means “we have some serious fire in the cauldron for the crypto space.”
De Wet and CMC Markets analyst Tina Teng agreed that crypto stocks are “exchange-listed proxies” for investors to expose themselves to the market indirectly. Teng said pending spot ETFs have been a “micro-bullish factor” to Bitcoin’s rally since August.
“The ETF is certainly a key driver in sentiment,” said de Wet. “We are also seeing a maturing cryptocurrency market in which participants are increasingly seeing the value in scarce assets.”
Sycamore added that the latest wave of excitement will attract a new wave of crypto investors, and the increased interest, volatility and volume will mean increased earnings and profits for crypto exchanges and similar businesses.