On Monday (April 12), with two days to go until Coinbase Class A common stock starts trading on Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “COIN”, exchange tokens are doing well and none more so than Binance Coin ($BNB).
In fact, BNB has been on fire throughout this year. Thanks to the high gas fees and slow transaction processing on Ethereum, other less decentralized but faster and cheaper layer 1 (L1) blockchains such as Binance Smart Chain (BSC) have grown in popularity.
Data from TradingView indicates that on crypto exchange FTX the BNB price has gone from $37.42 at the start of the year to $592.94 (where it is as of 08:35 UTC on April 12), which means a gain of over 1,484% vs USD.
Over the past several months, as interest in crypto in general has increased, trading volumes on crypto exchange volumes have increased, which means increasing profits (from trading fees) for crypto exchanges.
For example, last Tuesday (April 6), Coinbase Global, Inc. announced “estimated results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021 and an outlook for the full year ending December 31, 2021.” For Q1 2021, Coinbase estimates trading volume of $335 billion”, total revenue of approximately $1.8 billion, and net income of approximately $730 million to $800 million.
This announcement by Coinbase has helped to increase interest in exchange tokens since there are many people who want to make money from the growing popularity of crypto exchanges but are either not a fan of Coinbase or are not interested in investing in stocks. For these people, buying an exchange token such as BNB is roughly equivalent to buying shares in Binance.
Since Coinbase’s announcement on April 6, the BNB price has gone from $367.75 to $592.94 (where it is as of 08:35 UTC on April 12), i.e. an increase of 61.23% (vs USD) in just six days.
If everything goes great for Coinbase on Wednesday (April 14) when its shares starts trading on Nasdaq, i.e. there is huge demand for the shares from investors, especially among those people who currently do not own any cryptoassets but would like to have some exposure to crypto, then the BNB price could continue on its upward trajectory, but if demand is only so-so, then in the short term, the BNB price could suffer a correction to $500 or $450. However, as long as Binance stays out of regulatory trouble, its long-term outlook for BNB remains bright due to the impressive way that Binance keeps growing its business.
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