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Coinbase (COIN) Shares Plummet 9% Following Report of CME Considering Listing Spot Bitcoin

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Coinbase Shares Drop as CME Considers Offering Spot Bitcoin Trading

The cryptocurrency market was shaken on Thursday as news broke that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) may soon offer spot bitcoin trading, causing shares of Coinbase to drop nearly 8% to $202.49 during U.S. morning hours.

The Financial Times report on CME’s potential move sparked strong interest from clients, leading to a surge in cryptocurrencies. The CoinDesk 20 Index, which tracks the largest digital tokens by market capitalization, was up 0.91% over the past 24 hours, with Bitcoin (BTC) rising by half a percent following Wednesday’s better-than-expected inflation report.

Coinbase, once the most trusted crypto exchange in the U.S., could face tough competition from CME, the largest futures exchange globally. The designation of CME as a “systemically important financial market utility” by U.S. regulators implies stricter supervision and a safety net in case of financial duress.

CME is already the biggest bitcoin futures exchange in the U.S. and has been in talks with traders interested in trading bitcoin on a regulated marketplace. This move comes at a time when trust in crypto exchanges is low, following the exposure of bad players like FTX in recent years.

The rise of spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has provided traders with a safer way to invest in the token, attracting over 500 institutions who have allocated over $10 billion in the funds within the first three months of their existence. Retail traders have also jumped on the bandwagon, contributing over $40 billion to the market.

As the cryptocurrency market continues to evolve, the entry of CME into spot bitcoin trading could reshape the landscape and pose a challenge to established players like Coinbase. Investors will be closely watching how this development unfolds in the coming days.

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