Bitcoin trades above $17,000 as Coinbase leads sell-off in crypto stocks

Quick Take

  • Bitcoin was trading above $17,000 on Friday, while ether jumped 2% to $1,275.
  • Coinbase, Silvergate and MicroStrategy all traded lower on Friday; Block bucked the downward trend.
  • GBTC discount to net asset value hit another all-time low. 

Crypto prices were up on Friday, while most related equities sank. Block bucked the downward trend, adding 2.4%.

Bitcoin was changing hands for $17,154 at noon EST on Friday, according to TradingView data. That's an increase of 1.4% over the past 24 hours. It had been trading above $17,200 before hotter-than-expected data for November's producer price index (PPI), which rose by 7.4% year-on-year in November. A Refinitiv poll of economists expected it to increase by 7.2%.

PPI measures the wholesale price of goods and services paid by businesses before they reach consumers. The hotter-than-expected reading raises concerns surrounding the Fed's next interest rate decision. 

Meanwhile, ether was trading up 2% at $1,275. Binance's BNB rose 0.6%, and Polygon's MATIC jumped 1.4%. 

The Fed's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is expected to announce an interest rate increase of 50 basis points, with a Fed fund target rate range of 4.25% to 4.5%. The CME's group's FedWatch tool — which analyzes Fed funds futures pricing data — sees a 77% probability of a 50 basis point increase. 

Looking ahead to next week's inflation data (CPI) in the U.S. for November  — dropping at 8:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday — could also dominate moves in crypto. October inflation came in below estimates at 7.7%. QCP Capital said these events are the "last remaining hurdles for the rally into year-end."

The crypto trading firm noted the inflation figure will "yet again be 'the most important CPI release ever,' this time because the market has set it up to be with its epic 2-month short squeeze rally." A disinflationary print could see the rally continue through the end of the year, its latest market update added. 

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The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 were trading down marginally on Friday, falling 0.3% and 0.5%, respectively.  

Coinbase was trading down 2.5% on Friday at $41.76. Silvergate shares sank to $22.95, down 0.5%. MicroStrategy shares were lower by 1.4%, trading around $200.

Block bucked the downward trend in crypto-related stocks on Friday. Shares in Jack Dorsey's firm jumped 2.6% by midday on Friday to trade at $65. 

The discount on Grayscale's GBTC to net asset value (NAV) continued to widen, reaching 47.9% on Thursday. Its previous low was 47.3% on Wednesday. 

The discount means shares in the fund trade at a discount of over 47% versus the value of the bitcoin the fund holds.

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