Equity analysts at Berenberg Capital Markets say that Coinbase's suspension of staking in four states illustrates the stock's regulatory risk and could open the door to scrutiny over its so-called Earn product, the firm said in a note Monday.
Coinbase said retail clients in four states will no longer to be able to add new assets to its staking product while numerous legal proceedings carry on.
Ten states — including Alabama, California, and New Jersey — filed actions against the exchange to halt its staking program within their jurisdictions on the heels of the Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit against the firm in June.
Berenberg said this news reflects the regulatory risk around Coinbase's stock that may have been forgotten after a federal judge issued a split decision in the SEC's case against Ripple Labs last week.
"We believe this news served as a reminder to investors who may have viewed COIN’s risk profile as significantly improved after last week’s court ruling on Ripple Labs and the XRP cryptocurrency that the company’s challenges on the U.S. regulatory front remain significant while appearing far from being resolved," analysts at the firm said.
"We believe Coinbase Earn, the securitized product through which COIN offers staking rewards to retail customers, appears particularly vulnerable to being defined as a security within the context of the judge’s ruling." the firm added.
Coinbase rallied more than 20% on Thursday alongside the broader crypto market after a judge ruled that Ripple Lab's sales of XRP on exchanges did not violate securities laws.
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