JMP Securities analysts reaffirmed their Market Outperform rating for Coinbase Global (NASDAQ:COIN) and increased their price target for the company from $107 to $200. As a consequence, shares surged more than 5% intra-day today.

The analysts believe that despite a nearly fourfold increase in 2023, Coinbase has the potential to emerge as a leading network in an industry expected to experience exponential growth. They acknowledge the volatility associated with owning Coinbase shares, emphasizing the need for investors to size their risk appropriately and have faith in the long-term utility of blockchain technology.

Highlighting the company’s performance, the analysts noted that Coinbase’s stock surged 378% year-to-date, significantly outperforming the S&P 500’s 24% growth. They suggest that if investors view Coinbase solely as an exchange business, the current stock valuation might seem inflated. However, if perceived as a leading gateway into the digital asset economy, Coinbase’s growth could parallel the broader expansion of the ecosystem, potentially increasing more than fivefold over the next decade.

The analysts anticipate continued volatility in both the industry and Coinbase’s stock. Still, they remain confident about the durability and future expansion of the industry, with Coinbase at the forefront.

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