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Why Coinbase Stock Dropped Today

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global (NASDAQ:COIN) announced today that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) intends to sue the company over Coinbase’s Lend program, which has been announced but hasn’t yet launched. The company expressed confusion and defiance over the SEC action, and Coinbase shares were down 4.5% as of 11 a.m. EDT.

So what

The company received a Wells notice from the agency, with Coinbase saying it believes the enforcement “may involve a civil injunctive action” and that Coinbase “may seek other remedies.” The Coinbase Lend program is intended to pay customers a 4% interest rate on their holdings of the Coinbase-backed stablecoin USD Coin (CRYPTO:USDC).

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Now what

The company reacted to the notice with a mix of confusion and defiance. On the company’s blog, chief legal officer Paul Grewal said the company was “surprised” and that “we don’t know why” the notice was issued.

The company questioned the enforcement action because Grewal said Coinbase could simply have launched the interest-paying program, since it doesn’t qualify as a security in which customers would invest.

Instead of simply launching the product, “Coinbase has been proactively engaging with the SEC about Lend for nearly six months.” He said that Coinbase wanted to be fully transparent and hear the regulator’s perspective on the innovative program.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong was more aggressive in his comments. He called the SEC’s behavior “sketchy.” He added, “They refuse to tell us why they think it’s a security, and instead subpoena a bunch of records from us (we comply), demand testimony from our employees (we comply), and then tell us they will be suing us if we proceed to launch, with zero explanation as to why.”

Taking the disagreement to the media isn’t perhaps the best approach, and some shareholders are selling Coinbase stock today, at least until the smoke clears.

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Why Rocket Lab Stock Is Still Rocking Today

For the second day in a row, Rocket Lab USA (NASDAQ:RKLB) stock is on a tear. Yesterday, shares of the new space company and occasional defense contractor shot up nearly 15% on news of a big expansion in production of reaction wheels (i.e., satellite parts).

Today, Rocket Lab is up another 14.2% in 1:30 p.m. EDT trading, and — there being no other news on the wires to explain the move — probably for the same reason.

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So what

Is that a good reason to buy Rocket Lab stock, though? Mere momentum following a move initially predicated on actual positive news?

For the time being, I think it’s hard to say because while we can see clearly that the value of each individual share of Rocket Lab stock is higher today, we really don’t have a firm grasp yet on how much the entire company is now selling for. And the reason for this is that, even a couple days after its IPO, financial data providers are still all over the map in trying to assign a value to Rocket Lab.

Now what

Now, while we’re something less than 100% sure how much Rocket Lab is worth, here’s what we do know:

According to its 8-K filings with the SEC on Aug. 31, Rocket Lab had about $108 million in the bank at the end of June — more than enough to balance out its $99 million in long-term debt. The influx of $467 million from a PIPE financing transaction attendant on the IPO implies that Rocket Lab probably has about $475 million or so in cash with which to fund its future growth plans.

Rocket Lab will need that cash, by the way, because at last report, the company had only generated about $29.5 million in revenue over the last six months and was losing money. It had operating net losses of $25.4 million through the end of June and net losses of $32.5 million. (Free cash flow was negative, too — $41.3 million.)

Long story short, Rocket Lab remains a bit of a speculative stock — a growth stock with a bright future I believe — but one for which success is far from assured. Keep that in mind before rushing to join today’s momentum rally.

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