Coinbase Global (NASDAQ:COIN) & NU (NYSE:NU) Head to Head Comparison

Coinbase Global (NASDAQ:COINGet Rating) and NU (NYSE:NUGet Rating) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Coinbase Global and NU, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coinbase Global 0 5 16 0 2.76
NU 2 4 9 0 2.47

Coinbase Global currently has a consensus price target of $191.17, suggesting a potential upside of 273.23%. NU has a consensus price target of $10.73, suggesting a potential upside of 209.32%. Given Coinbase Global’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Coinbase Global is more favorable than NU.


This table compares Coinbase Global and NU’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coinbase Global 33.63% 42.39% 12.68%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

39.0% of Coinbase Global shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.7% of NU shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.1% of Coinbase Global shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Coinbase Global and NU’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coinbase Global $7.84 billion 1.43 $3.62 billion $9.38 5.46
NU $1.70 billion 9.42 -$164.99 million N/A N/A

Coinbase Global has higher revenue and earnings than NU.


Coinbase Global beats NU on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Coinbase Global Company Profile (Get Rating)

Coinbase Global, Inc. provides financial infrastructure and technology for the cryptoeconomy in the United States and internationally. The company offers the primary financial account in the cryptoeconomy for retailers; a marketplace with a pool of liquidity for transacting in crypto assets for institutions; and technology and services that enable ecosystem partners to build crypto-based applications and securely accept crypto assets as payment. Coinbase Global, Inc. was founded in 2012 and is based in Wilmington, Delaware.

NU Company Profile (Get Rating)

Nu Holdings Ltd. operates as a digital financial services platform and technology company primarily in Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. It offers Nu credit and debit cards; Ultraviolet credit and debit cards; and mobile payment solutions for NuAccount customers to make and receive transfers, pay bills, and make everyday purchases through their mobile phones. The company provides savings solutions, such as Nu Personal Accounts, a digital account solution that supports all personal finance activities, from daily purchases and money transfers to savings; and Nu business accounts designed specifically for entrepreneur customers and their businesses. In addition, it offers NuInvest, an investment product that provides equity, fixed-income, options, and ETF products, as well as multimarket funds with curated asset allocations based on the customer’s risk profile and financial position; personal unsecured loans; in-app ‘buy now pay later’ solution for Nu card customers to pay credit and debit purchases, and banking payment slips over time in up to twelve installments; and NuInsurance protecting solutions to help its customers secure life insurance and funeral benefits. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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