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3 “Strong Buy” Momentum Stocks With More Room to Run

Finding stocks that are primed for gains is the key to success in the stock markets. Investors are naturally drawn to rising stocks – and while a particular equity’s past
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Finding stocks that are primed for gains is the key to success in the stock markets. Investors are naturally drawn to rising stocks – and while a particular equity’s past performance won’t ensure its future gains, momentum is a good indicator for determining price movements.

Momentum trading – buying into stocks that shown solid gains and are likely to keep moving upward – is a sound strategy, but it does take some skill on the investor’s part. A savvy investor has to know how to differentiate between a true momentum stock and a fad.

The key is in the profile. Investors can look for stocks that offer a combination of three factors: strong, sustained gains; highly optimistic ratings from Wall Street’s analysts; and an upside potential that points toward maintenance of further gains.

Based on that profile, we’ve pulled up three momentum stocks using TipRanks’ database. Not only have all of the tickers amassed enough bullish calls from analysts to be given “Strong Buy” consensus ratings, but each could also see considerable share price appreciation.

Kulicke And Soffa Industries (KLIC)

Industrial tech is big business. Every digital device that we use, from smartphones and tablets to factory robots, depends on a linked series technical gadgets, giving tool makers and part manufacturers a sound foundation for true momentum. Kulicke and Soffa, KLIC, provides solutions for electronic assembly in a variety of industries, including the automotive, communications, computing, and consumer goods sectors. The company’s product portfolio includes a range of tools for advanced packaging, electronics assembly, lithography, and wire bonding.

In the most recent quarterly report, for fiscal Q1 of 2021, KLIC reported $267.9 million at the top line, up 85% year-over-year. Income also gained, with EPS at 77 cents. This was more than triple the year-ago quarter’s 21 cents.

The company attributed the strong quarter to increased demand in the second half of calendar year 2020. Looking forward, management expects to see continued growth, and set fiscal Q2 guidance at $300 million in revenue (+/- $20 million) and EPS of 88 cents (+/- 10%).

Combining industry and high tech has been good for KLIC, whose stock has gained an impressive 143% in the past 12 months.

Covering KLIC for B. Riley Securities, 5-star analyst Craig Ellis believes that the path is clear for continued momentum.

“We boost F21&F22 estimates… with three factors sustaining a Buy. First, upstream secular and cyclical chip fundamentals should drive strong growth deep into C22, propelling upside estimate potential. Second, we believe new mini-LED and Advanced Packaging products remain on track for $100M of incremental F22 sales and greater LT. Third, near-term GM headwinds look temporal, and we expect progress toward 47.5% through F21/22 but model more conservatively,” Ellis noted. "

To this end, Ellis gives KLIC shares a Buy rating, and his $75 price target indicates confidence in a 26% upside for the coming year. (To watch Ellis’ track record, click here)

While there are only three reviews on record for KLIC, they are unanimous – to Buy the stock. This shows that Ellis’ upbeat outlook is no outlier, and gives the stock its Strong Buy analyst consensus rating. (See KLIC stock analysis on TipRanks)

ASML Holding (ASML)

We'll stick with the high tech sector, and look at another provider of the tools that digital equipment manufacturers cannot live without. Specifically, ASML Holding designs and builds photolithography equipment, which is vital in the production of semiconductor chips. The company’s tools use optical imaging to impress circuit patterns on silicon wafers. This is the essential process in chip making, and ASML Holding has a 67% market share in its industry.

It’s a niche industry, but it’s one of the few that truly does make the world go ‘round.' And ASML has profited mightily from its leading position. The stock is up 131% over the past 12 months.

The Netherlands-based company posted these share gains against a background of rising revenues. The top line has increased in each of the last four quarter, reaching 4.4 billion Euro (US$5.26 billion) in Q1 of 2021. EPS came in at 3.21 Euro (US$3.86), more than triple the $1.02 recorded in 1Q20.

In the first quarter, the company reported high customer demand, with bookings reaching 4.7 billion Euro (US$5.69 billion). Demand was especially strong in the Installed Base segment, as existing customers moved to upgrade software to meet their own increasing demand. In the background here is a semiconductor chip market that is seeing both increased demand and a severe supply shortage, as customers are racing to meet orders backlogged during the pandemic shutdowns and suppliers are racing to ramp up production from pandemic-induced low levels.

With all of that in the background, BofA analyst Didier Scemama selected ASML as his top large cap pick in European semiconductors.

“We expect ASML to benefit from multiple drivers incl. 1) Healthy competition among ASML customer base, confirming ASML status as a “weapon dealer” in the Intel/TSMC/Samsung process “war”, 2) Silicon sovereignty, driving EU/US to incentivize chipmakers to re-shore semis production and adding to China’s 2025 semis self-sufficiency ambitions, 3) EUV cycle: we model 21% sales CAGR ’20-25 driven by multiple, concurrent high-growth end-markets,” Scemama opined.

Unsurprisingly, Scemama rates ASML a Buy, and his price target of $806 suggests an upside of 20% in the next 12 months. (To watch Scemama’s track record, click here)

If we step back and look at the bigger picture, we can see that overall the stock has a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus rating. In the last three months, the stock has received 4 Buy ratings and just 1 Hold. (See ASML stock analysis on TipRanks)

Ashland (ASH)

The third momentum pick, Ashland, inhabits the specialty chemical niche, producing a variety of necessary ingredients for a range of industries. The company products include adhesives, emulsifiers, and preservatives – to name just a few categories – and are used in the construction, coating, energy, food and beverage, health and wellness, packaging, pharmaceutical, and transportation industries. In short, Ashland is diversified.

That diversification has helped the company to weather the corona crisis, and propelled it to a share gain of 62% in the last 12 months. These gains came even as the pandemic – and the associate market, production, and supply disruptions – pushed 2020 annual revenues down to $2.3 billion from the prior year’s $2.5 billion.

In the most recent quarter, Q1 of fiscal 2021, Ashland reported $552 million at the top line. This was up 3.5% year-over-year, and beat the pre-earnings estimates by 1.6%. EPS came in at 99 cents per share, nearly double the 52 cents reported one year earlier – and 25% above expectations.

Analyst John McNulty, weighing in on Ashland from BMO Capital, sees a clear path forward for the company.

“We see solid upside to margins over the next few years, a focus on innovation/growth helping the top line and increased cash conversion... ASH continues to work towards improving its cost structure while also working to re-accelerate its top-line growth... Assuming management continues to execute and margins improve to 25%+ while the top-line growth improves to a mid-single-digit level, ASH should see earnings growth that significantly exceeds expectations while also enjoying multiple expansion.” the analyst commented.

McNulty rates ASH shares as Outperform (i.e. Buy), and his $115 price target implies a one-year upside of 22%. (To watch McNulty’s track record, click here)

Wall Street’s analysts can be a contentious lot – but when they agree on a stock, it’s a positive sign for investors to take note. That’s the case here, as all of the recent reviews on ASH are to Buy, making the consensus rating a unanimous Strong Buy. (See ASH stock analysis on TipRanks)

To find good ideas for momentum stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.

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“Diamonds in the Rough” – Last Week’s Darlings and Dud

Each week in my DecisionPoint Diamonds reports, I give readers 10+ stock picks to consider. This week, we had 11 picks. I look for stocks that are beginning to show positive momentum, bullish chart patterns, breakouts and improving relative strength among

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Each week in my DecisionPoint Diamonds reports, I give readers 10+ stock picks to consider. This week, we had 11 picks. I look for stocks that are beginning to show positive momentum, bullish chart patterns, breakouts and improving relative strength among not only the SPX, but also against its industry group.

Today, I thought I would share three of last week's "Diamonds in the Rough." I have two "Darlings" and one "Dud." They aren't all winners and certainly are not "sure things," so I feel it is appropriate to show you the trade that didn't work out.

This week's "Darlings" come from the Biotech industry group, which really broke out this week. This week's "Dud" wasn't actually too bad. It was a timing issue, but it actually looks pretty good going forward. As part of a DP Diamonds subscription, you also get entrance into the Friday "Diamond Mine" where we review in detail the "Diamonds in the Rough" that presented for the week. I also take symbol requests and we look at BUY points for symbols with promise. An added bonus is that, at the end, we "mine" for new opportunities going into next week.

Below I have the "Diamonds in the Rough" as they were presented originally, followed by my comments on the chart today.

Darling #1:

Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) - Up +4.43% since 6/9


EARNINGS: 8/5/2021 (AMC)


Illumina, Inc. engages in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and function. It operates through Core Illumina segment, which serves customers in the research, clinical and applied markets, and enables the adoption of a variety of genomic solutions. The firm's products include instruments, kits and reagents, selection tools, software and analysis. Its services include sequencing and microarray services; proactive instrument monitoring; and instrument services, training and consulting. The company was founded by David R. Walt, John R. Stuelpnagel, Anthony W. Czarnik, Lawrence A. Bock and Mark S. Chee in April 1998 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

Below is the chart and commentary from Wednesday (6/9):

"ILMN is down -0.01% in after-hours trading. I was surprised I hadn't covered this one before. It's not as volatile as many of the biotechs out there. We have a nice breakout from a trading range. The breakout occurred Monday and price has held above support today and yesterday. The RSI is on the overbought side, so we should be aware of that. The PMO is on an oversold BUY signal and has now reached positive territory. There was a recent IT Trend Model "Silver Cross" BUY signal when the 20-EMA crossed above the 50-EMA. The OBV is confirming the rally and the SCTR is almost in the "hot zone" above 75, meaning it is in the upper quartile among all large-cap stocks. Outperformance is clear. I like that you can set a reasonable 7% stop."

Here is today's chart:

The biggest flaw is the overbought RSI, which is flattening out. ILMN needs to consolidate Thursday's breakout. It began to today, I still love this Biotech and you can tighten the stop more too. The SCTR is now in the "hot zone" above 75, meaning it is in the top quartile among its peers in the large-cap "universe." Also, regarding the SCTR, the calculations are heavily based on intermediate- and long-term indicators.


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Darling #2:

Novavax, Inc. (NVAX) - Up +2.31% since yesterday


EARNINGS: 8/9/2021 (AMC)

Novavax, Inc. focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of vaccines to prevent infectious diseases. It provides vaccines for COVID-19, seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus, Ebola and Middle East respiratory syndrome. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD.

Here is the chart and commentary from Thursday (6/10):

"NVAX is up +0.16% in after hours trading. I covered NVAX as a Reader Request on July 30th, 2020. It hit its 9.2% stop when price dropped in August, so the position would be closed at this point. However, I like it today given the improvement in the Biotech space and knowing that this one is a leader based on the 98.9 SCTR. Today, price pulled back toward the breakout point. This took the RSI away from overbought territory. The PMO shows no damage and is now rising in positive territory on an oversold crossover BUY signal. Volume is coming in and, despite the pullback, the OBV didn't sustain much damage either. The stop is set below the August 2020 top."

Below is today's chart & commentary:

The trade still looks good and it isn't too late for entry. The RSI is positive and not overbought. The PMO is rising strongly on a BUY signal. Most interesting is the nearing of an IT Trend Model "Silver Cross" BUY signal, which will be triggered when the 20-EMA crossover above the 50-EMA. Join me in the free Trading Room on Monday and we'll explore the best BUY points! Register HERE if you haven't already.



Dud:


Dycom Industries, Inc. (DY) - Down -2.91% Since 6/8


EARNINGS: 8/25/2021 (BMO)


Dycom Industries, Inc. provides contracting services throughout the United States. Its services include engineering, construction, maintenance and installation services to telecommunications providers, underground facility locating services to various utilities, including other construction and maintenance services to electric and gas utilities, and others. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Below is the chart and commentary from Tuesday (6/8):

"DY is up +0.72% in after hours trading. I covered DY in the October 14th 2020 Diamonds Report. I didn't put a stop on the chart, but an 8% stop wouldn't have triggered even on the big gap down in November. This means that the position is up +26.7%. The end of May was killer for DY, but it is retracing the decline rapidly. The first of two gaps has now been covered. Today's rally pushed DY above the 20-EMA. The PMO had already begun to curl upward. The RSI isn't positive yet, but it is on its way. The industry group is outperforming the SPX and DY is outperforming both. The stop is set below the gap, right around the 200-EMA at $77.28."

Below is today's chart:

While a lot of things went wrong on this chart, everything still looks bullish, especially after today's strong rally. A short-term flag has formed. The PMO had a positive crossover today. The RSI is still negative, but it is rising again. The timing was just off for it to look good this week. However, if we revisit this chart later, I expect that flag will have resolved upward and we'll be challenging the highs from April and May.

 Happy Charting! - Erin


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Top Stocks To Buy Now? 3 E-Commerce Stocks To Watch

Could these e-commerce giants be a steal at their current price tags?
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3 E-Commerce Stocks For Your June Watchlist

As we continue to see U.S. vaccination and stimulus efforts strengthen the economy, the retail industry could gain momentum. In particular, some of the top e-commerce stocks in the stock market now would be in focus. For the most part, this would be the case as consumers would be eager to spend their saved-up pandemic funds. Sure, some would argue that e-commerce trends could slow as we see the return of brick-and-mortar operations across the country. But, digital shopping offers one key benefit over in-person shopping, convenience. You can’t deny that consumers have spent the past year shopping online more than ever. Now, it has simply transformed from a matter of necessity towards a quality of life service. Because of this, investors and companies alike could stand to benefit.

Even now, some of the biggest names in the e-commerce space continue to bolster their services and offerings. For instance, we could look at the likes of Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) now. Just this week, the company launched its interactive cloud-based Livestream shopping service. On top of that, CTO Cheng Li recently revealed plans to develop autonomous delivery trucks over the next year. Truly, the integration of tech and retail, that is e-commerce, continues to push boundaries. Understandably, this appears to be the industry working hard to retain the customers it gained throughout the pandemic.

Meanwhile, even conventional retailers who quickly adopted e-commerce practices are flourishing now. Take Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH) and Signet Jewelers (NYSE: SIG) for example. RH is a high-end furniture retailer, while Signet is the largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Both RH stock and SIG stock have more than tripled in value over the past year. On that note, here are three top e-commerce stocks worth noting in the stock market today.

Top E-Commerce Stocks To Buy [Or Sell] Now

Chewy Inc.

Chewy is an e-commerce company that focuses on pet products and services. It aims to be one of the most trusted and convenient destinations for pet parents everywhere. The company is currently a preeminent source for pet products, supplies, and prescriptions as a result of its broad selection of high-quality products. It also continues to develop innovative ways for customer engagements and partners with more than 2,500 of the best brands in the pet industry. CHWY stock currently trades at $75.08 as of 2:27 p.m. ET and is up by over 50% in the last year. Yesterday, the company reported strong first-quarter 2021 financial results.

Firstly, the company reported net sales of $2.14 billion, growing by 31.7% year-over-year. Net income for the quarter was $38.7 million. This great start to the year is looking to be an exciting and busy time for the company. The company also said that it has been continuing to execute its growth roadmap, expand its database, and increase its addressable market-expanding verticals. Despite its main business being pet retail, the company also has been expanding on its telehealth services for pets.

In May, the company expanded its proprietary and popular telehealth service called Connect with a Vet. It introduced a series of features enhancing the experience of customers and veterinarians. This would include video consultation, the ability to preschedule a virtual vet consultation, and extended hours of operation including weekends. These features will no double help make pet health and wellness more accessible and affordable everywhere. For these reasons, will you consider adding CHWY stock to your portfolio?

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Amazon Inc.

Next on this list is e-commerce titan, Amazon. Amazon is a multinational technology company that not only focuses on e-commerce but also has a portfolio of tech services. This would include cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. In brief, it also has one of the largest online marketplaces in the world by revenue. The company is also one of the world’s most valuable companies and one of the highest global brand valuations. AMZN stock currently trades at $3,344.62 as of 2:28 p.m. ET. In late April, the company reported its first-quarter financials.

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In it, the company posted net sales of $108.5 billion, an increase of 44% year-over-year. Net income increased to $8.1 billion in the first quarter or a diluted earnings per share of $15.79. Operating income increased to $8.9 billion in the first quarter more than doubling from a year earlier. The company stated that as its Prime Video streaming service turns 10, it boasts over 175 million members that have streamed shows and movies in the past year. Streaming hours are up by more than 70% year-over-year.

The company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become a $54 billion annual sales run rate business, competing against the world’s largest technology companies. AWS also continues to enjoy growth and is up by 32% year-over-year. AWS also announced significant customer momentum, with new commitments and migrations from customers spanning many major industries. This would include Walt Disney’s (NYSE: DIS) Disney+ expansion to more than 100 million subscribers around the world. Given all of this, won’t you say that AMZN stock is a top e-commerce stock to consider buying?

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Shopify Inc.

Topping our list today is the leading e-commerce enabler, Shopify Inc. For some context, the company maintains and operates its proprietary e-commerce platform of the same name. On the Shopify platform, retailers across the globe can start, grow, market, and manage online stores of varying sizes. For a sense of scale, Shopify currently facilitates over 1.7 million businesses across 175 countries via its platform. As it stands, SHOP stock is currently trading at $1,236.80 a share as of 2:28 p.m. ET. Despite its current valuation, could it have more space to grow moving forward?

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For one thing, the company does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. This is evident as Shopify continues to grow its market reach and services with major partnerships. Firstly, the company is currently working with Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) to connect Shopify merchants with consumers through Google Search. No doubt, this would significantly boost the exposure of Shopify’s offerings, to say the least. Now, Shopify products will appear across Google’s daily 1 billion shopping-related searches, according to the duo.

While this is great for the company, it continues to grow its collaborations list. This week, news broke of Shopify’s team-ups with financial firm Affirm (NASDAQ: AFRM) and streaming giant Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX). With Affirm, Shopify now brings Shop Pay installments to buyers. By allowing merchants early access to Shop Pay installments, Shopify found that their average order volumes gained by up to 50%. Moreover, Netflix is reportedly selling merchandise from its increasingly popular line of self-produced series. Overall, Shopify appears to be firing on all cylinders now. Would this make SHOP stock a top buy for you?

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Miami stakes the claim to become the world’s Bitcoin and crypto capital

Miami has a dynamic mayor, lots of VC money and is coming off the largest ever crypto extravaganza, but is that enough without legal clarity?
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Miami has a dynamic mayor, lots of VC money and is coming off the largest ever crypto extravaganza, but is that enough without legal clarity?

As Miami comes down from the “high” of having hosted the “largest-ever” Bitcoin event, it seems reasonable to ask: Does the Sunshine State’s entrepot really have what it takes to become “the world’s cryptocurrency capital?” — a new role foreseen by its dynamic mayor. If not, could Miami at least become the next Crypto Valley — i.e., a cradle for cryptocurrency and blockchain innovation like the Swiss canton of Zug?

The optics certainly look good. As the New York Times noted in its coverage of last week’s Bitcoin 2021 gathering, “The city has gone full crypto,” with Bitcoin ATMs sprinkling Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. Meanwhile, crypto exchange FTX has secured the naming rights for the Miami Heats arena, while there was also a proposal by Miami mayor Francis Suarez to allow citizens to pay taxes with cryptocurrency, among other things.

But others caution that a lot of hard work still awaits — and regulatory/legislative events have to take a favorable turn before Miami can lay claim to being the capital of anything in the rapidly evolving cryptoverse.

Enabling legislation is critical

“Miami cannot do this without the Florida state legislature passing pro-crypto legislation,” Zachary Kelman, managing partner at Kelman Law, told Cointelegraph, which followed with a question about Bitcoin 2021 being a milestone event and harbinger of big things to come. Kelman answered, “Yes, but in large part due to the pent-up demand for such a conference given the crypto bull market occurring during the pandemic.”

Kelman is no crypto skeptic — quite the opposite. He belongs to the Florida Blockchain Business Association, which is actively lobbying for the necessary crypto-enabling state legislation. If that is secured, Miami could become a crypto hub, even without federal legislation, he said, because:

“Money transmission rules, which are mostly governed by state legislatures, hold the keys for crypto businesses to thrive in a particular jurisdiction. Most of the activity remains in the exchange space, followed by the growth of ‘DeFi’ projects, which also often fall under the state money transmission rules.”

Miami has other advantages over other emerging crypto hubs — even Wyoming, which already has crypto-supportive state laws — Hemang Subramanian, assistant professor at Florida International University’s business school, told Cointelegraph. Miami is an international city with a developed banking infrastructure, and many venture capitalists and high-net-worth individuals are interested in funding innovation. Moreover, “it is one the largest financial hubs in the country, with a large port and a huge expat population from South America, the Caribbean and Europe.”

Benjamin Sauter, a lawyer at Kobre & Kim LLP, agreed with Subramanian that Miami was an appealing destination and business hub “particularly as digital currencies begin to take the Latin American market by storm.” Florida also lacks a state income tax — another plus, he told Cointelegraph. But those advantages still may be unable to transform the city into a global crypto hub, even with favorable state legislation:

“Most of the serious legal work needs to happen at the federal level. Much of the current discussion focuses on Anti-Money Laundering, international cooperation and asset recovery, and tax enforcement. Wealthy individuals and companies in the [crypto] space would do well to plan for government scrutiny and enforcement measures in these areas, rather than holding their breaths for a quick fix in Miami.”

Lane Kasselman, chief business officer of Blockchain.com, which recently announced that it was moving its U.S. headquarters from New York to Miami, was understandably bullish about the company’s sunny new second home and told Cointelegraph, “Miami is already the [new] Crypto Valley, and the announcements last week prove it.” Mayor Suarez is acting as a vocal proponent for technology investment in the region, he added, and “Miami’s welcoming regulatory environment will help fuel crypto innovation.”

Miami as seen from abroad

What about the view from further afield? Thomas Nägele, an attorney who played a role in the evolution of Crypto Valley, told Cointelegraph, “I think that Miami is in a very good position to become a blockchain hub like the Crypto Valley in Switzerland and the crypto country Liechtenstein,” while adding several caveats:

“A blockchain hub is not something that can simply be imposed; it has to be supported by the community, requires a certain number of companies that are active in this area, and, last but not least, needs legal clarity.”

This last item, “legal clarity,” is of the utmost importance, Nägele stressed, and “the perfect example for that is Liechtenstein with its TVTG — also known as Blockchain Act — which provides the legal framework for the tokenization of assets.”

Ian Simpson, senior marketing and communication manager at Bitcoin Suisse AG — a company based in the Crypto Valley — told Cointelegraph, “One challenge for larger cities and countries is that crypto can be ‘swallowed up’ by the wider tech ecosystem, and this can dilute the attractiveness to blockchain projects.” He added, “Close contact and access to ideas, talent and quality services are some of the things that have made Switzerland’s Crypto Valley what it is. We’ll have to wait and see how things develop in Miami.”

When asked if Bitcoin 2021 should be viewed as a milestone event for the crypto and blockchain space, Simpson answered that while it was a welcoming event, particularly after all the lockdowns of the past year, “It does not seem to have marked any significant change or development in the community — and as we saw it had absolutely no effect on the markets.”

Nägele, for his part, called it “a pity” that most European countries were on a quarantine list and were unable to join the Bitcoin 2021 gathering, “but what my friends were telling me, it was an amazing event, and this is always a good start for an ecosystem.” While Kasselman commented, “There’s no question we’ve reached a critical inflection point where crypto has moved from niche to mainstream,” he further explained to Cointelegraph:

“What’s notable is that the conference wasn’t just about Bitcoin, it was about the ecosystem: From DeFi to NFT to SushiSwap. Crypto is an industry, not just a [single] highly valued token.”

A new center of gravity?

Overall, is it even possible to identify the crypto/blockchain world’s nerve center, and if so, could it change? It may shift from time to time, said Nägele, “depending on where attractive conditions exist for the relevant companies. Europe and especially Switzerland and Liechtenstein were certainly early adopters, and recently, Asia is catching up. I really look forward to welcoming Miami to the club, but finally, I hope that we consider the world as the crypto hub.”

Simpson added, “The U.S. has a strong position in the blockchain and crypto space by virtue of its lead in technology and with the recent IPO of Coinbase. However, Europe and Switzerland seem to offer more openness on the regulatory side, and the Asian ecosystem also has a great deal of weight by virtue of scale.” But it is still difficult to point to a single center of gravity in the blockchain ecosystem, he added.

Related: The female speakers who made an impact at Bitcoin2021 in Miami

“While the U.S. and Europe get much of the press, Latin America and Asia show the fastest retail user growth,” added Kasselman. “It’s likely as crypto becomes more ubiquitous across financial services, we’ll see emerging markets accelerate adoption for the core products, and mature markets grow their usage of the expanding crypto ecosystem.”

“I think Miami could easily be the American capital of crypto if it isn’t already,” noted Kelman. “However, without federal legislative support, it is impossible for Miami to become the international crypto capital,” and recent signs “point to more onerous federal legislation rather than crypto-friendly laws in the near term.”

Subramanian said that regulation always follows innovation, and “in a democracy, the people’s ‘will’ will eventually play out.” That is, the requisite state and federal legislation will come eventually. “If Zug in Switzerland can become a crypto-blockchain haven, Miami can too. It is more diverse, more international, and much more capital-friendly,” he added.

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