Cathie Wood’s ARK bags 1.1M Robinhood shares in one day


ARK Invest, the investment firm founded by major Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Cathie Wood, is actively accumulating stock of the crypto-friendly app Robinhood.

On Nov. 8, ARK made a massive Robinhood stock purchase, bagging a total of 1.1 million shares for about $9.5 million in one day, according to a trade notification seen by Cointelegraph.

The purchase involved three innovation exchange-traded funds (ETFs) managed by ARK, including ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK), ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW) and ARK Fintech Innovation ETF (ARKF).

ARKK has allocated the biggest amount of shares in the purchase, buying 888,500 Robinhood shares, or 78% of the entire daily buy. ARKW and ARKF allocated 152,849 shares and 99,697 shares, respectively.

The mega purchase followed steady Robinhood equity-buying by ARK, though the most recent purchases involved significantly smaller purchases. On Oct. 23, ARK purchased 197,285 Robinhood shares for its ARKW funds, following a 259,628 Robinhood buy on the previous day.

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The latest buy came as Robinhood on Nov. 8 disclosed plans to expand into Europe in the coming weeks, particularly exploring establishing brokerage operations in the United Kingdom. The announcement coincided with the Robinhood stock plunging over 14% after the online brokerage reported worse-than-expected results as trading activity and users declined. According to data from TradingView, Robinhood closed at $8.37 on Nov. 8.

Robinhood (HOOD) five-day price chart. Source: TradingView

While actively buying Robinhood, ARK has continued to sell Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) shares, with ARKW dumping another 48,477 GBTC for $1.4 million on Nov. 8. On Nov. 6, ARKW sold another large portion of GBTC of 139,506 shares, worth nearly $4 million.

ARK started selling GBTC shares in late October 2022, following a year’s break from touching the GBTC stock. Since Oct. 24, ARK has sold a total of 427,573 GBTC shares, worth about $11.9 million at the time of writing. The purchase amount is nearing the amount of GBTC shares sold by ARK in November 2022.

ARK has concurrently also announced the launch of new ETFs focused on Bitcoin and Ether futures contracts in collaboration with its major crypto ETF partner, 21Shares. According to joint prospectuses, the firms expect to launch trading of five new crypto products on the Chicago Board Options Exchange by Nov. 16.

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