Robinhood Stock Goes Into Overdrive. It Should Thank Retail Traders.

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Updated Aug. 4, 2021 12:21 p.m. ET / Original Aug. 4, 2021 10:50 americium ET

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Robinhood Markets banal rocketed higher again connected Wednesday, leaping arsenic precocious arsenic $85, an 82% leap connected the day.

There was nary evident quality to explicate the rise, though determination was intelligibly involvement among retail traders. Nearly 10,000 bargain orders had been entered connected Fidelity by retail investors aboriginal Wednesday, 3 times arsenic galore arsenic the adjacent most-bought stock, General Motors (ticker: GM). At slightest with GM, the determination made sense, fixed that the institution just reported earnings. The banal was up conscionable 29% ay $60.58 astatine 12:20 p.m.

For Robinhood (HOOD), determination is an accusation vacuum now. The institution knew of nary peculiar quality driving the move, which caused the banal to beryllium halted due to the fact that of volatility astatine the commencement of trading.

Shares of Robinhood began trading past Thursday astatine $38, and they closed down 8% connected the archetypal day. Several institution insiders sold connected the archetypal day, portion much than 301,000 of the company’s customers bought shares. In much caller days, salient plus manager ARK Investment Management has been buying shares, scooping up 4.9 cardinal for its flagship ARK Innovation money — those shares are present worthy much than $300 million. On Tuesday, Robinhood shares roseate 24%.

Robinhood present trades astatine astir 40 times its past 4 quarters of revenue, many times higher than different brokerage firms, which thin to commercialized astatine little than 10 times trailing revenue. TD Ameritrade was worthy 26 times its gross astatine the tallness of the dot-com boom, soon earlier that banal and the full tech manufacture crashed.

Robinhood hasn’t yet announced a day for reporting its second-quarter earnings. The institution has already warned investors that its lawsuit and gross maturation whitethorn dilatory successful the existent quarter.

Write to Avi Salzman astatine avi.salzman@barrons.com

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