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Online brokerage Robinhood jumps 29% to surge past offer price

Online brokerage Robinhood jumps 29% to surge past offer price

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Robinhood Markets, Inc. is seen at a pop-up event on Wall Street after the company's IPO in New York City, U.S., July 29, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Robinhood Markets finally on Tuesday (Aug 3) got the share bounce that was predicted for last week's much-hyped Nasdaq launch, jumping as much as 29 per cent as investors followed influential fund manager Cathie Wood into the stock.

Shares of the online brokerage tumbled 8 per cent in its listing last Thursday, surprising analysts who had expected strong support from the small-time traders that it services and for whom it had taken the unusual step of reserving 20 per cent to 35 per cent of shares in the flotation.

Filings, however, have since shown that company executives sold shares a day before the launch, with Chief Executive Vlad Tenev, cashing in 1.25 million shares for about US$45.5 million, offering a possible explanation for the initial slide in value.

By 1.45pm ET, they were up 26 per cent on the day to US$47.59, a third day of gains that took them past the IPO price of US$38.

The stock gained about 7 per cent on Monday after Wood's flagship ARK Innovation ETF disclosed it had scooped up more shares in the initial public offering.

The ETF currently holds nearly five million Robinhood shares, which amounts to about 0.8 per cent of its portfolio, according to the latest data on the fund's website.

Robinhood is one of the trading apps instrumental in fueling this year's "meme" stock frenzy but retail investors snubbed the stock on online forums such as Reddit last week.

Shares in the company were among the top five trending stocks on trading-focused social media site Stocktwits on Tuesday, although almost three-quarters of the commentary was negative. The platform is commonly seen as a measure of interest from retail investors.

The trading app does not encourage users to sell IPO shares within the first 30 days of offerings, restricting them from participating in future IPO deals for two months if they do.

Source: Reuters/jt

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