ARK Invest, the investment firm founded by major Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Cathie Wood, has been actively acquiring stock of the crypto-friendly app Robinhood.
On Nov. 8, ARK made a significant purchase of Robinhood stock, buying a total of 1.1 million shares for approximately $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 purchased the largest amount of shares in the acquisition, buying 888,500 Robinhood shares, which accounted for 78% of the entire daily buy. ARKW and ARKF acquired 152,849 shares and 99,697 shares, respectively.
The substantial purchase followed consistent buying of Robinhood equity by ARK, though the most recent purchases involved significantly smaller amounts. On Oct. 23, ARK purchased 197,285 Robinhood shares for its ARKW funds, following a 259,628 Robinhood buy on the previous day.
Related: Cathie Wood’s ARK sells Grayscale Bitcoin Trust shares as BTC hits $34K
The latest purchase took place as Robinhood 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 dropping 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.
While actively purchasing Robinhood stock, ARK has continued to sell Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) shares, with ARKW selling 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 began 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 amount of shares purchased is nearing the amount of GBTC shares sold by ARK in November 2022.
ARK has 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.
Magazine: How to protect your crypto in a volatile market — Bitcoin OGs and experts weigh in