about 2 years ago • 1 min
Six months after its high-profile initial public offering (IPO) and 12 months after the GameStop trading frenzy that helped its transition to household name, Robinhood stock is struggling.
The retail-focused brokerage sold shares at $38 on July 28th and they began trading the next day. The stock was briefly caught up in its own meme-stock frenzy the following week, peaking at $85. But it’s been one-way traffic ever since.
Robinhood burnished its image as a champion of smaller investors by allowing them to order shares in its IPO, something that’s usually reserved for big institutions. But the chart shows how, unfortunately, anyone who did is currently sitting on a 69% loss. That’s an even worse performance than the average IPO over the period, as indicated by the Renaissance IPO exchange traded fund (in pink).
And Robinhood shareholders shouldn’t expect any respite soon. The stock was down another 15% to less than $10 as of 5am in New York pre-market trading on Friday after results reported late Thursday disappointed investors. The broker’s forecast for first-quarter revenue was well short of estimates and its tally of monthly active users actually fell.
For now at least, Robinhood is looking like a case study of the dangers of getting caught up in buzzy market debuts.
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