Robinhood meme rally falters, as inventory drops 8% to lowest worth since shortly after IPO


An individual a smartphone with the projected Robinhood worth shares in Los Angeles, July 27, 2021.

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Robinhood’s quick run as a meme inventory has crashed into Wall Road actuality.

Shares of the stock-trading app dropped 8% on Thursday to $45.79 after the corporate reported earnings for the primary time since its IPO in late July. Since climbing as excessive as $85 on Aug. 4, the inventory has plummeted 46% to the bottom since its fourth day in the marketplace.

Robinhood mentioned second-quarter income greater than doubled to $565 million, near the excessive finish of its forecast. However an outsized quantity of its progress got here from dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that was began as a joke.

Revenue from crypto transactions surged greater than 45-fold from a 12 months in the past to $233 million, accounting for 52% of whole transaction-related income, up from 17% within the first quarter and 4% within the fourth quarter of final 12 months. Greater than 60% of its funded accounts traded crypto within the quarter.

Inside Robinhood’s crypto enterprise, which incorporates shopping for and promoting of bitcoin, ethereum and several other different digital currencies, 62% of income got here from buying and selling in dogecoin. Which means dogecoin, which greater than quadrupled in worth within the second quarter, accounted for nearly one-third of Robinhood’s whole transaction income.

Robinhood executives did not single out dogecoin on the earnings name on Thursday, however they avoided providing a income forecast as a result of there’s a lot uncertainty within the enterprise.

“We have skilled volatility from interval to interval that makes it troublesome to precisely predict leads to the quick time period,” Jason Warnick, Robinhood’s CFO, mentioned on the decision. “For Q3, we anticipate seasonal headwinds and decrease buying and selling exercise throughout the trade to lead to decrease revenues and significantly fewer new funded accounts than we noticed in Q2.”

Robinhood’s personal inventory briefly noticed among the similar exercise that is made the app common amongst younger retail buyers. Like shares of GameStop and AMC early within the 12 months and dogecoin in April and Could, Robinhood soared for no basic motive.

The rally did not final lengthy. Robinhood gained 24% on Aug. 3 and 50% the next day and was up as a lot as 82%.

On Aug. 4, 175.8 million shares traded palms, 72% greater than the quantity traded on the corporate’s IPO day. The inventory image HOOD was the highest ticker on the Reddit WallStreetBets tracker Swaggy Shares that day and was the highest traded inventory on Constancy.

Robinhood has given up all of its good points from these two days and is now simply 21% above its debut worth on July 29.

No matter Robinhood’s platform has change into for merchants, Warnick indicated to CNBC’s Kate Rooney on “Squawk Box” Thursday that the inventory is not seen like a GameStop or a dogecoin.

“It does not resonate with me to name Robinhood a meme inventory,” Warnick mentioned.

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