3 Stocks She Just Bought

There’s no dimmer switch on Cathie Wood. The Ark Invest co-founder and CEO is either fully illuminated or left in the dark. The same widely followed growth investor who trounced the market in 2020 and 2023 faltered badly in 2021 and 2022. She’s also off to a challenging start here in 2024.

She’s not standing still. Ark bought shares of Roblox (NYSE: RBLX), Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU), and SoFi Technologies (NASDAQ: SOFI) on Thursday, adding to her existing positions. Let’s take a closer look at these three stocks that Wood is now buying.

1. Roblox

Despite rallying last year, shares of Roblox continue to be a broken IPO. The online gaming platform developer finds its stock trading below the $45 reference price it hit the market with three years ago. Roblox once traded as high as $141.60 in late 2021, but it’s 74% lower than that high-water mark right now.

It doesn’t mean that Roblox isn’t rolling at the moment. The platform’s popularity is growing again after stalling a year ago. Revenue rose 30% in its latest quarter, fueled by a 25% surge in bookings. Average daily active users have risen 22% over the past year to 71.5 million, and the 21% increase in total hours spent on the platform is in line with that growth so Roblox continues to be engaging. Average monthly unique payers are up a slightly more modest 18%, but that’s not a deal breaker.

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Investors naturally can’t take growth for granted. Roblox caters to a largely young audience of users, and it will need to continue making sure that it’s still resonating with a historically fickle audience. Its top-line guidance for 2024 is strong, but the bottom line continues to be a pressure point.

Roblox expects its losses to widen this year. Analysts don’t see the open-ended platform turning an adjusted profit until 2027. A lot can naturally happen in the next three years. There have been plenty of ups and downs in its first three years of trading. Wood obviously is a believer. Roblox is Ark’s eighth-largest holding across all of its fund positions.

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2. Roku

Shares of Roku more than doubled…

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