Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest missed out on more than $1 billion in returns by selling Nvidia stock too early

“I’ve watched Nvidia all my career actually since it’s gone public. It’s a very cyclical stock,” Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood said of Jensen Huang’s chip company.Hugo Amaral/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images; Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images

Cathie Wood’s decision to sell more than 1 million shares of Nvidia came as the stock rocketed to astronomical highs. 

Ark Invest has missed out on more than $1 billion in returns by selling Nvidia stock too early.

Ark Invest sold 859,000 Nvidia shares in the fourth quarter of 2022, when the stock was trading below $150 per share.

Cathie Wood’s decision to sell the bulk of Ark Invest’s Nvidia holdings when the stock was trading below $150 per share has proven to be costly.

To put a number on it, the famed money manager’s firm has been left out of a rally that would have netted it a $1.2 billion return, according to Business Insider calculations.

According to 13F filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ark Invest has sold 1.3 million shares of Nvidia across its suite of investment products since the fourth quarter of 2022.

The bulk of those sales occurred in November 2022, before the release of ChatGPT helped spark a massive artificial intelligence-fueled rally in the stock market.

Nvidia stock traded at an average price of about $146 in the fourth quarter of 2022. The stock has since soared 682% to about $1,141 on Thursday afternoon.

Ark Invest’s decision to sell 859,000 Nvidia shares in the fourth quarter of 2022 alone cost the disruptive innovation-focused investment company $854 million in missed returns had it held onto the stock.

In February 2023, Wood told CNBC that while she likes Nvidia stock, it’s valuation was too high.

“We like Nvidia, we think it’s going to be a good stock. It’s priced, it’s the ‘check-the-box’ AI company. For a flagship fund, where we’re consolidated towards our highest conviction names, part of that has to do with the valuation,” she told CNBC at the time.

Nvidia had a market valuation of about $575 billion in February 2023. Today, Nvidia is worth about $2.8 trillion.

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