Cathie Wood’s funds take big hits as Tesla and the tech trade show signs of unwinding

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Some called it the “Cathie Wood sell-off.”  

At the open Tuesday, the top names owned by Ark Investment Management were the biggest decliners in the market. 

Shares of Palantir, Tesla, Roku, Square, Paypal, Teladoc, Baidu, Zillow, Shopify and Spotify were all down big, in many cases by double-digits.  All were major holdings in funds like her flagship Ark Innovation ETF (ARKK) and Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW).

Shortly after the open, her flagship Ark Innovation Fund was down 11%. By 10 a.m. ET, a half-hour after opening, it had already traded more than 8 million shares, a full day’s volume.  By midday, it had traded 30 million shares.

And then, a half hour after opening, the selling let up. The fund was last down about 6% and 11% for the week.

“It was like a mini-panic,” Alec Young from Tactical Alpha told me.  “The market is getting concerned that the Fed is risking getting behind the curve on inflation.  The market is pricing in more inflation, which means lower prices for tech stocks.”

The market stopped dropping as Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell’s congressional testimony was released.  Powell repeatedly emphasized he does not expect inflation to rise to troublesome levels:  “Monetary policy is accommodative and needs to continue to be accommodative,” he said.

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