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Robinhood slips below offer price moments after Nasdaq debut

Robinhood slips below offer price moments after Nasdaq debut

29/7/2021 8:03:00 PM

Robinhood slips below offer price moments after Nasdaq debut

Shares of online brokerage Robinhood Markets Inc fell below their offer price moments after their Nasdaq debut on Thursday, in a disappointing ...

BookmarkNEW YORK: Shares of online brokerage Robinhood Markets Inc fell below their offer price moments after their Nasdaq debut on Thursday, in a disappointing reception to one of the most hotly anticipated listings of the year.Shares were down 5 per cent at US$36.07 in early trading. At the opening price of US$38, the brokerage would be valued at about US$31.75 billion.

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AdvertisementAdvertisementThe company, arguably the breakout financial technology startup of its generation, priced its IPO on Wednesday at the lower end of its US$38 to US$42 range and raised US$2.1 billion.Its long-awaited debut comes months after it was caught in a confrontation between a new generation of retail investors and Wall Street hedge funds.

Its decision earlier this year to restrict trading in a few popular stocks following a tenfold rise in deposit requirements at its clearinghouse had enraged the US lawmakers as well as users of its app, a go-to destination for retail investors.Its easy-to-use interface made it a hit among young investors trading from home during coronavirus-induced restrictions and its popularity has soared over the past 18 months headtopics.com

AdvertisementAdvertisementJeff Zell, senior research analyst at IPO Boutique, said there were more sceptics than believers regarding this company at this valuation level."With that being said, there is a silver lining to this performance, or underperformance, as it sets the 'expectations' on the lower end of the scale for Robinhood when it reports its first few quarters, Zell said.

"But overall, the company still has a lot to prove."Robinhood's revenue in the March quarter jumped fourfold, thanks to the trading mania in the so-called meme stocks. But it also came at a cost, putting it at the centre of several regulatory probes.

AdvertisementThe company was forced to raise US$3.4 billion in emergency funds after its finances were strained due to the massive jump in retail trading.The company was founded in 2013 by Stanford University roommates Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt. The two will hold a majority of the voting power, with Bhatt keeping around 39 per cent of the outstanding stock and Tenev about 26.2 per cent.

It had planned to reserve 20 per cent and 35 per cent of its offering for users of its trading platform that allows users to make unlimited commission-free trades in stocks, exchange-traded funds, options and cryptocurrencies.Robinhood Chief Financial Officer Jason Warnick told Reuters he expects the IPO to demonstrate the benefits of allocating a significant chunk of stock to retail investors. headtopics.com

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the company disclosed on Tuesday it has received inquiries from US watchdogs asking if employees traded GameStop Corp and AMC Entertainment before the online broker publicly announced it was restricting trading in those and other meme stocks on Jan 28.

The company is also being probed over whether it complied with personnel registration rules, it said. Read more: CNA »

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Online brokerage Robinhood set for tepid Nasdaq debut:Shares of online brokerage Robinhood Markets Inc were set to start trading about 4per cent above their offer price on the Nasdaq , setting the ...

Online brokerage Robinhood set for tepid Nasdaq debut:Shares of online brokerage Robinhood Markets Inc were set to start trading about 4per cent above their offer price on the Nasdaq , setting the ...

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