Ark Invest, the investment firm led by Cathie Wood, reportedly sold more than 1.4 million Coinbase Global (COIN).
Notably, this sale is spread out across the company’s three actively managed exchange-traded funds: Ark Innovation (ARKK) sold 1,133,495 COIN shares, Next Generation Internet (ARKW) sold 174,611 shares, and Fintech Innovation (ARKF) sold 110,218 shares respectively. The move comes almost three months after Ark Invest bought more than half a million shares in May.
Why Did Ark Invest Dump Coin Shares
This massive sell comes following the reports of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigating Coinbase for allegedly allowing Americans to trade in tokens that were expected to be registered as securities.
In addition, last week, SEC also launched an investigation related to the insider trading case, which accused Coinbase’s former employees of violating the company’s insider trading rules by tipping off other individuals for illegal profiting.
However, Coinbase denied the allegations. The company’s chief legal officer Paul Grewal said that the exchange’s
“rigorous diligence process―a process the SEC has already reviewed―keeps securities off our platform.”
COIN Future Price Movement
The investment firm has been actively buying Coinbase shares since its debut, adding over 750,000 shares to its stash. According to Bloomberg, Ark Invest was Coinbase’s third-biggest shareholder, holding about 8.95 million shares at the end of June.
Coinbase shares plunged by more than 20% to $52.93 during the last trading day amid the increased scrutiny. The average cost that $ARKK purchased $COIN was $254.65. Ark sold at lows of $53, which suggests that the firm expects that COIN could extend losses in the coming days.
Cathie Wood of $ARKK just sold nearly 1.41 million shares of Coinbase, $COIN, at all-time lows of $53.
The average cost average that $ARKK purchased $COIN at was $254.65.
— unusual_whales (@unusual_whales) July 27, 2022
Ark has gulped in almost 85% loss, which might be one of the most significant blows for Cathie Wood’s fund. This also suggests that the short-term success of the company is not necessarily a guarantee of productive performance in the long term.
ARKK, the firm’s flagship ETF, was a big winner in 2020 after hefty stock market gains. However, it tumbled by more than 57.84% since the start of the year amid fears of monetary regulations worldwide.