Wood’s flagship Ark Innovation ETF has slid 41% over the past year, but has rebounded 28% so far this year.
Famed money manager Cathie Wood, chief executive of Ark Investment Management, bought and sold some of her big-name stocks Thursday, repeating moves she has made for months.
The stock has lost 18% in the past year but has jumped 66% year to date amid strength in the sports-gambling market. DraftKings is the 12th biggest holding in Wood’s flagship Ark Innovation ETF (ARKK) – Get Free Report, falling Thursday from No. 11.
The company is a medical diagnostics provider famous for its Cologuard at-home colon cancer test. Exact Sciences stock has climbed 34% thus far in 2023, buoyed by strong earnings and the overall market’s rally.
That said, the shares have descended 12% over the past year. Wood has unloaded more than 2 million Exact Sciences shares this year. But the company is still the fourth biggest holding in Ark Innovation.
The company’s shares have tumbled 67% over the past year amid turmoil in the cryptocurrency market. But they have rebounded 82% this year, helped by bitcoin’s recovery. Coinbase is the sixth biggest holding in Ark Innovation ETF.
Ark’s Lagging Performance
Meanwhile, Wood’s performance hasn’t exactly lit the investment world on fire over the past year, as her young technology stocks have slumped. Ark Innovation has descended 41% during that period and 75% from its February 2021 peak.
Still, the fund has bounced back 28% so far this year, as tech stocks have rebounded in general.
Mama Cathie, as Wood is known to her fans, defends her strategy by noting that she has a five-year investment horizon. But the five-year annualized return of $7.4 billion Ark Innovation was just 0.02% through March 2, compared with 10.07% for the S&P 500.
The fund’s performance also doesn’t come close to Wood’s goal for annualized returns of 15% over five-year periods.
Ark Innovation enjoyed a net investment inflow of $431 million during the past five days, and $841 million over the last year, according to ETF research firm VettaFi.
What Draws Investors to Wood
You might wonder why so many investors have stuck with Wood. The fact that she had one spectacular year certainly helps. Ark Innovation skyrocketed 153% in 2020.
Also, Wood has become something of a rock star in the investment world, appearing frequently in the media. She explains financial concepts in ways that novice investors can understand.
Wood does have her detractors. Morningstar analyst Robby Greengold issued a scathing critique of Ark Innovation last year.
“ARKK shows few signs of improving its risk management or ability to successfully navigate the challenging territory it explores,” he wrote.
Wood, of course, begged to differ. “I do know there are companies like that one [Morningstar] that do not understand what we’re doing,” she said in an interview with Magnifi Media by Tifin.