From Tesla to Workhorse, here are the 50 most popular stocks among retail investors on Robinhood

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Robinhood is hugely popular among day traders, putting it at the center of the GameStop frenzy

Robinhood has been the poster child of the commission-free trading movement that has drawn a new generation of investors into the stock market, and its user base skews heavily to Millennial and Gen Z investors. From iconic companies like Apple, to upstarts looking to disrupt whole industries, here are the top 50 stock picks among Robinhood users.

50. Workhorse

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Workhorse, the Loveland, Ohio-based electric-vehicle maker, has become a retail favorite among other auto manufacturers, like Lordstown Motors and Canoo.

49. Boeing

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Shares of the plane-maker have rallied more than 12% so far this year.

48. Zynga

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The mobile-gaming company sees more than $1 billion in sales opportunity if it expands beyond mobile games to consoles and computers, Bloomberg reported.

47. Uber

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Shares of the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company have been barely changed so far this year.

46. United Airlines

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The airline slumped amid the COVID-19 pandemic but has turned around as air travel picks back up.

45. SPDR S&P 500 ETF

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The ETF tracking the benchmark index has risen about 15% so far this year.

44. NVIDIA

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The chip and graphics card producer has rallied more than 50% year-to-date.

43. General Motors

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The automaker is among a slew of others in the industry that retail traders have rallied behind.

42. Coca-Cola

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Shares of the Atlanta-based beverage company have rebounded from a slump earlier this year.

41. Vanguard S&P 500 ETF

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The exchange-traded fund has rallied 14% so far this year.

40. Norwegian Cruise Line

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The cruise industry was hit hard amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but shares of cruise operators are on the rebound as the world reopens.

39. Ideanomics

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Ideanomics, a small company focused on sustainability, has rallied alongside other meme stocks like GameStop this year.

38. Virgin Galactic

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The space tourism company has been a focus among Reddit retail traders for months. Shares soared in May after the company announced its successful test flight.

37. FuelCell Energy

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The Danbury, Connecticut-based company creates “clean, efficient and affordable fuel cell solutions,” according to its website.

36. AT&T

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The media and telecommunications company based in Dallas is among retail-trader favorites on Robinhood.

35. Moderna

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Moderna shares have rallied in recent days since the pharmaceutical company announced its COVID-19 vaccine should work against the Delta variant.

34. Starbucks

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The popular Seattle-based coffee maker recently added oat milk-based drinks to its menu.

33. Twitter

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The social-media site has been a hub for retail traders exchanging ideas this year.

32. Advanced Micro Devices

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Advanced Micro Devices, a semiconductor company, is frequently mentioned on Reddit investing threads like Wall Street Bets.

31. Canopy Growth

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The Canadian cannabis company is one of a handful of its kind that are among retail-trader favorites.

30. Facebook

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The social media behemoth is now worth more than $1 trillion after a federal judge dismissed antitrust lawsuits against the company.

29. Tilray

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The Canadian cannabis company has seen a lot of Reddit hype as retail investors look to position themselves for the possibility of legalization in the US.

28. Coinbase Global

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Coinbase was the first major cryptocurrency exchange to go public on April 14.

27. Bank of America

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Shares of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank have rallied about 36% so far this year.

26. OrganiGram

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The Canadian cannabis company is one of several retail traders have hyped up.

25. Alibaba

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Shares of the Chinese e-commerce company have fallen about 2.6% this year.

24. Netflix

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The streaming site recently launched an e-commerce store to sell items from popular shows like “The Witcher.”

23. Snap Inc.

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Shares of the social site have rallied about 35% so far this year.

22. Delta Airlines

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The airline is among several others that struggled during the pandemic but has begun to rebound.

21. Churchill Capital Corp IV

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Shares of the special-purpose acquisition company have nearly tripled in price since going public earlier this year.

20. Palantir

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Palantir CEO Alex Karp said the surveillance company is a favorite stock pick because the company respects the intelligence of the retail-trading community.

19. GoPro

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The maker of wearable cameras has rallied 38% so far this year.

18. Zomedica

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The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company is focused on helping meet the needs of veterinarians, according to its website.

17. GameStop

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GameStop was recently added to the Russell 1000 Index, a list of the largest companies based on market capitalization, thanks to its epic rally pushed by retail investors.

16. Carnival

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The cruise line industry shuttered amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but operators like Carnival are making a comeback as the pandemic recedes.

15. Aurora Cannabis

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Aurora is another Canadia cannabis company that retail traders have flocked to amid excitement over potential legalization in the US.

14. Pfizer

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The pharmaceutical company has surged in popularity, largely thanks to the production of its COVID-19 vaccine.

13. Nokia

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Nokia has been looped into the basket of meme-stocks, like GameStop and AMC, that have gripped retail-traders attention this year.

12. Plug Power

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Plug Power, based in Latham, New York, is focused on creating hydrogen fuel cells to power vehicles.

11. American Airlines

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The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline has rallied about 35% year-to-date.

10. Amazon

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The e-commerce giant is among the biggest companies in the world with a $1.7 trillion market capitalization.

9. Microsoft

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Microsoft is among the largest companies in the world with a $2 trillion market capitalization.

8. Disney

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Shares of the media and entertainment conglomerate have dropped about 3% so far this year.

7. NIO

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The Chinese electric-vehicle maker has rallied more than 600% in the past year.

6. General Electric

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Shares of the long-time company have been on the rise this year, rallying about 25%.

5. Ford

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The legacy automaker garnered attention earlier this year when President Joe Biden floored one of its electric trucks.

4. Sundial Growers

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Sundial, among other Canadian cannabis companies, is a favorite among retail traders.

3. AMC Entertainment

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AMC Entertainment became a retail-trader favorite earlier this year, and led a rally in memes last month amid renewed interest in meme stocks.

2. Apple

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The iPhone maker is the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of more than $2 trillion.

1. Tesla

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Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has captured retail-trader attention in both his company and in the realm of cryptocurrencies.

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The CEO of Reddit darling Palantir was the highest paid chief executive of a public company last year

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Palantir, under CEO Alex Karp’s leadership, is continuing its push into life sciences after a raft of pandemic-related government deals.

Alexander Karp, the CEO of Reddit favorite Palantir, was the highest paid chief executive of a public company last year, new survey data shows.

The CEO raked in $1.1 billion in total compensation in 2020, including $798 million in options, $296 million in restricted stock, and $1.1 million in salary, according to the company’s 2020 annual proxy statement.

Data from Payscale shows the average Palantir employee makes $123,000 per year, meaning CEO Alex Karp’s total compensation in 2020 was roughly 8,943 times greater than that of his average worker.

Palantir’s co-founder and president Steven Cohen also received an epic pay package from the data mining company in 2020, receiving some $192 million, compared to $16.1 million in 2019, filings show.

In its proxy statement, Palantir said senior executive compensation is “designed to attract, retain, and motivate our leadership team in a highly competitive technology talent market while simultaneously aligning executive interests with those of our stockholders.”

Palantir is a data mining powerhouse that was founded by Peter Thiel, Nathan Gettings, Joe Lonsdale, Stephen Cohen, and Alex Karp in 2003. The company generates roughly half of its revenue from government sources and recently inked contracts with the Centers for Disease Control and US Special Operations Command. Palantir also provides services to clients like IBM, Amazon, and Airbus.

CEO Alex Karp is known for his wild hair, brightly colored wardrobe, and for his time pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy before starting Palantir. In 2021, Karp has been selling shares to lock in profits from his record compensation package. This year alone, the CEO has cashed out $309,906,961 worth of Palantir stock, according to SEC filings.

The second-highest-paid CEO in the world in 2020, DoorDash’s Tony Xu, raked in $413 million in total compensation in 2020, less than half of Karp’s earnings, according to a comprehensive survey of the 200 highest-paid chief executives at public companies conducted for The New York Times by Equilar.

In 2020, CEOs in the Equilar survey earned an incredible 274 times the pay of their median employee and CEO pay jumped 14% year-over-year in 2020 amidst the pandemic.

Just 13 female CEOs made Equilar’s list of the 200 top paid chief execs, with AMD’s Dr. Lisa Su coming in as the highest-paid woman with a total compensation package of $40 million.

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Palantir climbs 9% in volatile trading after 1st-quarter earnings report

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Palantir snapped a 10-day losing streak on Tuesday, climbing as much as 9%, after the company reported first-quarter earnings.

The data-analytics company reported revenue of $341.2 million for the quarter, exceeding Wall Street’s $332.5 million forecast.

Heading into Tuesday, Palantir shares had plunged 23% over a 10-day period amid a broader tech sell-off.

But not all investors are straying from the stock. Cathie Wood’s Ark Innovation ETF scooped up over 1 million shares of Palantir on Monday, while her Ark Next Generation Innovation ETF bought 294,177 shares, fund filings show.

Further, on the company’s Tuesday earnings call, chief financial officer David Glazar said Palantir would consider putting bitcoin on its balance sheet, and he said they accept bitcoin as payment.

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Palantir climbs 9% in volatile trading after mixed 1st-quarter earnings report

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  • Palantir snapped a 10-day losing streak after reporting mixed first-quarter earnings.
  • The company beat top-line revenue forecasts, but fell short of consensus profit estimates.
  • CFO David Glazer said Palantir accept bitcoin as payment, and has discussed adding it to the firm’s balance sheet.
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Palantir snapped a 10-day losing streak on Tuesday, climbing as much as 9%, after the company reported mixed first-quarter earnings.

The data-analytics company reported a loss of 7 cents a share, which was deeper than the consensus estimate of 3 cents. However, revenue of $341.2 million for the quarter exceeded Wall Street’s $332.5 million forecast.

Heading into Tuesday, Palantir shares had plunged 23% over a 10-day period amid a broader tech sell-off.

But not all investors are straying from the stock. Cathie Wood’s Ark Innovation ETF scooped up over 1 million shares of Palantir on Monday, while her Ark Next Generation Innovation ETF bought 294,177 shares, fund filings show.

Further, on the company’s Tuesday earnings call, chief financial officer David Glazar said Palantir would consider putting bitcoin on its balance sheet, and he said they accept bitcoin as payment.

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Palantir says it accepts bitcoin as payment and has mulled adding the cryptocurrency to its balance sheet

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  • Palantir turned in its first-quarter earnings report on Monday, showing revenues surged 49% year-over-year.
  • In the company’s conference call, CFO David Glazer revealed Palantir accepts bitcoin as payment and has considered adding the cryptocurrency to its balance sheet.
  • “The short answer is yes, we’re thinking about it…In terms of accepting Bitcoin from our customers, we do accept it,” Glazer said.
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Palantir released its first-quarter earnings report on Monday and there were a few standout comments in the company’s follow-up conference call.

Palantir’s chief financial officer and treasurer David Glazer was asked about bitcoin as a payment method and the possibility of adding cryptocurrency to the firm’s balance sheet.

Glazer said that not only has Palantir been considering adding bitcoin to its balance sheet, it also accepts the cryptocurrency as a form of payment from customers.

“Thanks for the question. The short answer is yes, we’re thinking about it and we’re even discussing this early, taking a look at our balance sheet in cash at quarter-end, including $151 million in adjusted free cash flow in Q1. So, it’s definitely on the table from a treasury perspective as well as other investments that we look across our business and beyond,” Glazer said.

“On the other side of that, in terms of accepting Bitcoin from our customers, we do accept it,” the CFO added.

Palantir turned in revenue of $341 million vs. analyst expectations for $332.2 million in the first quarter, while adjusted earnings per share hit $0.04, matching analyst estimates.

The big data company also reaffirmed that it expects annual revenue growth of +30% for the next four years.

The stock traded down 1.79%, recovering from a premarket drop, as of 9:31 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Dave Portnoy-backed Buzz ETF adds GameStop, Palantir, and Chewy in monthly rebalancing

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The Van Eck Vectors Social Sentiment ETF (BUZZ) added 21 stocks to its holdings and dropped 21 others in its monthly rebalancing on Thursday.

Big-name additions included GameStop, Palantir, Ryan Cohen’s Chewy, Rocket Companies, Nike, Visa, and Starbucks.

Top stocks dropped from the ETF included Nikola, Fastly, Etsy, Dropbox, and Twilio.

The BUZZ ETF, famously backed by Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy, tracks the performance of 75 large-cap US stocks that exhibit the most positive investor sentiment on online sources like social media, news articles, and blog posts.

The ETF’s top holdings, representing more than 15% of total net assets, include big tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Square, Nvidia, and Tesla.

“The April rebalance is one of the more active in recent months,” said Jamie Wise, the founder of Buzz Indexes. “The sentiment shifts are notable and diverse, reflective of the heightened level of investor discussion across social platforms.”

GameStop recently met eligibility requirements for the ETF by hitting a $5 billion market cap.

Read more: BTIG identifies 14 beaten-down stocks poised to dominate the market this earnings season and extend their track record of crushing expectations

Van Eck has made it clear in interviews that its ETF is not just a place for “meme stocks,” but this month’s rebalancing showed that multiple top Reddit trader favorites made the cut.

GameStop, Rocket Companies, Palantir, and Chewy have all been popular on Reddit’s Wall Street Bets platform at one time or another.

The Buzz ETF, launched on March 2, now boasts over $400 million in total net assets. However, performance has lagged behind the S&P 500: Total returns are negative 3.4% over the lifetime of the exchange-traded fund.

The social-sentiment ETF has had plenty of competition since going public. It’s one of about 100 ETFs that have made public debuts in 2021, according to data compiled by Bloomberg – the most public debuts by ETFs in over a decade.

Here’s the full list of the ETF’s April additions and departures:

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Coinbase pulled in $57 million from retail investors during its trading debut, the 5th-most-popular offering since 2017

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  • Retail investors poured $57 million into Coinbase shares during its first day of trading Wednesday.
  • Coinbase’s debut is the fifth most popular for retail investors in four years, says VandaTrack.
  • Coinbase shares were up during their second session of trade.
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Coinbase‘s trading debut drew in more than $57 million from retail investors, putting the cryptocurrency exchange among the most popular stocks to go public in the last four years, according to figures released Thursday.

Retail investors poured in $57.35 million into Coinbase on Wednesday when its direct listing on Nasdaq went live publicly, according to VandaTrack, which monitors retail investing activity in 9,000 individual stocks and ETFs in the US.

Coinbase accounted for nearly 7% of net purchases made by retail investors on Wednesday, with total purchases of US stocks and ETFs coming in at US$822 million.

Coinbase’s public debut was the fifth largest in terms of retail buying for newly listed shares since 2017, VandaTrack estimated. The largest was for Snap, with the social media company taking in $143 million in its first day of trading in March 2017. More recently, Rocket Companies, which runs personal finance and consumer service brands including Rocket Mortgage, logged $58 million from retail investors when it went public in August.

The collective profile of retail investors has been raised during the coronavirus pandemic in part as people have used stimulus money and time spent indoors during lockdowns working to make money from the stock market. A recent study by Charles Schwab released showed that 15% of all US stock markets investors began investing in 2020.

In the highly anticipated debut, Coinbase’s market value swelled to an intraday high of $112 billion, surpassing those of some of the largest companies in the US.

Coinbase shares during Thursday’s session rose, trading above $334 each. They finished Wednesday’s session at $328.28, below their open opening price of $381.

Read more: BTIG identifies 14 beaten-down stocks poised to dominate the market this earnings season and extend their track record of crushing expectations

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Billionaire investor Peter Thiel called out Apple and Google, warned about TikTok and bitcoin, and criticized China at a recent event. Here are the 17 best quotes.

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  • Peter Thiel called out Apple and Google for their links to China this week.
  • The billionaire tech investor issued warnings about bitcoin, TikTok, and AI.
  • Thiel wants to restrict US investors’ access to Chinese markets and vice versa.
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Billionaire investor Peter Thiel warned bitcoin could serve as a “Chinese financial weapon,” criticized Apple and Google for their connections to China, and suggested TikTok should be banned in the US at a virtual event held by the Richard Nixon Foundation this week.

Thiel, the vocal libertarian who co-founded PayPal and Palantir and sits on the board of Facebook Facebook board member, also expressed concerns about technology theft and artificial intelligence, and called for greater restrictions on Chinese investment in the US and vice versa.

The event was called “The Nixon Seminar on Conservative Realism and National Security,” and the topic of discussion was “Big Tech and China: What do we need from Silicon Valley?”

Here are Thiel’s 17 best quotes from the seminar, lightly edited and condensed for clarity:

1. “Shockingly little innovation happens in China. But they have been very good at copying things, stealing things.”

2. “I criticized Google a few years ago for working with Chinese universities and Chinese researchers. And since everything in China is a civilian-military fusion, Google was effectively working with the Chinese military. One of the things that I was sort of told by some of the insiders at Google was they figured they might as well give the technology out the front door, because if they didn’t give it, it would get stolen anyway.”

3. “I had a set of conversations with some of the DeepMind AI people at Google. I asked them, ‘Is your AI being used to run the concentration camps in Xinjiang?’ and they said, ‘Well, we don’t know and don’t ask any questions.’ You have this almost magical thinking that by pretending everything is fine, that’s how you engage and have a conversation, and you make the world better.”

4. “If you look at the big five tech companies, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft all have very, very little presence in China. So they aren’t a naturally pro-China constituency. Apple is probably the one that’s structurally a real problem, because the whole iPhone supply chain gets made from China.”

5. “We need to call companies like Google out for working on AI with communist China. I also think we should be putting a lot of pressure on Apple.”

6. “At Facebook, during the Hong Kong protests a year ago, the employees from Hong Kong were all in favor of the protests and free speech. But there were more employees at Facebook who were born in China than who were born in Hong Kong. And the Chinese nationals actually said that it was just Western arrogance, and they shouldn’t be taking Hong Kong’s side and things like that. The internal debate felt like people were actually more anti-Hong Kong than pro-Hong Kong.”

7. “TikTok is problematic because it has this incredible exfiltration of data about people. You are creating this incredibly privacy-invading map of a large part of the population of the Western world. It is a fairly powerful application of AI in a certain sense, as they find ways to make it especially addictive and figure out what videos to show you to keep you watching more and more. It doesn’t seem that if you shut it down, it would be an economic catastrophe.”

8. “In a totalitarian society, you have no qualms about getting data on everybody, in every way possible. That makes AI a very tricky technology, because there are a lot of ways we don’t actually want to apply it in the US or West.” – highlighting the Chinese government’s use of AI for widescale facial recognition.

9. “People often say crypto or bitcoin is a vaguely libertarian technology. If crypto is kind of libertarian, AI is kind of communist.”

10. “Even though I’m sort of a pro-crypto, pro-bitcoin maximalist person, I do wonder whether bitcoin should be partly thought of as a Chinese financial weapon against the US. It threatens fiat money, especially the US dollar, and China wants to do things to weaken the dollar. If China’s long bitcoin, perhaps the US should be asking some tougher questions about exactly how that works.”

11. “An internal stable coin in China – that’s not a real cryptocurrency. That’s just some sort of totalitarian measuring device.”

12. “Make it harder for Chinese investors to invest in the US, and perhaps we should also make it a little bit harder for American investors to invest in China. We have US investors that invest in China and become a big constituency for open capital flows. I think a decent part of the Wall Street crowd is pretty bad in this regard. I would dial it back on both sides – making it harder for US investors to invest in China is an almost equally important part of this.”

13. “China doesn’t like the US having the reserve currency, because it gives us a lot of leverage over Iranian oil supply chains and all sorts of things like that. You can think of the Euro in part as a Chinese weapon against the dollar. China would have liked to see two reserve currencies.”

14. “One of the very strange dynamics in Silicon Valley is people don’t do very much with semiconductors anymore. One of the weird problems with 20 years of intellectual property theft, and where IP doesn’t really have as much value as it used to, is that you learn not to invest in things like that.”

15. “People are too anchored to doing things that worked in the past or copying some model. Building a new search engine was the right thing for Google to do in 1999. It’s probably not the right thing to do today. It’s very hard to compete against Google by doing the exact same thing they are doing.”

16. “You can think of big tech as something that’s very natural. It’s maybe unnaturally big. It’s unhealthy. It’s too strong. But there’s something in the nature of tech to be big. Big science is actually an oxymoron. If you have some giant science factory, there’s probably not much science going on at all.” – criticizing how science has become overly institutionalized and dominated by large corporations.

17. “De-platforming President Trump was really quite extraordinary. That does feel like you really crossed some kind of Rubicon where you declare war on maybe a third, 40% of the country – that seems really crazy.”

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Palantir falls, extending slide to over 45% since hitting a record-high share price in January

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  • Palantir stock sank as much as 14% on Friday before mounting a slight recovery.
  • The fall extends the big data firm’s slide to over 45% since hitting a record high share price on Jan. 27.
  • Despite the fall, Cathie Wood’s ARK ETFs have continued to add exposure as the share price pulled back. 
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Palantir stock sank as much as 14% on Friday continuing its downward spiral since hitting record highs of $39 per share on Jan 27.

The Denver-based big data firm is now down more than 45% in a little over a month.

Palantir’s recent lockup expiration that released some 80% of the company’s shares to trade on the open market led to significant insider sales which have hurt the stock in recent weeks.

A surprise quarterly loss in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings results released in mid-February didn’t help either.

And now tech stocks are selling off amid rising Treasury yields as investors rotate out of the highly valued tech sector to more cyclical value names in financials and energy.

Despite the negative news, some institutional investors are using the fall in share prices as a buying opportunity. Two of Cathie Wood’s ARK exchange-traded funds added over 2.6 million shares of Palantir on Wednesday.

The purchase followed a February addition of some 6.8 million shares of the big data firm for Wood’s ARK Innovation ETF and ARK Next Generation Internet ETF.

Palantir also continues to ink contracts with big names like 3M and IBM.

On Friday the company signed yet another deal, this time with Amazon Web Services to provide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems “that enables rapid integration and analysis of data” for customers.

Goldman analysts argued Palantir’s recent quarterly results showed signs of “sustainable growth” and issued a “buy” rating and $34 price target for the big data firm. The analysts noted the significant backlog of deals in their report, some of which we have seen go through over the last month.

Overall though, analysts have become increasingly bearish on Palantir, often citing its stretched valuation. The company holds three “buy” ratings, three “neutral” ratings, and five “sell” ratings from analysts.

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