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Why Cathie Wood's 3 Stock Favorites Got a Big Boost From the Market Tuesday

By Dan Caplinger - Mar 9, 2021 at 4:36PM

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The active ETF manager got a big break from Wall Street.

The stock market soared on Tuesday, making back lost ground from what's been a tough couple of weeks for many investors, especially those focusing on the high-growth stocks in the Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC -0.30%). The Nasdaq managed to outpace both the S&P 500 (^GSPC 0.01%) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI 0.03%), but all three finished higher, and the Dow set a new intraday record high before falling back from its best levels of the session.

Index

Percentage Change

Point Change

Dow

+0.10%

+30

S&P 500

+1.42%

+54

Nasdaq Composite

+3.69%

+465

Data source: Yahoo! Finance.

One of the investors who's gotten hit hardest by the falling Nasdaq is Cathie Wood, the founder and chief investment officer of popular fund company ARK Invest. Wood's stock picks had been red-hot until the recent market correction. Today, though, her three favorite stocks were back in favor and saw huge gains.

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Squaring up

Square (SQ -4.25%) is Wood's largest holding in her ARK Fintech Innovation ETF (ARKF -1.58%). Square had been down more than 25% from its recent highs just last month, but the stock picked up ground with an 12% rise on Tuesday.

The case for Square's core electronic payments network is sound and easy to understand. The company has worked hard to bring key financial services to businesses of all sizes. Wood also likes how Square has embraced cryptocurrencies rather than shying away from their potential application as disruptors to traditional payment systems.

Strategic moves like Square's recent purchase of Tidal, however, take a little more explanation. Square CEO Jack Dorsey believes there's growth potential in creating an ecosystem that resonates with the artist community. It's unclear how that'll play out, but it shows the company's willingness to take risks in surprising directions.

Looking healthier

Meanwhile, in the ARK Genomic Revolution ETF (ARKG 0.49%), you'll find Teladoc Health (TDOC -0.52%) as the biggest holding. Teladoc had taken an even bigger hit, falling about 40% from its highs last month. But Tuesday brought relief in the form of a 9% gain to make back some of those losses.

Investors have been increasingly wary about stocks that benefited from the stay-at-home mandates of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teladoc went from being a convenience to a necessity during the pandemic, and patients got their first look at what remote medicine might actually look like. Some fear that when the coronavirus crisis is under control, people will simply go back to the old way of doing things and hurt Teladoc's growth.

That's certainly possible, but the counterargument is that having seen how good remote health services can be, patients might choose to keep using them even when they don't absolutely have to. That makes a share price that's well off its highs look much more attractive, offering a margin of safety for the bull case for Teladoc.

Revving its engines

Finally, Tesla (TSLA -6.42%) is by far Wood's favorite stock, as it's the top holding in three different ARK Invest funds. ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW -2.16%), ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF (ARKQ -2.40%), and the landmark ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK -1.44%) all have Tesla prominently featured, with as much as 10% of fund assets in the electric automaker's stock. Tesla shares had been down roughly 35% at their worst levels, but a nearly 20% rise on Tuesday added a full $110 back to the stock price.

One source of optimism about Tesla came from Wall Street analysts. Wedbush issued a new price target of $950 per share, which represented a nearly 70% rise from Monday's closing price of $563. Analyst company New Street upgraded the stock to buy from neutral, setting a $900 price target. Both see good things for the automaker in the next few years, including higher deliveries and opportunities in big markets like China.

Tesla promises to remain volatile for the foreseeable future. Yet Wood sees Tesla at the forefront of key technological advances in autonomous driving and energy storage, and that could keep interest in the automaker's stock high for a long time.

Getting back on track

Obviously, one day doesn't say anything about the long-term direction of any investment, and today's gains didn't claw back all the losses that these three stocks have suffered in recent weeks. Nevertheless, Tuesday's bounce does show that investors still have confidence in the companies that made it into Wood's portfolio, and many fully expect further increases in share prices for Square, Teladoc, and Tesla far into the future.

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Stocks Mentioned

Tesla, Inc. Stock Quote
Tesla, Inc.
TSLA
$663.90 (-6.42%) $-45.52
Dow Jones Industrial Average (Price Return) Stock Quote
Dow Jones Industrial Average (Price Return)
^DJI
$31,261.90 (0.03%) $8.77
S&P 500 Index - Price Return (USD) Stock Quote
S&P 500 Index - Price Return (USD)
^GSPC
$3,901.36 (0.01%) $0.57
NASDAQ Composite Index (Price Return) Stock Quote
NASDAQ Composite Index (Price Return)
^IXIC
$11,354.62 (-0.30%) $-33.88
Teladoc Health, Inc. Stock Quote
Teladoc Health, Inc.
TDOC
$32.74 (-0.52%) $0.17
Block, Inc. Stock Quote
Block, Inc.
SQ
$83.44 (-4.25%) $-3.70
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Innovation ETF Stock Quote
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Innovation ETF
ARKK
$42.41 (-1.44%) $0.62
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Next Generation Internet ETF Stock Quote
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Next Generation Internet ETF
ARKW
$54.38 (-2.16%) $-1.20
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Genomic Revolution ETF Stock Quote
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Genomic Revolution ETF
ARKG
$32.60 (0.49%) $0.16
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Fintech Innovation ETF Stock Quote
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Fintech Innovation ETF
ARKF
$18.09 (-1.58%) $0.29
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF Stock Quote
ARK ETF Trust - ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF
ARKQ
$52.08 (-2.40%) $-1.28

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