Wed, April 03, 2024 at 09:59

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    Kang-hoon

    • Good day, Annie.

    • I've got some interesting news about Robinhood, the trading platform.

    • KBW, a brokerage firm, has initiated coverage of Robinhood with a market perform rating and a $20 price target.

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  • Annie

    • Oh, really?😮 That's quite a development!

    • So, what caused this sudden interest in Robinhood?

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    Kang-hoon

    • Well, it seems that Robinhood's share price rose sharply as retail engagement accelerated.

    • In fact, retail engagement ramped up significantly in the first quarter, driving the share price up by 150% in just four months.

  • Annie

    • Wow!

    • That's quite an increase.😲 But will this trend continue?

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    Kang-hoon

    • That's the big question, isn't it?

    • According to the report by KBW, if there is continued strength in retail stocks and cryptocurrency prices, the acceleration in retail engagement could continue and may even increase.

  • Annie

    • I see...

    • But isn't there a risk that the stock price has already captured all the potential gains?

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    Kang-hoon

    • Yes, you're right.

    • The report also mentions that the stock price has already adequately captured the baseline upside from new product launches and has started to price in a higher level of normalized retail trading activity.

  • Annie

    • Hmm...🤔 So what's the future outlook for Robinhood then?

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    Kang-hoon

    • The report suggests that retail activity is expected to moderate from the levels seen in the first quarter and gradually decline into 2025.

    • However, it also notes that the U.S. self-directed brokerage industry is one of the quickest growing sectors of the broader U.S. wealth market, and Robinhood is positioned as a small but quickly growing player in this industry.

  • Annie

    • Interesting!

    • So, there's still potential for growth?😊

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    Kang-hoon

    • Indeed, there is.

    • Despite Robinhood only having about 1% share of U.S. self-directed assets, it has around 20% share of estimated total U.S. self-direct brokerage accounts.

    • This suggests that there is room for Robinhood to outpace the overall asset growth in the self-directed industry as its core client cohort matures.

  • Annie

    • That's good to know!

    • So, would you say this news is a good thing or a bad thing?

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    Kang-hoon

    • In my opinion, this news can be seen as a negative sign.

    • The fact that the stock price has already captured all potential gains and the expectation of declining retail activity into 2025 are concerning.

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    • However, it's important to remember that market dynamics can change rapidly, and Robinhood's position in a growing industry does offer some potential upside.

    • Upon comprehensive consideration, this news is perceived as a 😱Bearish.