Cathie Wood is backing up the truck on these 3 growth stocks

Wood’s top picks have delivered enormous returns for Ark investors

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As Cathie Wood says, Ark Invest is “all about finding the next big thing.” And she has found several already.

Wood’s top picks like Tesla and Shopify have delivered enormous returns for Ark investors. In the past five years, Ark’s flagship fund — Ark Innovation ETF — has returned a whopping 440 per cent, substantially outperforming the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq.

And while the famed investor may have sold some shares of growth stocks like Tesla during the current bull run, she’s still putting more money in new ones.

Here’s a quick look at three Ark Invest holdings that could be worth pouncing on with some of your extra cash .

Teladoc Health (TDOC)

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Teladoc Health is one of the leading telemedicine companies in the U.S. It has a consistent track record of revenue growth and margin improvement.


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Unsurprisingly, the company benefited from the extraordinary environment brought on by COVID-19. When most forms of non-life-threatening, in-office medical care were put on hold during the peak of the pandemic, telehealth adoption exploded.

Teladoc’s revenue increased 98 per cent in 2020 to $1.09 billion, with total visits surging 156 per cent.

For 2021, management is projecting a top-line of between $2.015 billion and $2.025 billion.

Teladoc is currently the second-largest holding at Ark Innovation ETF, accounting for 6.4 per cent of the fund’s weight.

Zoom Video Communications (ZM)

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One of investors’ favourite stay-at-home stocks, Zoom has gone on a rollercoaster ride.


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Shares of the video communications company were trading in the $60s at the beginning of 2020. They skyrocketed to over $560 apiece by October 2020, but have since given up more than half of the gains.

Wood was not afraid to buy the dip. Earlier this month, Ark Invest bought over 225,000 shares of Zoom. Wood’s flagship ETF now owns 3.82 million shares of the company, with a portfolio weighting of 4.95 per cent.

In the most recent fiscal quarter, total revenue rose 35 per cent year-over-year to $1.05 billion. It also brought in $338.4 million in adjusted net income and $374.8 million in free cash flow.

Even after this year’s pullback, Zoom trades at well over $200 per share. But you can still get a piece of the company using a popular app that allows you to buy fractions of shares with as much money as you’re willing to spend.


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Roku (ROKU)

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The secular trend of on-demand video streaming has created several winners in the tech space. Over the past five years, Roku’s stock has increased in value by more than 700 per cent.

The platform provides access to streaming services such as Youtube, Netflix and Disney+. Roku also offers its own ad-supported channels featuring licensed third-party content.

The company added 1.3 million active accounts in Q3. Total revenue rose 51 per cent year-over-year to $680 million.

Naturally, there are larger ways to play these massive streaming tailwinds. Netflix just added 4.4 million new subscribers in Q3, while the worldwide subscriber count at Disney+ stands at a whopping 118.1 million.


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But Wood is clearly most bullish on Roku — unlike Disney, it’s a “pure” way to play the trend — with the shares representing 5.1 per cent of ARKK’s weight.

Big potential without the whiplash

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The fund’s focus on disruptive innovation has served Wood well, but the most exciting tickers can also be the most volatile.

Remember, stocks aren’t the only asset class that has shot through the roof over the years.

If you want to invest in something more stable that still has high return potential, consider this overlooked option: fine art .

Contemporary artwork has outperformed the S&P 500 by a commanding 174 per cent over the past 25 years, according to the Citi Global Art Market chart.

Investing in art by the likes of Banksy and Andy Warhol used to be an option only for the ultra-rich, like Wood. But with a new investing platform, you can invest in iconic artworks , too, just like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates do.

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