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Robinhood shares rally more than 9% Friday after falling 14% in earlier trading

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Robinhood clawed back its major losses and gained on Friday as investors looked past disappointing guidance from the company and rallied around progress on new product developments.

Shares of the stock-trading app climbed 9.7% after plunging 14% to $9.94, their low for the day.

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Robinhood’s first-quarter revenue guidance and its data on monthly active users were the weak spots in its earnings report released Thursday after the bell.

The newly public brokerage anticipates first-quarter revenue of less than $340 million, off 35% from the year-earlier period. Wall Street’s consensus estimate was for $448.2 million in revenue, according to FactSet. Plus, monthly active users fell to 17.3 million in the fourth quarter from 18.9 million in the previous period. That number was below Street estimates of 19.8 million, according to FactSet.

The major Wall Street firms kept their respective ratings on Robinhood following the results. However, several firms including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Piper Sandler, lowered their 12-month price targets slightly. Barclays and Deutsche Bank also lowered their targets for the stock.

Most analysts were disappointed with the first-quarter guidance but were hopeful about the launch of fully paid securities lending, the crypto wallet and a top-line boost for monetary tightening.

“Robinhood has been on a tough road recently but we still see plenty to be excited about,” said Devin Ryan, analyst at JMP Securities. “We do think that investors buying the stock today must believe that Robinhood can diversify its business further beyond just a trading offering, but our confidence around that is actually higher heading out of results.”

Shares of Robinhood are trading around $12 per share on Friday, well below its IPO price of $38 from July.

— with reporting from CNBC’s Michael Bloom.

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