NEW YORK—Star stock picker Cathie Wood of Ark Invest remained bullish on top holding Tesla Inc on Tuesday despite growing fears of a U.S. recession and shutdowns of the car maker’s Shanghai factory due to spiking coronavirus cases.
“What we said during COVID about innovation solving problems will move into overdrive,” she told a webinar, with Tesla poised to “deliver truly exponential growth for many, many years” as it expands its autonomous driving programs.
Wood’s bullish stance on technology comes as yields of two-year Treasuries have moved above those of 10-year Treasuries in recent weeks, which is often considered a precursor to a recession.
Wood, whose ARK Innovation ETF was the top-performing U.S. equity fund in 2020, said that she expects “truly disruptive innovation” will come back into favor as investors turn to technology to solve economic problems.
Tesla is down 6 percent for the year to date, while Wood’s second-largest position, Teladoc Health Inc, is down nearly 26 percent over the same time.
Overall, ARK Innovation is down 36.7 percent for the year to date, a performance that puts it in the worst percentile among the 615 U.S. Mid-Cap Growth funds tracked by Morningstar. Shares of the fund rose 0.5 percent in afternoon trading Tuesday.
Investors have pulled approximately a net $791 billion out of the fund over the last three weeks, according to Lipper data.
That three-week losing streak was its longest since November.
By David Randall