- Virgin Galactic shares surged as much as 16% in premarket trading on Tuesday.
- The space-tourism group may be added to Ark Investment Management’s planned Space Exploration ETF.
- The fund manages a total of $42 billion in ETF products, Bloomberg estimates.
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Investors in the commercial-spaceflight company – which counts billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson as its cofounder and billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya as its chairman – are betting it will be included in Ark Investment Management’s ARK Space Exploration ETF.
Ark, led by founder and investment chief Cathie Wood, already runs seven ETFs focused on areas such as genomics, 3D printing, robotics, and financial technology. Its flagship Ark Innovation ETF counts Tesla as its largest holding.
Thanks to a massive influx of investor capital in recent months, Ark now oversees about $42 billion in ETF products – a sharp increase from less than $4 billion a year ago, according to Bloomberg’s estimates.
Wood and her team plan to actively manage their space ETF. They intend to invest in domestic and foreign companies engaged in space exploration and innovation, and hold between 40 and 55 stocks.
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