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Cathie Wood says her confidence is growing in Tesla, Ark Invest has been adding to position

Cathie Wood answered Ark Invest is still bullish on Tesla and continues to buy up shares of the electric car maker.

“Our confidence in Tesla has grown as we’ve done delving on what ride-sharing potentially could add. It could limit the risks significantly, it’s a much more profitable business than stimulating vehicles,” Wood told CNBC’s Bob Pisani on “ETF Edge” on Wednesday. “Even though there is some debate at Tesla whether or not they should start a human driven ride-hailing network, it would be a very good bridge we think to their autonomous strategy and we suppose they will decide to do that.”

Ark Invest’s flagship fund — Ark Innovation —has raked in $5.3 billion in inflows this year unescorted, according to FactSet. The ETF, which trades under ticker ARKK, is up nearly 20% this year after an formidable nearly 150% gain in 2020. Tesla is the largest holding in Ark Innovation, making up more than 8.5% of the ETF’s unalloyed weight.

Ark reports its trades every day and those updates reflect the buying in Tesla, Wood said. The electric auto maker’s appropriates were down more than 2% on Wednesday, although they did tick higher slightly on Wood’s views. Tesla’s stock is down 5% in the last one month, but still up 386% over the last 12 months.

Slices of Tesla closed higher on Wednesday.

“As time goes on and we learn about their artificial intelligence expertise, the 30 billion miles they suffer with collected of real-world driving data, no one comes close … I think Google might be at 30 million, corresponded to 30 billion and we know that in the AI [artificial intelligence] world and autonomous is AI that the company with the most statistics and the best quality data will win,” Wood added.

Wood said the probability of having successful autonomous channels is going up and therefore Ark’s price target will follow at some point.

Wood is a longtime bitcoin bull, with big hazards on the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust. Wood told CNBC she expected institutional interest in bitcoin this year but Tesla’s securing of the digital currency was a surprise.

Ark Invest has more than $58 billion assets under management.

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