Robinhood restricts Reddit-driven GameStop, AMC, Nokia stocks, cites ‘market volatility’

Robinhood says it has raised margin requirements for certain securities

This Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 photo shows the logo for the Robinhood app on a smartphone in New York. Robinhood Financial agreed to pay $65 million to settle government charges that it failed to disclose the full details of its dealings with high-speed traders and didn't get the best prices for customers trading on its app, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison) (Patrick Sison, AP)

The popular stock investment app Robinhood has stopped supporting the purchase of new shares on a handful of stocks supported by the recent Reddit fueled frenzy.

Friday morning update: Robinhood lifts some restrictions on buying Reddit-driven GameStop, AMC stocks

Robinhood messages posted to various company pages like GameStop, AMC and Nokia, inform users that the stock is not supported on Robinhood, or not available for purchase. Some are allowed to sell.

Robinhood has not issued any guidance on the halt and it’s unclear how long it will last. The halt was first noticed around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

More: EXPLAINER: Why GameStop’s stock surge is shaking Wall Street

UPDATE: Robinhood released a statement as markets opened:

Our mission at Robinhood is to democratize finance for all. We’re proud to have created a platform that has helped everyday people, from all backgrounds, shape their financial futures and invest for the long term.

We continuously monitor the markets and make changes where necessary. In light of recent volatility, we are restricting transactions for certain securities to position closing only, including $AMC, $BB, $BBBY, $EXPR, $GME, $KOSS, $NAKD and $NOK. We also raised margin requirements for certain securities.

We’re committed to helping our customers navigate this uncertainty. We fundamentally believe that everyone should have access to financial markets. We’re humbled to have helped many people invest in the markets for the first time. And we’re determined to provide new and experienced investors with the tools and resources to help them invest responsibly for their long-term financial futures.

A Reddit group known as WallStreetBets has rallied its members behind several stocks, most notably GameStop, which has increased by nearly 1,000% in the last week.

AMC has increased by 400% in the last week. Since the halt, stocks impacted have dropped in value.

Related: Robinhood sends market volatility warning to brokerage app users

'This is dangerous': Expert weighs in on Reddit revolt making shockwaves on Wall Street

About the Author:

Ken Haddad is the digital content manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter.