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Online brokerage app Robinhood files confidential IPO: reports

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Robinhood, popular among retail investors, allows free stock trades even for small amounts

Online brokerage platform Robinhood, which has popularized free stock trades and drawn scrutiny from regulators, has filed confidentially for an initial public offering, media reports said Tuesday.

Axios and Bloomberg News cited people familiar with the matter, noting that Robinhood had taken advantage of a regulation allowing for the IPO filing without immediate disclosure of its finances.

Robinhood, which has sought to bring stock trades to a broader audience, has been at the center of a controversy after it was used to pump up the prices of beaten-down stocks like GameStop, which has seen extreme volatility in its share price.

Its co-founder and chief executive Vlad Tenev was among executives called to testify at a recent congressional hearing on retail investing.

Tenev denied that the trading app was part of any effort to manipulate stock prices.

"All I can say is Robinhood played it by the books," he told lawmakers.

Details of the IPO were not immediately known but Bloomberg said the listing would be on the Nasdaq exchange.

Some reports said Robinhood's market valuation could be as high as $40 billion.

The app popular among retail investors has a stated goal to "democratize finance for all," allowing free stock trades even for small amounts.