Mark Cuban of "Shark Tank" told CNBC on Tuesday that he recently invested in Virtu Financial.
Billionaire investor Mark Cuban of "Shark Tank" fame told CNBC on Tuesday that he recently invested in high-frequency trading firm Virtu Financial.
Shares of Virtu popped 1.5% soon after Cuban's remarks on CNBC.
Cuban said he invested in the high-speed trader during last week's market turmoil.
"There was blood in the street with the VIX, and everybody got leveled shorting the VIX," Cuban told CNBC. "So what did I do, I bought puts on the VIX. Not huge positions, but enough to be interesting. I also bought some VIRT, Virtu, because they do HFT, high-frequency trading. And they make money off of volatility."
Markets have seen a return of volatility after more than a year in the doldrums, and that has been a blessing for Virtu.
The company's stock is up more than 40% since the beginning of last week. Take a look at the chart: