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Clash Between Short-sellers as Reddit WallStreetBets Pump GameStop (GME) Stock to New ATH

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by Steve Muchoki · 3 min read
Clash Between Short-sellers as Reddit WallStreetBets Pump GameStop (GME) Stock to New ATH
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GameStop shares have managed to scoop 470%, 265%, and 116.31% in the past three months, one month, and five days respectively.

GameStop Corp Cl A (NYSE: GME) stock has been the talk of the market for the past few days, particularly for the astronomical price rally. The continued difference between short-sellers and social media-based investors, WallStreetBets from Reddit, has fueled the rally that saw GameStop stocks attain a new all-time high.

GameStop stocks closed yesterday trading at $76.79, up 18.12%. However, the volatility during the day was at its highest as the GameStop shares traded around $160 before retracing to the day’s close. At the time of writing, GameStop stock was up approximately 18% during Tuesday’s pre-market to trade around $90.78.

GameStop (GME) Stock Performance

The continued gains have dazzled most Wall Street analysts who claim they have not experienced such volatility in a long time.

“I’ve been on Wall Street for over 20 years, and I cannot think of anything that I’ve seen that is nearly as insane as what’s going on with GameStop right now,” said Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba. He however called it gambling and not traditional investing.

As a result of the continued rally, GameStop stocks are up approximately 1,694.16% in the past year. Notably, such gains are hardly experienced in the traditional stock market but mostly observed with the crypto market that is prone to speculative trading.

Collective retail investors seem to be having much power in the GameStop stocks in comparison to shots from institutional analysts. A difference that is becoming popular with the millennial generation who are interested in the stock market investments, besides the crypto market.

Notably, GameStop stock is up approximately 307% year-to-date, despite being a few weeks old. Besides, GameStop shares have managed to scoop 470%, 265%, and 116.31% in the past three months, one month, and five days respectively.

As a result of the astronomical gains, GameStop’s market capitalization has surged in the past few weeks and currently stands at $4.53 billion at the time of reporting. GameStop has 69.75 million outstanding shares, which are being scrambled for by both short-sellers and buyers. Interestingly, approximately 138.40% of the outstanding shares have been shorted in the last few days.

The sudden rally has advised most analysts to short the GameStop stock to no avail. Notably, at least 8 ratings have rated GameStop stocks an average of Under rating.

“The GME rally is unlikely to last forever, and investors looking for a sign we are closer to the end could look at the 6-week streak of call volume outpacing put volume finally being broken,” wrote Susquehanna co-head of derivatives strategy Chris Murphy in a note Monday.

However, the retail buyers seem to be motivated to fuel the GameStop stocks rally further after yesterday’s retracement.

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Steve Muchoki

A financial analyst who sees positive income in both directions of the market (bulls & bears). Bitcoin is my crypto safe haven, free from government conspiracies. Mythology is my mystery! "You cannot enslave a mind that knows itself. That values itself. That understands itself."

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