Notorious GME: GameStop on Track for 200% Gain this Week

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GameStop shares are finishing the week soaring again, being up 11% at $120 in midday trading, seemingly mimicking last month’s trading frenzy that led to Congressional hearings.

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The shares were on track for a 200% gain for the week, MarketWatch reports. But while 200% is staggering, it’s a far cry from the record 400% weekly gain for the week ending Jan. 29.

The spike can be attributed to various factors, including Reddit users who are hyping the stock once again and the resignation of the company’s chief financial officer announced earlier this week.

Bank of America Securities analyst Curtis Nagle said in a note today that there appeared to be a “very tight correlation between the number of conversations on Reddit related to GME and trading on platforms such as Robinhood as well as overall share volumes,” according to MarketWatch. “The most recent data suggest that retail investors seemingly are again driving GME shares,” Nagle said. “However, one distinction from the spike roughly a month ago is it appears that short covering is much less of a factor.”

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Last month, retail traders on the subreddit group WallStreetBets, who were intent on taking down hedge-fund short sellers by buying shares of stocks that didn’t seem to have much of a chance of success, sent stocks, including GameStop, soaring (and then crashing).

The market volatility has brought the attention of regulators, and last week, Robinhood CEO Vladimir Tenev testified before Congress to address the market frenzy that ensued when the app halted trading of certain stocks, including GameStop, that are popular on the Reddit subthread.

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Earlier this week, the company said its CFO, Jim Bell, will step down on March 26, 2021.

“The company thanks Mr. Bell for his significant contributions and leadership, including his efforts over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic,” GameStop said in a statement.

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.
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