The stock prices of GameStop and AMC temporarily spiked last week, providing some life into an otherwise sluggish market – and analysts think there are reasons for the meme stocks’ unexpected return.
As automatic “stop-loss” orders kicked in, trading volumes for both companies, the darlings of the Reddit community, skyrocketed. This boosted both stock prices to their highest levels since June on Tuesday, with GameStop’s stock rising 37 percent to $225 and AMC’s stock rising 26 percent to $47.
Because both firms are short-squeeze prospects, greater amounts of purchasing are generally seen when their prices break above recent trading highs. That’s because, according to market expert Danielle Shay, when traders or funds short a stock, their stop-loss orders are generally designed to trigger once that level is crossed.
“They know they’re incorrect if the stock approaches recent highs. And they have to purchase to cover in order to exit the position, resulting in volume purchasing “Insider spoke with Shay, the director of options at Simpler Trading.
When a stock achieves a new high, individual traders like those on Reddit’s Wall Street Bets pay notes. According to Shay, the combination of short-covering and retail momentum creates upward purchasing pressure.
There’s another consideration for GameStop. The online game retailer’s stock has a history of rising before reporting profits, and its second-quarter report is scheduled on September 8.
Another explanation for AMC and GameStop’s recent gains is that retail purchases were ready to be made again. According to Jake Wujastyk, chief market analyst at TrendSpider, both stocks climbed simply because the technical setup was in place for a run higher.
He told Insider, “On both names, there is a significant volume shelf visible, which established a basis for price to ‘launch’ off of.”
Prices have nothing to do with underlying worth
Brian Barnes, CEO, and creator of M1 Finance used a message from Warren Buffett’s 2008 shareholder letter to further clarify what happened: “What you pay is what you get. What you get is what you pay for.”
“We’ve shown that pricing can be anything in the short-term with things like meme stocks, NFTs, and even lumber,” he added. “Short-term pricing is influenced by short-term supply and demand, which may or may not reflect underlying value.”
One motivating element for these stocks appears to be the high demand for meme stocks with a relatively fixed supply. Furthermore, “meme” enthusiasm has become part of a culture that encourages a big number of people to buy a stock only to influence the price, “stick it to the man,” or simply for fun, according to Barnes.
On Tuesday, GameStop’s stock increased by nearly $45 per share. Short interest in this stock was at 7.5 million shares, implying that short-sellers lost nearly $340 million on Tuesday.
However, the total losses were spread out among a broad and diverse population. Despite the huge losses, the US stock market is worth about $50 trillion. As a result, this is a little, albeit amusing, part of the total industry, according to Barnes.
There are no basics in the meme stocks
Other stocks such as BlackBerry and Clover Health were among the most promoted on Reddit this week, while AMC and GameStop have been popular names among the meme community. The meme-stock pump has been comparable to the crypto market, where all digital assets tend to move in the same direction and are influenced by the same reason.
Derek Horstmeyer, a finance professor at George Mason University’s School of Business, remarked, “AMC and GME have been highly resilient meme stocks.” “Since becoming meme stocks, they’ve become more correlated, meaning that when one rises, the other rises with it. All of these actions are based on emotion rather than foundations.”
Investing substantially in highly shorted bets, however, has its drawbacks. Anyone thinking about investing in meme stocks should be aware that huge sums of money have been lost due to speculation, according to Robert Johnson, a finance professor at Heider College of Business.