A picture of the AMC theater amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, January 27, 2021.
Carlo Allegri | Reuters
AMC Entertainment stock It surged double digits in futures trading Friday as Reddit traders continued to accumulate speculative names this week.
Shares were up 17% in early trading after 35% ahead of the previous session. The stock has risen nearly 120% last week. Make a big increase in 2021 to 1,150%
AMC was the most active stock on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. With nearly 700 million shares changed, the 30-day average trading volume exceeded 100 million shares, according to FactSet.
“Retailers are facing each other again,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA. “The AMC500k and AMCSqueeze trended on Twitter yesterday and that momentum has pushed the stock prices above their January highs. which we saw during the peak of the stock mania.”
The cinema chain has replaced GameStop as the most popular stock on the forums. The infamous WallStreetBet Reddit follows Bank of America’s analysis of the stocks mentioned on the platform.
Enthusiastic Reddit traders support each other in increasing AMC stocks and call options by sharing screenshots of their portfolios and making huge returns. One popular post on WSB Friday reads: “$AMC YOLO UPDATE : 4948 shares, 10 calls, in 4 brokers and I’m not selling yet!”
GameStop, the star of the show amid the January retail frenzy, was up a relatively mild 40 percent this week.
AMC’s surge this week caused $1.3 billion in losses for short sellers, according to data from S3 Partners.
The short reporting could fuel AMC’s massive rally this week, when heavily shorted stocks jumped sharply. Short sellers are forced to buy the borrowed shares to close the sell position and cut losses. Forced buying is likely to accelerate the rally even further.
AMC is a very short name, with around 20% floating stocks sold short, compared to the 5% average short interest on US stocks, according to S3 Partners.
As businesses begin to recover amid the economic recovery, AMC continues to face many obstacles. This includes theater capacity and competition from streaming services.
The company, which has about $5 billion in debt and $450 million in deferred rent payments, has seen a sharp drop in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rich Greenfield, co-founder of LightShed Partners, said: “What really matters is In the long run, this company won’t make any more money,” CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Friday said. “They will never make cash with their current capital structure. Traded at 7x EBITDA before the pandemic It’s trading at 25x EIBITA right now and it’s in a worse position today with a changing industry. This defies all logic.”
— Sarah Whitten of CNBC contributed to this article.
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