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Why AMC May Be Even Hotter Than You Think

It’s no secret that AMC is going vertical lately: But this and other meme stocks may be even hotter than they appear based on prices in public markets like the New York Stock Exchange. The reason is a quirk in how retail orders are handled: The prices of so-called meme stocks may be distorted because the majority of trades in […]

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Hedge Funds Burn $6 Billion In a Month Shorting AMC (and Others)

Several hedge funds that lost a fortune shorting GameStop in January have sustained further losses betting against meme stocks like AMC: Melvin Capital and Light Street Capital, two US hedge funds hard hit by the January rally in stocks popular with retail investors, suffered further losses in May. Hedge fund losses from betting against five popular meme stocks — GameStop, […]

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AMC Shorts Lose $500 Million in 1 Day

Despite losses of over $1 billion last month, short sellers remain attracted to AMC like moths to a flame: Investors shorting “meme stock” AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC.N) are estimated to have lost about $512 million on Monday after a rally that sent the cinema operator’s shares up more than 15%, data from financial analytics firm Ortex showed. They are up […]

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Hedge Fund Torched By AMC

On glamorous Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, as most people were heading home for the day, the top executives of a powerful hedge fund filed into a conference room. The fate of this multibillion dollar institution could be at stake. This is Mudrick Capital Mangement, L.P. With offices in New York City and London, it manages approximately $3.8 billion. Or […]

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AMC Share Sales: A Wise Move for the Company’s Future

March 25, 2020: COVID is sweeping the globe, causing shutdowns worldwide. One casualty: all 1,000 theaters of 100 year old AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Like many businesses, its ability to remain solvent was in serious doubt. Under these cirumstances, a lot of CEOs arrange a golden parachute for themselves and a few golf buddies in the C-suite and throw the […]

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Wendy’s: a Deliciously Different Meme Stock

Shares of Wendy’s exploded today as Reddit’s merry band of traders piled in: Beloved burger and Frosty chain Wendy’s (WEN) has won the honor of being the first fast-food stock to get roped into the red-hot meme stock trade. Shares of Wendy’s spiked 16% in early afternoon trading on Tuesday after a favorable mention by traders on Reddit. Shares closed […]

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GameStop Pays Off $216 Million in Debt

It’s no secret that GameStop shares have gone vertical, up more than ten fold this year. Besides making millionaires of a lot of Redditors, this also lets GameStop sell more shares at high prices, enabling them to raise capital with ease. And raise they did, to the tune of $550 million in April. They recently used that money to completely […]

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Can Bitcoin Protect You From Inflation?

Bitcoin is often referred to as digital gold. Unlike fiat money such as the US dollar, its supply expands at a slow, steady rate. The Federal Reserve has printed so much money during the COVID crisis that money supply is up over 25%. This has led to fears of inflation. The consumer price index (CPI) jumped by 4.2% in the […]

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Bitcoin Is Worth More than the GDP of Switzerland

Ah, Switzerland. Home of fine chocolate, discreet bankers and pharma giants. It’s one of the richest countries on earth per capita, and home to world-leading companies like Nestle and Novartis. But this entire nation of nearly 9 million people with a history going back to the year 1300 has a GDP smaller than the total value of bitcoin, which has […]

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Palantir’s $100 Million Loss

Palantir released its earnings for the first quarter of 2021 today, and it’s not looking good. This 18 year old company that has never made a profit turned in a net loss of $123 million, versus $54 million in the first quarter of 2020. This is actually a little better than the full year results in 2020, where losses reached […]

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Palantir CEO Paid $1 Billion to Lose Money

Palantir CEO Alex Karp earned compensation worth about $1.1 billion in 2020, primarily through equity awards granted shortly before his software company went public. More here. This company is losing $100 million a month and has never turned a profit in 18 years of existence. I know, I know, Amazon. But Amazon and Google turned a profit in 3-7 years. […]

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Bitcoin Is Now Bigger Than Facebook

As you cruise down the tree-lined road, the first thing you see is a giant thumbs up. You pull into the winding driveway and an endless panorama of multicolor buildings appears. This is the headquarters of the one of the most powerful companies on earth: Facebook, Inc. 1.8 billion people use Facebook every day, and its profits last year totaled […]

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Departing GameStop CEO Gets $179 Million Payout

GameStop CEO George Sherman will be leaving the company soon, but not empty handed: As a condition of his exit, GameStop is speeding up the time frame for Sherman to receive the shares, generating the award. Sherman, who has been CEO since April 2019, forfeited $98 million worth of stock this month because he did not meet performance targets, GameStop […]