GameStop soars almost 70%, buying and selling briefly halted amid epic brief squeeze

Wall Street’s most hated stock, GameStop, rose again on Friday as the massive short squeeze fueled its explosive rally.

Video game stock rose 69.4% on Friday to a high of $ 72.88, bringing its gains over 100% this week alone. Trading in shares was temporarily stopped due to the high volatility. The stock recently rose 35% to around $ 58.

GameStop has sold more than 138% of its float stocks as short sales, according to FactSet. This is the most abbreviated name on the US exchange, according to FactSet.

The stock initially rose last week after the company announced that Chewy’s co-founder and former CEO Ryan Cohen was joining its board of directors. The news sparked massive short coverage, with hedge funds and other players rushing in to cover their bets against the stock.

In the meantime, private investors also accumulated, which further fueled the rally. Since early afternoon trading, more than 92 million GameStop shares have changed hands, quadrupling the 30-day trading volume from an average of 23.8 million.

Short seller Citron Research was vocal about the stock, saying buyers at these elevated levels are “the fools of this game of poker,” according to a Tuesday tweet. Citron said GameStop will “quickly” fall back to $ 20 a share.

On Friday, Citron said GameStop would no longer be commented on due to attacks by the “angry mob” who own the stock.

The stock rose more than 250% in 2021 after rallying 209% last year.

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