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The $300 billion meme stock that makes GameStop look like child’s play

The Reddit emblem is seen on a smartphone in entrance of a displayed Wall Street Bets emblem on this illustration taken January 28, 2021.

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Think the meme stock mania is so 2021? Just take a look at AMTD Digital.

The little-known Hong Kong-based fintech company noticed its shares skyrocket 126% on Tuesday alone after experiencing a sequence of buying and selling halts. AMTD Digital, a subsidiary of funding holding company AMTD Idea Group, went public in mid-July with its American depositary receipts buying and selling on the NYSE. Two weeks later, the stock is up 21,400% to $1,679 apiece from its IPO worth of $7.80.

The monstrous transfer pushed its market cap above $310 billion as of Tuesday, making it larger than Coca-Cola and Bank of America, in keeping with FactSet. AMTD Digital generates income primarily from charges and commissions from its digital monetary companies business, and it solely made $25 million in income in 2021, in keeping with a regulatory submitting.

The wild buying and selling is harking back to the GameStop mania of 2021 the place a band of Reddit-obsessed retail traders managed to push up shares of the online game retailer and squeeze out brief promoting hedge funds. Indeed, the ticker HKD turned the preferred point out on Reddit’s WallStreetBets chat room Tuesday, in keeping with various information supplier Quiver Quantitative.

AMTD Idea Group’s ADR was additionally the single-most actively traded stock on the Fidelity platform Tuesday. The stock has popped practically 300% this week.

The intense speculative habits amongst retail traders is unnerving many on Wall Street but once more.

“As we’ve learned over the past two years, events like this cause what I would say is opportunities for profit but great risk for loss particularly for our retail investors,” Jay Clayton, former SEC chairman, stated Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Famed brief vendor Jim Chanos took it to Twitter and expressed frustration in regards to the mania.

“So we’re all just going to ignore the $400B meme stock in the room?” Chanos stated in a tweet. “We literally had Congressional hearings over the $30B runs of $GME and $AMC, but just [crickets] today.

The crazy moves, based on no material news, also shocked the company itself. AMTD Digital issued a “thanks word” to investors Tuesday, adding it’s monitoring the market closely for any trading abnormalities. 

“To our information, there aren’t any materials circumstances, occasions nor different issues regarding our Company’s business and working actions because the IPO date,” AMTD Digital stated within the assertion.

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