The New Paper

January 27, 2021

GameStop short squeeze continues

Shares in video game retailer GameStop increased by 93% yesterday, extending a historic run driven in part by retail investors betting against short positions taken by institutional investors. The so-called “short-squeeze” (initially popularized in the Reddit forum “r/WallStreetBets”) has caused the company’s share price to increase by nearly 300% since last Wednesday, despite no material changes to the underlying business over the same period.

More context: Here’s an explainer on short squeezes.
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