The stock rose to an intraday high of $170 per share as of 9:35 a.m. ET, after closing 104% higher at $91.71 on Wednesday. Among other Reddit stocks, AMC Entertainment rose 18%, Express Inc climbed 21%, and Koss gained 78%.
GameStop’s spike was spurred by a spike in final hour of regular market hours on Wednesday, after a session that saw trading in the stock halt multiple times due to volatility. The video-game retailer came back into focus after it announced the resignation of its chief financial officer, Jim Bell.
Sources told Insider Bell didn’t actually resign voluntarily, but was forced out by the board as part of a push by activist investor Ryan Cohen. The board aims to make way for an executive that is more in line with Cohen’s strategic vision.
Cohen’s addition to the board in early January, along with his boosted investment stake in the company, fueled the first flurry of moves in GameStop.
After GameStop’s stock doubled, Reddit’s website suffered an hour-long outage in after hours-trading. It is unclear whether the two instances were related, but the Wall Street Bets subreddit page is known to be a popular forum for day traders that recently triggered a rally in multiple shorted stocks.
The clearinghouse that forced Robinhood to restrict trading in volatile stocks because of higher margin requirements published a whitepaper on Wednesday that laid grounds for accelerating the stock-settlement process. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation proposed shortening the settlement cycle for US equities to one day from two, prompting some renewed interest from the retail crowd on Reddit.