GameStop stock has fallen nearly 50% from March 10 intraday highs of $348.40, but that hasn’t stopped Reddit traders from holding the stock.
Traders on the popular r/wallstreetbets forum are doubling down their bets on the beleaguered video game retailer despite falling short interest and share prices.
GameStop stock was down as much as 20% on Tuesday before it mounted a recovery. Short interest in the stock has dropped to just 18.04% of its float as of March 12, according to data from Ihor Dusaniwsky of S3 Partners.
Even in face of the bearish news, Reddit traders continued to comment about their “diamond hands” on the GameStop thread of r/wallstreetbets for Tuesday, March 16, referring to investors who hold a stock or cryptocurrency regardless of potential risks, headwinds, or losses. The term is used to represent a group of retail traders’ collective strength in the markets if they act in unison.
A Reddit user going by the name u/darkspherei commented on the March 16 GameStop thread, “Upvote if you ain’t selling 💎🙌🦍🚀,” and quickly received nearly 3,000 upvotes.
The online community is attempting to band together once again to “defend” GameStop.
Another commenter on the site going by u/_exordium argued the forum can create a repeat of February’s rise in prices if they band together.
“Don’t forget, in January once it tanked, we all quieted down for a while, but we never f—-‘ left and we never f—-‘ sold. When this place is overrun by FUD and shills, we wait…Hang the f— in there,” u_exordium said.
Despite the rallying cries, and the recent appointment of Chewy co-founder Ryan Cohen to lead a digital shift at the company, shares of GameStop traded down 10.79% as of 11:44 a.m. ET on Tuesday.