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Reddit's Rally and GameStop's Slump: A Tale of Contrasting Fortunes

By:JJ Kinahan

Reddit's IPO success contrasts GameStop's earnings slump, reflecting nuanced market reactions to corporate developments.

  • Market volatility persists amid mixed economic signals and divergent investor sentiment, underscoring cautious optimism.
  • Reddit's IPO success contrasts GameStop's earnings slump, reflecting nuanced market reactions to corporate developments.

  • With Friday's market closure and quarter-end approaching, brace for potential choppy trading amidst global uncertainties.

As we approach the final stretch of this abbreviated trading week, stocks aim to reverse a recent downturn. Tuesday witnessed both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite dipping below 0.5%, with trading volume tapering—a trend expected to persist until Thursday's close.

Key economic indicators unveiled on Tuesday highlighted a mixed picture: Durable Goods orders surpassed expectations, rising 1.4% month over month, while core durable goods edged slightly higher at 0.5%.

Concurrently, the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell short of projections, underscoring a curious discrepancy between economic robustness and investor sentiment, fueling a subdued market rally.

Reddit and other stocks

In the spotlight, Reddit (RDDT) surged 9% post-IPO, signaling investor appetite for new ventures, contrasting GameStop's (GME) premarket slump of nearly 20% due to earnings miss and conference call cancellation. Krispy Kreme (DNUT) surged 39% on news of a McDonald's (MCD) partnership.

International Paper (IP) stumbled 5% amid acquisition news. Reports that Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) is in talks to acquire Shockwave Medical (SWAV) drove the latter's shares up 10%, echoing Merck's (MERC) pre-market climb following drug approval.

Data ahead

Ahead, the economic agenda lightens, with anticipation mounting for Friday's release of the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index—a pivotal report, compounded by market closure. Tomorrow marks the end of both the month and quarter, with stocks poised to clinch their fifth-consecutive monthly gain. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have surged over 20% and 25% since October's downturn, respectively.

Reflecting on the quarter's performance, the top performers include Super Micro Computer (SMCI), up 267%, Nvidia (NVDA), up 92%, Constellation Energy (CEG), up 60%. Other stellar performers include Meta Platforms (META), up 41% and Decker's Outdoor (DECK), up 40%.

Conversely, MarketAxess Holdings (MKTX), Charter Communications (CHTR), Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), Boeing (BA), and Tesla (TSLA) trailed behind, experiencing declines ranging from 25% to over 30%.

The yen and other topics

Attention now shifts to Japan's currency woes, with the yen at a 34-year low, prompting potential intervention from the central bank. 

In China, President Xi's dialogue with industry leaders, notably Apple's Tim Cook, underscores collaboration prospects. Notably, Friday's market closure, coinciding with economic data release, quarter-end, and quarterly options expiration, sets the stage for potential volatility amid subdued trading volumes.

Navigating these dynamics warrants adherence to investment strategies and long-term objectives amidst potential market fluctuations.

JJ Kinahan is CEO of IG North America—which includes tastylive, tastytrade and IG's FX Business. Kinahan traded for 21 years at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He serves on the CBOE Advisory Board and the SIFMA Options Committee. @thejjkinahan

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