GameStop, Getty Images Surge as Meme and De-SPAC Frenzy Returns
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October 31 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

GameStop, Getty Images Surge as Meme and De-SPAC Frenzy Returns

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

“The first thing you have to realize with these stocks is there’s no rhyme or reason,” said Keith Lerner, chief market strategist at Truist Advisory Services Inc. “They don’t trade based on the big macro trends normally. They trade on speculation and liquidity.”

A basket of so-called meme stocks tracked by Bloomberg rose 1.4%, while the De-SPAC index is lower by about 0.2%. Both gauges have plunged this year as concerns about a possible US recession diminished investor demand for shares of riskier assets.

The sudden resurgence in interest for the group comes ahead of what is likely to be a bumpy two weeks for the stock market. A Federal Reserve rate decision on Wednesday will kick off a span of seven trading sessions that will feature four major events including a key jobs report, mid-term elections and inflation data for October.

Eoin Treacy's view

Let’s set rationale aside for the present and think instead about what kind of message this spike in speculative activity says about how much liquidity is still in the market. In nominal terms, consumer spending is way above trend. Adjusted for inflation it is back on trend.

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