American Airlines spikes 31% as Reddit traders direct their attention toward another heavily shorted stock
American Airlinesspiked as much as 31% on Thursday as a short-squeeze rally took hold.
- The company had announced better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday.
- "AAL the next GME?" one Reddit user said in a post on Wednesday.
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American Airlines soared as much as 31% on Thursday as traders who frequent Reddit's Wall Street Bets forum sparked short squeezes in a growing list of
"AAL the next GME?" one Reddit user said in a post on Wednesday.
American Airlines seems to have fit the bill, with about 30% of the float sold short.
The company had a catalyst to set the move on fire: fourth-quarter earnings.
On Thursday, the airline operator reported better-than-expected earnings results, beating both revenue and income estimates.
Shares hit a high of $30 in Thursday's premarket trading session, representing a gain of as much as 81%.
And the gains in short-squeezed stocks don't appear to be letting up yet, as evidenced by GameStop, which soared by more than 40% in Thursday-morning trading, to a high of nearly $500.
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