How And Why AMC Stock Is Higher Today

The movie theater stock is red hot again, two weeks after its surprise mining investment

What happened - Is this the mother of all short squeezes that AMC Entertainment ( AMC 44.91% ) investors have been waiting for?

After another week of a rapidly rising stock price, shares of AMC were soaring 22.2% at 11:30 a.m. EST on Monday. The stock has now nearly doubled in just two weeks, and it has to be putting pressure on short-sellers, many of whom are likely moving to cover their positions

So what - AMC remains a highly shorted stock, with more than 20% of its shares outstanding sold short. What many of those traders didn't expect was for the movie theater operator to zig when they anticipated a zag

The announcement that AMC was buying a stake in a gold and silver miner threw conventional wisdom out the window and sent its stock off to the races

Peter Lynch had a word for when companies went astray and acquired businesses far outside their circle of competence: de-worsi-fication

Precious metals mining has nothing to do with operating a movie house, but Hycroft Mining ( HYMC 81.25% ) was similar to AMC in one way: It was a cash-strapped business unable to raise money despite having potential for growth

That was where AMC found itself when hedge funds were betting against it, and small retail investors rallied around the stock and have helped keep shares afloat. Now there might be no containing them if a short squeeze is at hand

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