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HOOD 'Gamma Squeeze' Spike Fades As Options Traders Shift To Puts Over Calls

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by Tyler Durden
Wednesday, Aug 04, 2021 - 11:43 AM

Update (1135ET): As options trading began this morning on HOOD, it appears someone engineered a 'gamma squeeze' with buying in $70 Calls and even some in $95 Calls.

In fact, the $70 Calls were by far the most active, forcing dealers into a gamma squeeze amid the relatively illiquid first few days post-IPO...

It worked and HOOD screamed higher... but has started to fade now...

As Put volume started to accelerate and is now at a 1.32x of Call volume...

The volume of strikes in HOOD are very heavily weighted to the downside...

The question is - what happens next?

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Update (0945ET): Meme stock mania has hit the ultimate enabler of meme stock mania. HOOD is now up 65% topping $75 - double its IPO price and making Citadel - which frontruns the bulk retail orderflow - oh so very rich in the process...

... with the insane moves causing 3 halts already and it's just 20 minutes into the trading day. But yes - it's bitcoin that needs regulation.

The WallStreetBets crowd is accelerating into this name...

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After suffering the inglorious honor of being the worst (equivalent size) IPO performance in history (tumbling from an open at $38 (and IPO price) to as low as $33, Robinhood shares (HOOD) are screaming higher again this morning, after breaking out on massive volume yesterday, trading at $54...

The driver behind the sudden explosion in buying interest?

Simple - retail.

Bloomberg reports that retail traders bought net $19.4 million worth of Robinhood shares on Tuesday to make it the sixth-most-purchased stock and 11th-most-traded security on retail platforms, according to data compiled by Vanda Securities Pte. Total retail volume on Tuesday surged about 10-fold from the previous day, the data show.

CNBC commented this morning that HOOD is "the most searched ticker symbol" on their site and 'positive sentiment' dwarfs 'negative' for HOOD on WallStreetBets Reddit board...

Source

The trading boost came alongside Ark Investment Management’s move to increase stake in the company. Ark Fintech Innovation ETF bought 89,622 Robinhood shares in the previous session as they surged 24% to close at $46.80 apiece.

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