Trump SPAC Soars as Retail Traders Pump Shares Higher
(Bloomberg) -- Retail investors are piling into the special purpose acquisition company that agreed to take former President Donald Trump’s media firm public as thousands of users pump shares across social media platforms.
Digital World Acquisition Corp., the SPAC that’s set to merge with Trump Media & Technology Group, is Thursday’s top purchase on Fidelity’s platform with about 55,000 buy orders from customers. That was nearly quadruple the purchases for PayPal Holdings Inc., the second-most-bought stock, and more than eight-times the demand for the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (ticker BITO).
The excitement from retail traders who have bought into the YOLO mantra -- you only live once -- was clear with the stock being the most-mentioned company on the popular day-trader chatroom Stocktwits, and as touts on Reddit’s WallStreetBets rivaled the likes of GameStop Corp. and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. over the past 12 hours.
The SPAC more than quadrupled to $45.50 Thursday after triggering at least five volatility halts on the day. More than 470 million shares changed hands, making it the most traded stock with a value above a penny. The aim of the deal is to rival “the liberal media consortium and fight back against the ‘Big Tech’ companies of Silicon Valley,” according to a statement.
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