AMC’s 3,059% stock gain empowers retail army

AMC hit its first record close since March 2015.

AMC investors are riding a wave of gains that are surprising even the most seasoned investors. 

The stock has advanced 3059.09% from its 52-week closing low of $1.98 on January 5, 2021, as tracked by Dow Jones Market Data Group.

 Wednesday alone, shares popped more than 100% before closing with a 95% gain, amid three trading halts by the New York Stock Exchange. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AMC AMC ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS INC 59.26 -1.47 -2.42%

The $62.55 per share price is the first record close since March of 2015. 

AMC's market cap, at $28 billion, is now more than American Airlines and United, which stand at $16.5B and $19B, respectively. 

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The latest ascent was powered by the theater chain's offer of free popcorn along with an investor portal geared to the more than 3 million retail investors who make up the company's shareholder base. 

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This stock move came one day after the company announced a $230 million stock sale to Mudrick Capital, in which 8.5 million shares of Class A common stock were sold at $27.12 apiece, a 3.8% premium over Friday’s closing price. Shortly after the announcement, reports circulated Mudrick had sold all of its AMC shares, per Bloomberg. Mudrick did not return inquiries for comment. 

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CEO Adam Aron is AMC's largest shareholder owning 0.76% of company shares, as compiled by Thomson.