Shareholders are preparing for an AMC short squeeze as the stock continues to trend upwards and break new levels of resistance.
The movie theatre stock is up +18.40% on the month and up more than +37% in the past week.
Volume has steadily increased and even surpassed the average trading volume of 30 million.
AMC shareholders are speculating big moves may be underway as the rising price triggers short sellers to close out their positions.
AMC’s current short interest is still high at 19.76% per Fintel.
This means there is plenty of shorting in the stock for retail to trigger another massive price move like they did in January but more specifically in June of 2021 when the stock soared to $72 per share.
The company has performed well considering it almost faced bankruptcy early last year.
AMC Entertainment has beat quarterly earnings since 2021, striking confidence for an AMC short squeeze in 2022.
And the cost to borrow short shares has also skyrocketed in recent times.
Borrowers are now paying a whopping 66.4% to short the stock!
This is big news.
Let’s discuss it more below.
AMC Short Interest Today
According to Fintel, AMC’s short interest today is sitting at a high 19.76%.
AMC shot up to $72 per share last year when the stock was heavily shorted around 20% short interest.
AMC’s short interest came down to approximately 14% when it had reached its all-time high of $72.
The stock’s price may have come down a long way, but shorting has increased since and so has the short interest.
But AMC is seeing a slight bounce as it rejects the major level of support around $6 per share, currently trading between $7.50 and $8.
Heavy buying pressure is all the movie theatre stock needs to begin following previous trends back up to $9, $14, and $20+ levels.
If retail investors are able to successfully trigger this event, a short squeeze is inevitable.
What makes AMC more interesting now than ever is how high short sellers are paying to borrow the stock compared to earlier this year.
Stonk-O-Tracker is reporting a whopping 66.40% short borrow fee rate.
This is the annual fee it is now costing hedge funds to short the recovering movie theatre chain.
Liquidation across the markets could explain the obligation to keep up with such a high fee.
But that’s not all, AMC’s short borrow fee rate was as high as 77.80% on Wednesday.
The question is, how long will hedge funds be able to keep up with these losses as retail investors continue to buy and hold AMC stock?
FUD Grows but the Community Still Stands
There are many doom prophets infiltrating the retail community urging investors to sell their AMC shares.
Claiming that AMC is dead, and it will never squeeze.
Now more than ever, short sellers opposing heavy retail volume are trying to scare shareholders out of their money.
But the AMC community is still standing strong.
Is an AMC short squeeze happening soon?
The probability of retail investors squeezing shorts again is not a far-fetched idea.
We could begin to see bigger price action very soon.
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19.76% of free-float is just the last exchange reported short interest. AMC stock borrowing has gone up in the last two weeks according to ORTEX.com
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