GameStop stock exploded once again Wednesday as Elon Musk added more fuel to an unprecedented rally that’s forced a beaten-up hedge fund to completely abandon its bet against the retailer.
Shares in the video-game chain more than doubled at one point in premarket trading after the billionaire Tesla boss tweeted a link to the Reddit message board that’s been pumping the stock.
“Gamestonk!!” Musk wrote on Twitter shortly after Tuesday’s closing bell, which saw GameStop end the day up nearly 93 percent at $147.98 — more than seven times its value less than a month ago.
The shares briefly climbed above $300 early Wednesday before sharply paring the gains to trade up about 66 percent at $244.51 as of 7:26 a.m.
GameStop has become a cause célèbre on Reddit’s r/wallstreetbets forum, where retail traders have reportedly railed against investors who bet against the company by taking short positions in the stock.
Their brute-force efforts appear to be working — hedge fund Melvin Capital closed out of its GameStop short as it “repositioned our portfolio over the past few days,” a spokesperson told The Post on Wednesday.
Melvin bailed on the bet on Tuesday afternoon, according to CNBC — a day after it got a $2.75 billion bailout investment from fellow hedge funds Citadel and Point72 Asset Management, run by Ken Griffin and Mets owner Steve Cohen, respectively.
But Melvin said it would not be filing for bankruptcy despite reported speculation about its demise online.
“The social media posts about Melvin Capital going bankrupt are categorically false,” the Melvin spokesperson said. “Melvin Capital is focused on generating high-quality, risk-adjusted returns for our investors, and we are appreciative of their support.”