"Very bad omen" for meme stocks as novice traders stop investing
Meme stocks are losing that meme stock energy.
- This sparked a boom in new retail stock trading accounts on platforms like Robinhood, where traders trade commission-free.
- But in the past month, GameStop and AMC shares tumbled around 30% and 40%, respectively.
State of play: One factor that turns a stock into a meme stock is that it attracts the attention of new traders who are committed to trading with hoards of buyers.
- These new traders tend to be novice traders, and they seek information like novices at anything else: they do Google searches for basic terms.
- However, Google Trends data shows searches for basic terms like "investing" and "buy stocks" have fallen to levels not seen in over a year.
What they’re saying: DataTrek Research co-founder Nicholas Colas says this is a "very bad omen" for meme stocks.
- "To our eyes, the data here says that the surge in US retail investor interest in investing is entirely over," Colas writes.
- "Every craze needs new adherents (i.e., not just the same crowd) to keep it relevant, and the Google chart shows those are in increasingly short supply."
The bottom line: Crazes never last, though there will continue to be weird reasons stocks may move up or down sharply over short periods of time.