U.S. Congress Wants To Ask DeepFuckingValue Some Deep Fucking Questions About GameStop

U.S. Congress Wants To Ask DeepFuckingValue Some Deep Fucking Questions About GameStop
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U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters announced that Reddit investor DeepFuckingValue, AKA YouTuber Roaring Kitty, AKA former insurance marketer Keith Gill, will testify before U.S. Congress about what the hell has been going on with GameStop’s stock later this month.

Waters made the announcement on Cheddar TV yesterday following Gill’s posts on the WallStreetBets subreddit, where he goes by the handle DeepFuckingValue. Gill’s discussions about investing big in GameStop helped turn its stock into a meme. That sent the stock soaring to over $US400 ($526) a share last week, and it put him at the centre of a new debate over how the stock market should work.

“We’ll have the young man there from Reddit, his name is Keith Gill, who basically started this mania,” said Waters, the chairwoman for the House Financial Services Committee. “We will hopefully have some hedge funds represented there. We’re going to make sure that we’re not taking sides.”

She added that Robinhood CEO Vladimir Tenev will also attend, and the committee hopes to have someone from GameStop present as well.

GameStop’s Stock Can’t Save You

GameStop’s rollercoaster ride through the absurd machinery of the stock market has been fun to watch. It sent some of CNBC’s finest minds scrambling to Wikipedia to find out what Reddit is and allowed for Very Serious Thought Leaders to peddle all sorts of pet theories, like blaming GameStop’s unlikely...

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GameStop and other floundering companies like AMC recently saw their stocks balloon thanks in part to coordinated campaigns among Reddit traders using commission-free platforms like Robinhood. The stocks were heavily shorted, largely by big hedge funds, which allowed retail traders on Reddit ( as well as other rich people on Wall Street) to take advantage of a “short squeeze,” financial jargon for when market dynamics cause a feedback loop that pushes a stock’s price higher and higher.

Some hedge funds, like Melvin Capital, saw big portions of their funds wiped out in the process. Trading apps like Robinhood, meanwhile, were forced to temporarily ban users from buying specific stocks like GameStop and AMC. Robinhood claimed last week it ran the risk of being unable to cover the bets being placed on its platform and has slowly been allowing users to trade more GameStop stock in the days since. Investors on WallStreetBets who were unable to buy more stock during this period accused Robinhood of market manipulation, and some even filed a class-action suit against the tech startup.

In effect, a bunch of stocks went bananas last week. Some people got rich while many others lost tons of money, and now everyone is pointing the finger at each other while Congress prepares to hold hearings on February 18 to try and get to the bottom of it. Gill, who has reached legendary status on WallStreetBets, becoming a meme himself, told the Wall Street Journal last week that his original investment of around $US50,000 ($65,800) had grown to over $US30 ($39) million throughout all of this, though he reportedly suffered $US13 ($17) million in loses as GameStop’s stock started to tank earlier this week.

Here’s What’s Been Happening With GameStop:

GameStop’s Stock Price Soars To New Records Because Capitalism Is A Shell Game

Struggling retailer GameStop’s stock curiously hit an all time high today. But it’s not because Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo suddenly decided to stop selling their games digitally. And it’s not because a new set of Funko Pops has taken the internet’s imagination by storm.

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Robinhood Blocks Users From Buying GameStop Stock

The stock trading app Robinhood is currently blocking users from buying any more GameStop stock citing “recent volatility” as its price soared from just under $US20 ($26) ($US26 ($34)) at the beginning of the month to over $US300 ($395) ($US390 ($513)) at the end of yesterday.

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GameStop Stock Is Starting To Go Bust

After soaring for more than a week, GameStop’s stock has plummeted back down to earth, sinking below $US100 ($132) ($US132 ($174)) a share several times today, a drop-off of more than $US200 ($263) ($US264 ($347)) from last week.

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Comments

  • I sincerely hope he’s not a target, here. Congress needs to pry open and expose this rat’s nest of bullshit, not protect it from outsider ‘poors’.

    • He’s only a target if they let him be an easy target, he has to drop the meme strats. Rather than trying to explain Stonks, sell them the idea that the Economy suffers when Hedge Funds deliberately sabotage stock to profit from its collapse… its economic cancer.

    • that’s exactly what will happen tho. Their donations come from those big funds and groups, so there is no way they’re gonna piss them off.

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