Need to Know: As GameStop readies earnings, here’s one area in which WallStreetBets can declare victory


the videogame retailer that is the posterchild for so-called meme stocks, reports results after the close of trading, a chance for the outside world to mark message-board hype to reality.

Hype or not, the Reddit WallStreetBets message board is undeniably chalking up victories. Fast-food chain Wendy’s

surged 26% on Tuesday, as users of the WallStreetBets message board championed the stock, and the company’s social-media team was quick to make sly jokes about its new status.

Another favorite, online e-commerce platform ContextLogic
jumped close to 50% on Tuesday.

Here’s both the good and bad news for the retail-investing community. Analysts at Barclays point out that the number of stocks with high short interest as a percent of their float has come down drastically.

This in turn explains why the broader stock market really isn’t moving much, even as the fortunes of the meme stocks take wild rides. “The current short squeeze is more localized probably because the number of stocks with high short interest has come down dramatically,” said strategists led by Maneesh Deshpande.

Perhaps that is a Pyrrhic victory, because it means there are fewer opportunities for Redditors to exploit.

The chart

The U.S. dollar

has tended to weaken when global economic data have come in surprisingly strong. But those surprises seem to be peaking. Mark McCormick, global head of foreign exchange strategy at TD Securities, says the best-case scenario for the U.S. dollar combines higher real rates, softer global data and a pullback in risk.

The economic docket is quiet ahead of Thursday’s release of U.S. consumer-price data. In China, producer prices accelerated by 9% year-over-year in May, while consumer prices edged up 1.3%.

The market

Ho-hum. The most notable move was in the yield of the 10-year Treasury
which fell to 1.51%.

U.S. stock futures

were steady, as were most other asset classes. Bitcoin

rose as El Salvador officially adopted the cryptocurrency as legal currency.

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