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Why Is Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) Stock Up 300% in August?

  • Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) stock is soaring over 30% in pre-market trading.
  • A famous investor bought call options on BBBY stock.
  • The investor’s bet on the retailer excited retail investors, quickly pushing the shares higher.
BBBY stock - Why Is Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) Stock Up 300% in August?

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Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY) stock is jumping more than 30% in pre-market trading today and has notched gains of more than 300% so far in August.

Among the factors behind the stock’s tremendous gains in recent weeks have been the rejuvenation of the meme-stock phenomenon and the decision by a famous investor to bet more money on BBBY stock.

The wager by the famous investor, GameStop (NYSE:GME) Chairman Ryan Cohen, has fueled excitement about BBY stock on social media, pushing Bed, Bath & Beyond’s shares much higher.

BBBY Stock: Meme Stocks Are Making a Comeback

Bed Bath & Beyond has soared 270% in the last month and nearly 97% in the last five days.

Other meme stocks have also been rallying so far in recent weeks, with AMC (NYSE:AMC) stock advancing 42% over the last month, Koss (NASDAQ:KOSS) climbing 32% during that time frame, and Fubo (NYSE:FUBO) delivering a return of 122% over the last month.

Cohen’s Bet Fed the Meme-Stock Frenzy

A company controlled by Cohen purchased call options on nearly 1.7 million shares of BBBY stock, regulatory filings unveiled on Monday night showed. Cohen initially gained fame as the founder of Chewy (NYSE:CHWY), an e-commerce firm that focuses on products for pets.

The call options have “strike prices between $60 and $80” and expire in January. For Cohen to make money on each option, the price of Bed Bath and Beyond’s shares has to exceed the option’s strike price when he redeems it. In pre-market trading, the shares were changing hands for slightly over $27 each.

The disclosure of Cohen’s call options appears to have excited retail investors, in turn lighting a fire under BBBY stock. Since Monday night, the amount of chatter about the stock on social media has surged, while the retailer’s shares have already soared nearly 70%.

On the date of publication, Larry Ramer did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the Publishing Guidelines.

Larry Ramer has conducted research and written articles on U.S. stocks for 15 years. He has been employed by The Fly and Israel’s largest business newspaper, Globes. Larry began writing columns for InvestorPlace in 2015. Among his highly successful, contrarian picks have been PLUG, XOM and solar stocks. You can reach him on Stocktwits at @larryramer.

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