How a little-known stock soared 21,000 per cent to overtake Costco

A little-known Hong Kong-based company appears to have become the latest obsession of traders on the popular Reddit forum WallStreetBets, helping its stock shoot up 21,000 per cent since its IPO less than a month ago.

Shares of AMTD Digital have spiked nearly 3,000 per cent over the past week, and were up 126 per cent on Tuesday alone.

The company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange on July 15, listing its shares at US$7.80 ($11.24) apiece. Since then, the price has jumped to US$1,679 ($2,419).

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Bloomberg via Getty Images)

AMTD Digital is a financial services startup that trades on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol “HKD”.

The company is an arm of AMTD Idea Group, an investment bank based in Hong Kong that is also listed in New York and Singapore. The unit was founded in 2019, and provides fintech services in Asia, including a virtual bank called Airstar.

AMTD Digital brought in just over US$25 million in revenue last year, according to a regulatory filing. And yet this week its market cap is more than US$310 billion, surpassing that of Shell and Costco and putting it closer to the size of Walmart and Exxon.

Even the company was scratching its head over the sudden surge.

“To our knowledge, there are no material circumstances, events nor other matters relating to our company’s business and operating activities since the IPO date,” the company said in a statement.
Even AMTD Digital managers were scratching their heads over the sudden surge. (Google Maps)

Its parent company has also benefited from the mania. AMTD Idea Group was the number one trade on Fidelity’s platform on Tuesday, and its stock jumped nearly 237 per cent in New York.

The frenzy is reminiscent of the January 2021 run-up in shares of GameStop and AMC, which both saw historic upticks after retail investors on the WallStreetBets subreddit seized on what they saw as the companies’ undervalued stocks.

One user on the forum pointed to the similarities Wednesday, asking whether this was “another GameStop AMC situation.”

“Where did AMTD Digital come from,” they wrote.

There appeared to be no specific reason for the rally, other than online users in recent days calling for people to pile into the shares.

It worked: on Tuesday, the company was one of the most traded stocks on Fidelity, according to the investment firm.

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