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AMC and Verb Tech Rise, GameStop Slips Among Meme Stocks in Focus

Among the meme stocks, AMC Entertainment and business-software maker Verb Technology rose while GameStop slipped.
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Shares of meme-stock veteran AMC Entertainment  (AMC) - Get AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Class A Report and business software provider Verb Technology  (VERB) - Get Verb Technology Company, Inc. Report rose on Thursday, while GameStop  (GME) - Get GameStop Corp. Class A Report declined.

AMC, Leawood, Kan., the country’s largest owner of movie theaters and perhaps the second-most-popular meme stock, at last check traded at $34.80, up 4.1%.

The granddaddy of meme stocks, the Grapevine, Texas, videogame retailer GameStop, recently traded at $166.96, off 0.4%. 

And Verb Technology, American Fork, Utah, recently traded at $2.99, up 20%. It has jumped 32% in the six months through Wednesday.

Mediaco Holding MDIA, the Indianapolis radio station owner, traded at $7.29, down 9.3%.

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James “Rev Shark” DePorre says in Real Money that the meme trading movement is hardly new and not nearly as efficient as the media have led average investors to believe.

"Learn how to pick your own stocks,” he says. “Social media trading is surprisingly uncreative in finding new stock ideas."

Further, "The business media likes to portray meme trading as something new, but this sort of trading has been part of markets from their very beginning hundreds of years ago,” DePorre says.

“There will also be groups that question the conventional wisdom of the professionals that control the market. It is no surprise at all that there are small traders with limited capital who have no interest in the idea that they should hold a diversified portfolio of stocks for the long term."

TheStreet.com Founder Jim Cramer also expressed caution this week. Meme stocks “away from AMC and GameStop appear to be crooked,” he said. They seem to be pump and dumps.”