Stocks opened higher Wednesday, though the Dow quickly turned negative, after the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 both closed at fresh highs Tuesday.
The S&P 500 has marked 50 record highs in 2021 so far, putting the index on track for its best run in 26 years, according to Bespoke Investment Group. In 1995, the S&P 500 saw 77 record highs.
At the opening of trading Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 28.34 points, the Nasdaq Composite was up 10.50 points and the S&P 500 was up 2.87.
Jim Cramer and Action Alerts PLUS senior analyst Jeff Marks discussed GameStop (GME) - Get GameStop Corp. Class A Report, AMC (AMC) - Get AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Class A Report, retail earnings and much more.
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Brick-and-Mortar Strikes Back?
After a slew of retail earnings last week that included Walmart (WMT) - Get Walmart Inc. Report, Target (TGT) - Get Target Corporation Report, Lowe's (LOW) - Get Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW) Report and more, Best Buy (BBY) - Get Best Buy Co., Inc. Report, Nordstrom (JWN) - Get Nordstrom, Inc. (JWN) Report, Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) - Get Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. Report, Urban Outfitters (URBN) - Get Urban Outfitters, Inc. Report and more joined the pack this week.
What do some of these names share in common? An ability to adapt, survive and thrive.
Cramer took to Real Money Tuesday to write that despite the apocalyptic predictions from many on Wall Street as Amazon (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report, the Death Star, disrupted the consumer experience forever, a little innovation kept brick-and-mortar retail out of Amazon's death ray.
"The truth is, though, the days when Amazon is Death Star are over. The retailers remaining have their force field and their shields and they are beaming Amazon's projectiles right back at the once impossible to stop retailer," Cramer wrote.
A New Hope for GameStop and AMC?
GameStop and AMC caught Cramer's attention Tuesday with both stocks surging upwards of 20% each without a clear news catalyst.
Roughly 14 million GameStop shares traded, more than 10 times the amount typically traded over the past five sessions, per Bloomberg. Over 200 million shares of AMC stock traded, marking the stock's largest trading volume since mid-June.
As of the open of trading Wednesday, GameStop was down 2.53% to $204.98 and AMC was up 4.18% to $46.11.
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