AMC’s epic 3,325% year-to-date rally now makes it bigger than these 10 well known companies

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A trader reacts as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 18, 2020. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

AMC Entertainment’s monster rally on Wednesday catapulted the movie theater chain to record highs, with its market valuation eclipsing $30 billion.

The stock saw its year-to-date gains surge to as much as 3,325% at the high of the day on Wednesday, as a frenzy for Reddit favorite “meme” stocks was revitalized following the late January surge in heavily shorted stocks like GameStop. The stock is up about 500% over the past week.

Shares of AMC Entertainment surged more than 100% in Wednesday trades, even after hedge fund Mudrick Capital quickly turned around and sold its more than $231 million stake in the company it had bought on Tuesday. But retail demand for shares overpowered the hedge fund sale, and the company is now rewarding its investors with free popcorn this summer when they hit the theaters, as well as exclusive screenings.

The surge in AMC Entertainment highlights its extreme volatility, and not all are convinced that the company can retain its current valuation. One analyst believes the company is only worth $1 per share. The company is not profitable and has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to closures of its theaters for months.

And the overall outlook for the movie theater business is in a secular decline. Goldman Sachs outlined on Wednesday that shortening theatrical windows and growing alternative distribution of new movies, like streaming, will make it hard for movie theater operators going forward.

But for now, AMC Entertainment’s $30 billion valuation makes it bigger than these 10 well-known companies.

1. Best Buy

Ticker: BBY
Market Cap: $29.2 billion

Best Buy

2. Tyson Foods

Ticker: TSN
Market Cap: $29.2 billion

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Workers leave the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Logansport, Ind., Thursday, May 7, 2020. The plant was expected to reopen Thursday after closing on April 25 after nearly 900 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

3. Nokia

Ticker: NOK
Market Cap: $28.7 billion

FILE PHOTO: Visitors gather outside the Nokia booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Visitors gather outside the Nokia booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Reuters

4. ViacomCBS

Ticker: VIAC
Market Cap: $28.2 billion

Paramount Plus

5. Zillow Group

Ticker: ZG
Market Cap: $28.0 billion


6. Okta

Ticker: OKTA
Market Cap: $27.3 billion

Okta Bell

7. Hormel Foods

Ticker: HRL
Market Cap: $26.1 billion

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The company logo for Hormel Foods is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, US, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

8. Sirius XM Holdings

Ticker: SIRI
Market Cap: $25.5 billion

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9. Royal Caribbean

Ticker: RCL
Market Cap: $24.9 billion

Royal Caribbean

10. Dollar Tree

Ticker: DLTR
Market Cap: $23.8 billion

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