Why GameStop Shares Jumped Monday

The euphoria around video game retailer GameStop (NYSE:GME) stock had died down after the late-January surge of over 1,500% brought on by Reddit forum WallStreetBets users. But the action picked up again in late February and got a boost today from actual news out of the company. Shares jumped 20% early Monday and remained up 13% as of 10:15 a.m. EST.

So what

Today, GameStop released a business update letting investors know that it has formed a new “strategic planning and capital allocation committee” to be led by Ryan Cohen. The exponential rise in shares in January began after it was announced that Cohen, activist investor and co-founder of online pet retailer Chewy (NYSE:CHWY), was being added to GameStop’s board of directors. 

Now what

The new committee is meant to help the company transform its brick-and-mortar business to e-commerce. The company said in the release that it wants to become a “technology business.” The committee will evaluate “current operational objectives, capital structure and allocation priorities, digital capabilities, organizational footprint, and personnel,” the statement added. 

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