Ending the stock market battle over Gamestop in song

January 27, 2021, 2:38 PM UTC

(With apologies to Jonathan Larson, a version of his Rent classic “Seasons of Love” in honor of Melvin Capital throwing in the towel on its short bets against Gamestop. You can listen to the original here.)

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred Redditors
Five hundred twenty five thousand investors who pop
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred Redditors
How do you short? Short the Gamestop?

In options
In trading
In Robinhoods
In limit orders
In squeezes, in charting, in trade halts, in rocks

In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred Redditors
How do you short a Gamestop in stocks?

How about funds?
How about funds?
How about funds?
Shorting by funds
Seasons of funds
Seasons of funds

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred Redditors
Five hundred twenty five thousand small stocks to try
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred Redditors
How do you short a share of Tesla or Best Buy

In stocks that they churned
Or in times Melvin cried
In commissions they earned
Or the way that fund died

Its time now to cover all our bets
The trade always ends
Let’s celebrate remember a squeeze in a stock
Of friends

Remember the funds
(Oh you gotta remember the funds)
Remember the funds
(Oh yeah its a squeeze they upends)
Remember the funds
(Trade out, cover it, shorting by funds, hedge fuuuunds)
Seasons of funds
Seasons of funds…

Aaron Pressman


Knitting squeeze. It's not just kids on Reddit having fun with stocks. World's richest man Elon Musk on Tuesday morning tweeted of his love for the online crafts sales site Etsy (thanks to a spiffy Marvin the Martian hat he bought for his dog). Etsy's stock then opened almost 10% higher though it finished down 2% on the day. Maybe r/WallStreetBets doesn't like Tesla's CEO as much as we thought?

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One email in the thread breaks down the different forms of content partners that would be offering subscriptions on Apple TV. It muses on which partnerships would be fruitful to try to get a cut (like new streaming services) and which ones won’t (like “entrenched” cable and satellite companies).

Apple’s team settled on the idea that any iTunes-based transactions or subscriptions should stick with the same 30 percent cut as the App Store. But there’s more discussion over how the company will handle referrals, where the Apple TV applications link out to a service’s website for customers to subscribe directly to the service:

"I don't want to do any deals where we get less than 30%. That is what it is on the app store and we can't be making a different deal here. If that is not possible than i want a one-time bounty but we need to be very careful here so this doesn't spillover to the app store."


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