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'Big Short' investor Michael Burry hit a 1,500% gain on GameStop during its record rally

Added 01-26-21 09:14:02am EST - “The Scion Asset Management chief's investment ballooned in value from $17 million to as high as $271 million in under four months.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “'Big Short' investor Michael Burry hit a 1,500% gain on GameStop during its record rally”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Michael Burry is best known as the investor who made a billion-dollar bet against the US housing market and won. His latest victory could stem from an unlikely source: GameStop.

Burry's Scion Asset Management owned 1.7 million shares in GameStop at the last count, which were worth $17 million at the end of September. The video-game retailer's stock price has skyrocketed since then, soaring as much as 145% to a record high on Monday as day traders piled in, thumbing their noses at short-sellers.

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Scion's stake surged in value to $271 million at the peak, representing an almost 1,500% gain for Burry. GameStop shares closed at about $77, valuing Scion's position at around $130 million — a 650% gain in less than four months.

Burry, who was portrayed by Christian Bale in the movie adaptation of Michael Lewis' book "The Big Short," could have made an even bigger profit. He owned 3 million shares in GameStop at the end of March last year, which would have been worth as much as $478 million on Monday. However, he reduced the position by about 38% over the next six months.

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