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Little-Known Stock’s 32,000% Surge Ends With $175 Billion Drop

  • AMTD Digital eclipsed some of the world’s biggest banks
  • Market value topped $300 billion before three-day plunge
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Even after a retail frenzy that saw GameStop Corp. become the hottest stock in the world and a dog-themed joke cryptocurrency gain billions in value, the whirlwind trading in an obscure Hong Kong financial business stands out as spectacular.

The rapid rise of AMTD Digital Inc. -- a barely profitable financial services firm -- is a tale that, while reminiscent of last year’s meme-stock frenzy, is even more mysterious. In a move that has puzzled the financial community, the company’s shares skyrocketed in less than three weeks from their $7.80 initial public offering price to an intraday high of $2,555, an eye-popping jump of more than 32,000%.