Benchmarks Edge Higher While "Meme" Stock Craze Continues

Stocks are modestly higher at midday, once again falling just short of seemingly elusive record highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIis up 32 points at last check, while the S&P 500 Index (SPXis sporting small gains, though earlier it was just one point away from an intraday high. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) is slightly higher as well, following Big Tech's resurgence.

Elsewhere, investors are waiting for the next inflation reading, which will give them clues as to whether or not higher prices are just a temporary result of the recovering economy. Wall Street is also keeping an eye on the continued "meme" stock craze, with Clover Health (CLOV) now at the top of Reddit traders' list.

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One stock seeing an unusual amount of options activity today is ContextLogic Inc (Nasdaq: WISH), last seen down 0.8% at $11.54. This negative price action came after law firm Levi & Korsinsky announced a class action lawsuit has begun on behalf of WISH shareholders, just a day after Reddit traders helped the security pop on the charts. So far, 244,000 calls and 51,000 puts have already exchanged hands, which is 24 times the intraday average. Most popular is the monthly June 15 call, followed by the 25 call in the same series, with positions being opened at both. WISH is coming off a June 7, all-time low of $7.52, and earlier in the session surged to the $15 level for the first time since late April. And while the equity has broken through overhead pressure at the 40-day moving, it remains down 37.4% year-to-date.

Near the top of the Nasdaq today is Aethlon Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEMD). The equity is up 403.7% to trade at $11.13 at last check, after it became the latest "meme stock" to join the bunch. Before attracting the attention of Reddit traders, AEMD had been trading mostly sideways. Today's bull gap has helped the security hit a two-year high of $12.49, though, and set it on pace for its best day on record. In the past nine months, AEMD has added 688.3%.

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