GameStop (NYSE: GME), for example, blew up the internet earlier in the year when a bunch of Reddit users drove its share price upward, resulting in a world of pain for the hedge funds that got stuck in a short squeeze. Index funds are passively managed funds that aim to match the performance of the market indexes they're associated with. S&P 500 index funds follow the S&P 500 itself, which is comprised of the 500 largest publicly traded companies.
With gains of 1,259% to 2,801%, these billion-dollar stocks have been unstoppable since early October.
Melvin Capital is giving the Reddit crowd something to cheer about on a Friday, after the hedge fund rang up a 49% first-quarter loss, according to a report from Bloomberg News on Friday.