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GameStop shares close in green, recover from 10% dip

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GameStop (GME) shares turned positive Thursday afternoon after dipping as much as 10% post quarterly earnings. The stock closed fractionally higher at $199.18 each. 

Shares of the video-game retailer had opened lower on Thursday after the company reported an adjusted loss per share of 76 cents with revenue of $1.18 billion for its 2nd quarter. The stock rallied back just above the flat line by the afternoon to end the session in the green. 

On Wednesday management said the company has enough liquidity for the next 12 months and foreseeable future. It also entered into a fulfillment center lease in Reno, Nevada, in order for its network to span both U.S. coasts.

There was no Q and A session during Wednesday's earnings call, similar to past ones this year. 

GameStop went through a C-Suite overhaul after Ryan Cohen, the co-founder of e-commerce platform Chewy (CHWY), joined the board in January and became chairman in June. Cohen, known as "Papa Cohen" by the "meme" crowd, has said he's not ready to reveal specifics about his strategy yet.

"We are trying to do something that nobody in the retail space has ever done,” said Cohen at the company's annual meeting in June.

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has a Sell rating and $50 price target on GameStop. He wasn't optimistic investors would hear details about Cohen's digital transformation strategy.

"I ... am waiting for his brilliant strategy, and it's not going to be brilliant. If it was brilliant, then he would have let us know, months and months and months ago," Pachter told Yahoo Finance in a phone interview.

"He's trying to revolutionize an industry that has already passed him by. He's audacious, and he's wrong on this one," added the analyst.

Pachter is one of a handful of analysts still covering GameStop. Some have stopped coverage since the "meme" stock craze took off.

Year to date, the stock is up around 868% following a massive short squeeze in January spurred by Reddit's WallStreetBets traders. Six months after the GameStop saga, GME continues to be a retail trader favorite.

In June, Jefferies analyst Stephanie Wissink noted, "The company's social, PR, and individual investor focus is a sign of clear recognition of their audience. The gamer remains a strong supporter — both as a consumer and investor.”

Wissink designated a Hold rating with a $190 price target on the stock.

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