It’s been a rocky start to the year in the financial markets, partly due to expected interest rate increases by the FED in the US and rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine. In the US, stocks were even temporarily in correction territory, meaning that they were down by more than 10% from recent highs. The EURO STOXX 50 and S&P 500 both saw monthly decreases of 2.88% and 5.26%, respectively.
Keep reading to find out more about the most traded stocks among our clients in January.
Newcomers on the map
In January, Bavarian Nordic and Stillfront Group made their debut on our map, being traded the most for the first time.
Bavarian Nordic AS
Bavarian Nordic was the most traded stock among our Danish clients in January. Bavarian Nordic is a Danish biotechnology company that focuses on the development, manufacturing and commercialisation of vaccines. The vaccines it currently has on the market are for rabies, tick-borne illnesses, smallpox/monkeypox and Ebola. The company also has several vaccines in clinical development, including one for Covid-19.
In November, Bavarian Nordic’s stock price dropped by 28.01%.
Stillfront Group, the most traded stock among our Swedish clients, also made an appearance on our map for the first time. Stillfront is an independent creator, publisher and distributor of digital games. The company is based in Sweden but they operate globally. Stillfront Group consists of 21 gaming studios. Its games portfolio includes Call of War, Conflict of Nations, BitLife and Property Brothers Home Design, among others.
In January, Stillfront announced that it would be acquiring Japanese-South Korean game developer Nexon Co’s 38.8% stake in Six Waves, a mobile games publisher, for $201 million.
Stock prices ended the month down by 7.66%.
The companies that saw the biggest price movements last month were Alpha Services and Holdings and AMC Entertainment.
Alpha Services and Holdings
Out of the stocks on the map, only Alpha Services and Holdings and Alibaba ended January in the green, and Alpha Services and Holdings’ 23.15% increase made it last month’s winner. Alpha Services and Holdings owns Alpha Bank and is one of Greece’s largest financial groups.
AMC was on the losing end, with prices plunging by 40.96%. If you are unfamiliar with AMC, it is one of the biggest movie theater chains and is well known for being a so-called meme stock. Other meme stocks, including GameStop, have seen prices dropping so far in 2022 after being inflated in 2021 when retail investors banded together in an attempt to short squeeze these stocks.
Some analysts say that the meme stock sell-off is due, in part, to the emergency funding ending, rising inflation and the Federal Reserve preparing to increase interest rates.
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Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters, Yahoo! Finance, Motley Fool, Bavarian Nordic, Stillfront Group