Want Your Stock To Rally? Just Mention 'Bitcoin' Or 'Blockchain'

Wednesday’s top pre-market movers had one thing in common, and it’s the same thing just about every stock is moving on: blockchain.

Longfin Corp LFIN went from $5.30 to $142.82 after acquiring blockchain micro-lender Ziddu.com.

Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc SSC spiked 62 percent on news of its stake in Delaware Board of Trade Holdings, Inc. and intent to use DBOT’s SEC-licensed blockchain in fintech developments.

Siebert Financial Corp. SIEB rose 27.5 percent after parent Kennedy Cabot sold a 1-percent stake to Overstock.com Inc OSTK blockchain subsidiary tZERO.

Overstock, itself, rode a 17.3-percent rise on news of tZERO’s token launch.

Related Link: Why The Bitcoin Bubble Is Different From All Other Bubbles

Power Of The Blockchain Buzzword

Dennis Dick, cohost of Benzinga’s PreMarket Prep radio show and proprietary trader at Bright Trading LLC, said the buzzword-based phenomenon is unprecedented.

“This stuff is nuts,” Dick said on Wednesday’s show. “...You have companies that actually have business models already put in place. They mention blockchain technology in a press release and then go up ... 700 percent in days.”

In some cases, the plan isn’t even detailed — maybe not even formed.

NXT-ID Inc NXTD rallied 138 percent on news of its mere intent to develop a platform converting cryptocurrency to retail-accepted currency.

On Track Innovations Ltd (USA) OTIV nearly tripled after citing vague development of bitcoin capabilities on Monday, and Top Image Systems Ltd. TISA popped 45 percent on a recirculated October report mentioning mere potential to embrace blockchain.

Inspired Imitation

Other companies have taken notice of the value boost and made their own blockchain announcements, including Echo Global Logistics, Inc. ECHO’s joining of the governance board of the Blockchain In Transport Alliance; Gridsum Holding Inc - ADR GSUM’s reveal of a blockchain-leveraging customer-relationship-management solution; and Nova Lifestyle Inc NVFY and Net Element International Inc NETE’s launching of blockchain business segments.

Dick doesn’t anticipate a slowdown.

“You’re going to start seeing 20, 30 companies a day coming out and doing this and eventually it’s not going to move [the stocks],” he said.

It seems management teams are responding to market demand, particularly as bitcoin plays trend. Traders are craving blockchain exposure, algorithms are capitalizing on mere mentions, and companies are cashing in.

“It’s almost like flat-out trying to manipulate your price higher, unless they’ve really got the real stuff and they’re really changing their whole business model, but I think some of these are just coming out with press releases to take advantage of the mania and pump their prices up, and I think they’re probably dumping stock,” he said. “If they are doing that, a lot of those people in those companies should go to jail.”

A handful of stocks joined the party Thursday, including ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd CCIH, NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) NQ and Future Fintech Group Inc FTFT, and Long Island Iced Tea Corp LTEA.

Listen to the full show below, and Dick's full commentary on these stocks starting at 33:30.

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