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Why Churchill Capital IV Stock Jumped Today

By Howard Smith - Mar 16, 2021 at 2:35PM

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A well-known investor had some positive comments about owning shares in Lucid Motors.

What happened

Shares of special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Churchill Capital IV (CCIV) spiked 15% early Tuesday, before paring those gains. As of 2 p.m. EDT, shares were still more than 7.5% above Monday's closing price.

Churchill is the SPAC through which investors can buy into electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors.

So what 

Today's bump in the SPAC's share price comes after CNBC's Jim Cramer made positive comments about it, and its merger target Lucid Motors, Monday night. On his Mad Money television show, Cramer included Churchill Capital IV among stocks investors with high risk tolerance, including younger investors, should consider. 

Tuesday morning, Cramer also told viewers that he will be interviewing Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson, on his program tonight. 

Lucid Motors electric SUV

Lucid Motors luxury electric SUV. Image source: Lucid Motors.

Now what

Churchill Capital IV shares have been on a roller coaster ride this year. After rising more than 450% on speculation of a deal with Lucid Motors, shares plunged 60% over two weeks from its highs after the deal was announced. The dramatic moves were from a combination of a "sell the news" response along with investor dissatisfaction with some terms of the deal. 

The transaction values the combined entity at $11.75 billion, when some analysts were expecting the equivalent of up to $15 billion. But the SPAC's stock has recovered over the last week, gaining almost 40%. Lucid CEO Rawlinson was the former chief engineer for Tesla's Model S project, and investors have high hopes that he can repeat that success at Lucid. Today, investors seem to be anticipating another boost after his TV interview tonight. 

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