Fisker Stock Rallies More Than 11% on First Day of Trading

Fisker Inc. shares rose more than 11% on Friday, their debut on the New York Stock Exchange, getting a boost by heightened investor interest in electric vehicles and in so-called blank-check companies despite broad market weakness.

Electric-car maker Fisker said late Thursday it had completed its reverse merger with a blank-check company backed by private-equity giant Apollo Global Management

The company said it expects to have more than $1 billion in cash and no debt after the deal, money that the company expects will be enough to fully fund Fisker’s operations and the development of its Fisker Ocean, a luxury electric SUV, through the planned start of production in late 2022.

Fisker took the same route to becoming a public company as Nikola Corp., DraftKings Inc. and others that came to public markets through a blank-check company, or a special purpose acquisition corporation.