AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) CEO Adam Aron touches on billions of synthetic shares and market manipulation.
For years now, AMC shareholders have stuck to their convictions on a mother of all short squeezes (MOASS) due to the alarming amount of overleveraged shares out in the market that institutions still have to buy back.
AMC Entertainment stock has been shorted in the past by some of the biggest short sellers on Wall Street, though now they are playing both sides to hedge their bets.
Notorious short seller Citadel has a long history of market manipulation, Chairman Gary Gensler says more than 50% of trading goes through dark pools, and Patrick McConloguge, an ex-Citadel data scientist says the game is rigged and that rules are tailored to benefit hedge funds.
But AMC CEO Adam Aron says that is not the company’s problem, despite thousands of investors urging the company to take an activist role in lifting the suppression that keeps the stock price from rising.
Investors managed to raise AMC shares from $2 to $20, and from $5 to $72 per share — though halts and other forms of suppression limited how high the stock was allowed to go.
Shareholders have felt cheated ever since and have urged AMC’s CEO to take legal action against naked shorts like other CEOs are currently doing.
But AMC’s CEO has recently expressed a strong message towards the manipulation occurring in his company stock.
And quite frankly, the CEO expresses he’s tired of investors talking about it.
Let’s dive right into it.
AMC CEO on Billions of Synthetic Shares
In August 2022, just moments before the debut of AMC’s Preferred Equity, APE, Adam Aron released the following statement:
“Candidly, I’ve seen no evidence so-called fake or synthetic shares exist. But many of you disagree. This preferred equity dividend goes ONLY to company issued shares. So, it will have the impact of a “share count” or unique dividend many of you have sought.”
This alarmed many investors at the time with a few die-hard followers calling anyone who mentioned this news as ‘bot’, ‘shill’, or ‘fud’ — completely unnecessary of course but it paints the environment well.
Other Twitter influencers promised shareholders APE was the catalyst to an epic short squeeze but failed to explain the equity’s true purpose.
In other words, only a half-truth was being spread within the community which caused shareholders to hold even deeper losses.
A video surfaced on social media of Adam Aron speaking on market manipulation that has many investors somewhat divided — though it shouldn’t.
And I’ll explain why in a moment.
The CEO says, “guys, don’t believe everything you read on Twitter. Yes, it’s true that we have a lot of short sellers who have sold our shares short, but all that stuff that you read about market manipulation, and fail to delivers, and all this other stuff, there’s billions of synthetic shares out there — that’s not our problem.”
Adam Aron said on Twitter the company had reached out to the NYSE and FINRA to look into the high number of FTDs but failed to provide any sort of letter confirming the claims.
Shareholders are confused to say the least with what the CEO had to say during one of his events.
Is the CEO is experiencing fear, uncertainty, and doubt?
In another video, the CEO can be heard telling a shareholder, “You don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re just wrong. You’re just wrong across the board. There are no synthetic shares.”
Despite not being one of the most peppy AMC updates, it sure is something worth raising awareness about.
What the CEO says and what you have seen are going to reinforce your conviction or lack thereof.
However, there are always two sides to a coin.
In the full video, you can also hear the CEO state that essentially running the company fundamentally is more important than the manipulation happening in the company stock.
The clips are rubbing many investors the wrong way but shouldn’t be take completely out of context.
Still, investors feel the CEO should not discuss market injustices if he’s not willing to tackle them.
Why is This Important?
There are millions of investors out there who have witnessed the market manipulation single handedly for years and now they’re being told it’s not important — or rather it doesn’t exist, when real data, reports, and whistleblowers have stated otherwise.
Though the CEOs controversial statements might have investors divided, it shouldn’t.
In the end, a shareholder is a shareholder and everyone has a choice to make based on what’s happening in the market and with the company.
Some shareholders are indifferent, simply waiting to collect profits when shorts start closing their positions.
AMC’s short interest is still high at 23.60%.
The short interest was lower when AMC shares ran up to its all-time high of $72 per share in 2021.
Time will tell where AMC’s share price goes from here on out.
What do you make of AMC’s CEO’s thoughts on the manipulation?
Was this the proper way to address shareholders and the community who have been fighting for change in the financial system?
Out of the market injustices that have occurred ever since the ‘meme stock’ frenzy, ‘We The Investors’ has established a legitimate voice for the retail community and has been able to speak to Chairman Gary Gensler on concerns and issues investors are currently facing.
We’ve also been able to raise enough awareness to bring certain issues to light by bigger media outlets, ensuring your voice is heard.
Leave your thoughts below.
Originally published on March 15, 2023.
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