AMC’s Preferred Equity, APE, topped $304.9 million in FTDs last year.
The FTDs are reported for the month of August, per Stocksera.
FTDs, or Failure-to-deliver occurs when one party in a trading contract (whether it’s shares, futures, or options) fails to deliver on their obligations.
These failures derive due to buyers not having enough money to take delivery and pay for the transaction at settlement.
In the case of sellers, it means not having the goods to meet that transaction.
Failure-to-deliver can occur in options trading or when selling short naked, per Investopedia.
AMC Entertainment has been a big target for short sellers looking to profit from the demise of the century old movie theatre chain.
The alarming amount of APE FTDs further proves this.
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Clearing houses attack APE
According to Investopedia, APE FTDs can also occur if there is a technical problem in the settlement process carried out by the respective parties (clearing houses).
There’s a major conflict of interest when Citadel Clearing LLC transacts orders worldwide.
Ken Griffin’s Citadel LLC is short on AMC Entertainment stock, so we can see how utilities play out in the hedge fund’s favor.
It’s unlikely FTDs have been a result of retail buyers since the majority are purchasing the equity on cash accounts where orders execute almost immediately.
Naked short selling seems to be the most probable cause here as $APE has tumbled despite heavy retail interest.
The large amount of FTDs is manipulative and quite common in stocks such as AMC and GameStop.
Retail investors have taken it to Twitter to express their concerns to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler.
And although activists continue to engage the Chairman, no action has taken place to justify the ongoing market manipulation in APE, AMC, and GameStop.
Others are suggesting protesting outside SEC locations across the country.
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