Retail investors have been waiting for big institutions to close their short positions in AMC for over a year now.
Many short positions in AMC Entertainment stock still remained open after January’s and May’s runup last year.
This year’s bear market has dropped stock prices back to all-time lows.
Will this provide institutions with incentive to close short positions in AMC now?
Let’s discuss it below.
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AMC drops to all-time lows again
The entire market is on a free-fall.
AMC Entertainment stock managed to fall below $13 on Monday despite heavy buying volume.
These predatorial strategies have retail investors pinned and losing money on their investment.
The economy’s health isn’t helping much either, but further fueling the market’s stress.
Interest rates are rising, inflation is at an all-time high, and the U.S is battling several issues outside the country with Russia and Ukraine, and at home.
Today’s economy has the entire market beat.
And AMC Entertainment is no exception the free-fall despite the company’s continuous progress.
AMC has become a trading ground
Traders and institutions are trading AMC at all times.
At some point, positions will have to get closed.
DTCC B16845-22 raised margin requirements by 25% for stock trading above $10 per share.
If AMC stock drops below $10 per share, then margin requirements will be raised to 30%.
This is rather significant because it requires institutions shorting AMC stock to carry more collateral.
Unfortunately for the rest of the market, institutions will continue to create massive selloffs just to keep up with these margin requirements.
But it gets worse for them because the lower AMC drops, the more collateral will be required of them.
Financial institutions are being stretched beyond their means and it’s not going to end well for them.
We’ve already seen hedge funds fall – and we can expect this trend to continue.
Could institutions be preparing to close short positions?
Institutions will eventually begin to hedge on the upside (long).
For this to happen, they will need to identify the market’s bottom.
Economists believe there is still quite aways to go before the market begins bottoming out.
Others such as Forbes believes the stock market is finishing this crater of a selloff.
With this in mind, institutions always strategize when it comes to market conditions.
It is very possible AMC short sellers could begin to close their positions as the markets begin to bottom out.
When this will occur is unknown.
No one has been able to perfectly time the market; however, there are always signals in the market that allow investors to foresee specific trends.
A reversal is imminent
Despite where the bottom lies, investors holding AMC stock should know that a reversal is imminent.
A reversal is a change in the price of an asset which can occur to the upside or downside – depending on a securities’ current trendline.
For AMC, a reversal would push the stock up.
Not only is a reversal imminent for AMC stock, but for the entire market as well.
Stocks can’t keep going down forever, at some point they must go up again.
I have a feeling this is going to be one of the biggest reversals in history.
I’m interested to learn what you think.
Leave a comment down below.
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