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AMC Stock: Strategist Says Mother of All Short Squeezes is Here

Strategist Says Mother of All Short Squeezes is Here
Market News: Strategist says Mother of All Short Squeezes is Here.

Interactive Brokers Chief Strategist Steve Sosnick says there’s big demand to short AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) stock.

He says the biggest reason aside from the company’s fundamentals is its new merge with its equity (NYSE:APE).

“It’s very hard to keep the momentum in these things because economic reality does take hold.

Bed Bath & Beyond, at one point was the best performing stock on the board until reality set in and they began defaulting, averted bankruptcy, but using a deal that is so dilutive that it’s unavoidable.”

Sosnick says AMC is in a very special situation because of the proposal to merge APE with AMC common shares.

“Right now we’re seeing such a demand to short AMC partly because of its difficulties but partly because of the special situation.

This really is what they were looking for in some ways as the mother of all short squeezes.

The borrow rate, it costs you 700% to borrow the shares overnight — if you can find them,” said the Interactive Brokers Chief Strategist on Yahoo Finance.

Is AMC Entertainment stock about to squeeze this year?

Here are 5 big signs that point to a mother of all short squeezes.

#1. AMC’s Short Interest is Really High

AMC Stock: Mother of all short squeezes
AMC Stock: Mother of all short squeezes

A short squeeze requires a company to be heavily shorted, which AMC is.

AMC has a high short interest of 25%.

Did you know that before AMC’s share price surged from $14 per share to its all-time high of $72 per share it only had a short interest of 22%?

AMC’s short interest dropped from 22% to 14% as short sellers began to close their positions.

Well, I’m sorry to break it to skeptics, but AMC’s high short interest means there are shorts to squeeze.

I’d love to hear the rebuttal on this one; I don’t get the counterargument.

#2. There Are Millions of Shares on Loan

This ties back to AMC’s short interest data.

There are currently 197.10 million shares on loan, per Ortex.

These are shares that have been borrowed and not yet returned to the lender.

Hedge funds borrow these shares to short AMC stock.

At some point, these shares eventually have to be returned whether short sellers simply return them without necessarily selling them in the market, or through a ‘buy-back’ when closing their short positions.

Small spikes in AMC’s share price in correspondence with a drop in short interest suggests some short closing.

We’ve seen this on very high-volume trading days.

Now imagine all of these shares getting returned to the lender from shorts closing positions.

That’s a lot of buying power getting injected into the stock, forcing shares to spike.

Also known as a short squeeze.

#3. The Cost to Borrow AMC is Higher Than Ever

The cost to borrow is the annual fee hedge funds are paying to borrow shares to short the company stock.

AMC’s current CTB is a whopping 260%.

Hedge funds are currently paying more than $30 million monthly in fees alone.

This lucrative fee alone could incentivize short sellers to ditch this play and close their positions.

#4. AMC Entertainment Has the Community to Trigger Big Buying Pressure

AMC stock: mother of all short squeezes
AMC Stock: Mother of all short squeezes.

This is one of the biggest catalysts for an AMC short squeeze.

Why?

Because volume is what drove share prices up during the Wall Street Bets movement in GameStop, AMC, and other heavily shorted stocks at the time.

DFV knew that buying pressure is what would trigger spikes in GameStop, causing short sellers to run for the hills.

AMC shareholders replicated it in 2021, sending shares from $6 per share to $72 per share by literally buying every dip.

Yeah, it was wild -but it worked.

And shareholders haven’t left, they are still holding in 2023.

#5. The Company Isn’t Going Bankrupt

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Market News: Strategist says Mother of All Short Squeezes is Here (MOASS).

The short thesis made sense during the height of the pandemic when movie theatres were forced to close their doors to the public.

CEO Adam Aron said AMC Entertainment went from one day making millions per day to income suddenly halting due to the lockdowns.

But AMC Entertainment is no longer going bankrupt.

The company has improved and restructured its debt every quarter since 2021 and has beat earnings expectations ever since.

While the company does carry debt, Adam Aron has proved to be a master at raising cash from thin air.

Some of his efforts have included branded merchandise, the introduction of its equity APE, and through partnerships in the entertainment industry which Disney and Netflix.

The company is expected to launch a new credit card this year and put AMC branded popcorn in retail stores.

You can read more about AMC’s development’s here.

An AMC short squeeze isn’t as far-fetched as some might think

As you can see, there are no conspiracy theories or “what if’s”.

I’ve been documenting AMC’s short squeeze since 2021, shortly after shares rose to $22 per share and came back down in late January.

I witnessed months of momentum build until shares jumped to $72 per share.

And yes, it can be replicated.

Related: Will AMC Stock Squeeze in 2023?

Latest Naked Shorting News

Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS) clients have withdrawn billions of dollars.

In November, the bank warned investors in a 6-K filing of potential losses due to naked short covering.

Disarming these types of overleveraged positions won’t be easy.

Credit Suisse took a massive hit of $4.09 billion in Q3 and hinted at occurring losses in an upturn in markets.

Now Credit Suisse as postponed publication of its annual report, per Reuters — more on that below.

The bank hired 20 banks for a $4 billion injection in effort to pivot from Q3’s disaster.

Is Credit Suisse on the verge of collapsing?

You can read more here.

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AMC Stock: SEC Violates 13-Day Threshold List Rule

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Market News Daily: SEC violates 13-day threshold list rule – AMC Stock.

AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) stock has now spent more than 25 trading days on the Threshold Securities List.

This means the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) is in direct violation of the 13-day threshold rule.

What is the 13-day threshold rule?

A broker-dealer with fail-to-deliver positions for 13 consecutive settlement days must immediately close out the ‘FTD’ position by purchasing shares in the open market.

There has been no ‘buy’ back of these AMC FTDs nor have we seen the company get removed from the NYSE Threshold Securities List.

AMC FTDs spiked up to more than $36 million in FTDs last month, through the report is still in the process of updating via T+35.

Last week, AMC Entertainment CEO said he asked FINRA and the NYSE to look closely at their stock due to the amounting FTDs.

“Many of you, and we, are aware that AMC Entertainment has been on ‘The Threshold List‘ for 3+ weeks, indicating a number of FTDs.

Some of you may be pleased to learn that we have contacted both FINRA and the NYSE asking that they both look closely at the trading of our stock.”

AMC Stock:  SEC violates 13-day threshold list rule.
AMC Stock: SEC violates 13-day threshold list rule.

A buyback of shares in the lit market would result in price action driving share prices up.

In the past month, AMC stock has fallen by nearly -15%.

What are FTDs?

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-delivers can occur in options trading or when selling short naked, per Investopedia.

According to Investopedia, AMC failure-to-delivers can also occur if there is a technical problem in the settlement process carried out by the respective parties (clearing houses).

Is the SEC Complicit in Market Injustices?

According to Patrick McConlogue, an ex-Citadel Data Scientist, rules tend to heavily favor hedge funds over the average investor.

Known for exposing Citadel during the ‘meme stock’ frenzy, Patrick says “the game is not fair and it never has been. Individual investors, even when operating in a swarm, are destined to lose. How do I know? I helped design the game.”

Many investors refuse to believe that FINRA or the NYSE will attend to AMC’s CEO Adam Aron in regard to the violation of the 13-day threshold rule.

These institutions have more power than the SEC themselves, how could these rules be enforced?

AMC shareholders are demanding a formal letter from the CEO showing proof of contact with our regulators.

No update since the initial announcement has been made public so far.

Related: Credit Suisse Warns Investors of Naked Short Covering

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AMC Failure-to-Delivers Are Skyrocketing Through the Roof

Market News: AMC Failure-to-delivers rise in February.
Market News: AMC Failure-to-delivers rise in February.

AMC failure-to-delivers (FTDs) have been begun to rise again.

FTDs topped 6.8 million in February (non-cumulative), amounting to more than $36 million in failed to close orders.

The data is still being reported which means there’s a possibility we may see higher FTDs once February’s entire month has been processed.

AMC failure to deliver
AMC FTDs – 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-delivers can occur in options trading or when selling short naked, per Investopedia.

According to Investopedia, AMC failure-to-delivers can also occur if there is a technical problem in the settlement process carried out by the respective parties (clearing houses).

Investors say there’s a major conflict of interest when Citadel Clearing LLC processes retail orders worldwide.

Are AMC’s FTDs a result of naked shorting?

Majority of the retail community seems to think so.

Companies are even beginning to take legal action against the predatorial short selling strategy.

GNS CEO Shares Petition to End Naked Shorting

Recently, Genius Group ($GNS) CEO Roger Hamilton shared a petition to end naked shorting in the market.

The Naked Shorts War activist urged the retail community to sign it in efforts to raise awareness of manipulative tactics that occur in the market every day.

“They’re predators. They’re doing something illegal, and we want it to stop”, says GNS CEO Roger Hamilton.

The Board of Directors of Genius Group Limited, a leading entrepreneur edtech and education group, approved at a meeting of the Board held on Wednesday 18th January 2023, an action plan to address illegal short selling of its stock.

AMC shareholders have criticized AMC CEO Adam Aron for not addressing the manipulation in AMC Entertainment stock.

This action plan includes creating a Board-led ‘Illegal Trading Task Force’ to actively pursue all possible actions together with the regulators in their discovery and prosecution of persons engaging in market manipulation involving the ordinary shares of Genius Group.

Waging war against naked shorts is something that won’t succeed so easily, but raising awareness is a sure way to start.

Related: $GNS, $MMTLP, Taking Regulators and Manipulation Head On

Are All AMC FTDs Caused by Naked Shorts?

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has said in the past that FTDs aren’t always the result of naked shares — but that’s as much as he’s mentioned the term.

FTDs can also result in buyers not having the funds to cover costs during execution of a security, though for retail investors this is a very unlikely scenario.

The stock market has seen its fair share of manipulation throughout the decades.

Institutions can spoof the market with ‘naked shares’ to move the price without ever having to take accountability for any real asset.

They can also lend shares they don’t own as IOUs and never have to take accountability when it comes to delivering them but rather simply reporting them as failure-to-delivers.

So, there are certainly loopholes our regulators must take into account.

And as far as the retail community is concerned, our regulators know all too well what’s occurring in the market.

Putting pressure on these regulators could be the first steps towards creating real change in the near future.

Retail investors might just be the ones to make history this decade.

Related: The SEC Green-Lighted Naked Shorting of IPOs in 2015

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AMC CEO Adam Aron Hints at Destroying Short Thesis

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Market News Daily: AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron hints at destroying Wall Street short thesis.

AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) CEO Adam Aron just hinted at destroying the short thesis.

The movie theatre chain has been under attack by short sellers since before the pandemic.

However, short sellers saw an opportunity when the world’s largest movie theatre chain closed its doors in 2020 due to the pandemic lockdowns.

Adam Aron says the company went from earning millions per month to $0 overnight during the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

When retail investors found how high the short interest data in AMC was, they piled up to squeeze short sellers from their positions by purchasing shares of the movie theater chain en masse.

At first, investors were able to drive AMC’s stock price to $20 in January.

Then, shareholders saw AMC stock hit an all-time high of $72 per share in June.

Since then, low borrow fees have made it easier for short sellers to bring the stock back down.

But now that short borrow fees have skyrocketed, retail investors have clearer runway to squeeze short sellers again.

Adam Aron on an AMC Short Squeeze

Adam Aron AMC Short Squeeze
AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron hints at destroying Wall Street short thesis.

AMC CEO Adam Aron has said in the past that to his personal knowledge, there are no synthetic AMC shares (naked shares used to illegally drive the price of a share down).

Genius Group (GNS) CEO Roger Hamilton, who is leading a group of CEOs to take legal action against short sellers and toxic lenders has reached out to Adam Aron in efforts to fight market injustices.

“It may boil down to this. Many of you are frustrated, strongly urging us to address market forces that you are convinced are unfair. We continuously think about what actions would be wise and CREDIBLE. Certainly good ideas: Build up our cash reserves and smartly lead AMC forward,” said Adam Aron on Twitter.

Some investors believe AMC’s debt covenants are restricting the CEO from speaking publicly about the short seller stock manipulation happening with AMC since the lenders themselves are short on AMC Entertainment stock.

Debt covenants are restrictions that lenders (creditors, debt holders, investors) put on lending agreements to limit the actions of the borrower (debtor), AMC Entertainment.

In other words, debt covenants are agreements between a company (AMC) and its lenders (Citi, Goldman, Credit Suisse) that the company will operate within certain rules set by the lenders.

Should a borrower violate a covenant, such as not maintaining a certain interest coverage ratio or engaging in unpermitted business activities, it may constitute a loan default, per The Balance.

Destroying the Short Thesis

On Twitter, Adam Aron responded directly to a user regarding AMC’s short thesis.

The user said, “Shorts attack companies they feel they can destroy. If you become a successful company you destroy a short’s thesis hence no logical reason to continue shorting. This is @CEOAdam strategy and the only strategy that has ever worked in the history of the market! #AMC#AMCSqueeze.”

To which the CEO answered:

“Joe, you nailed it. I could not have put it better myself”.

Adam Aron has made it clear that his way to tackle the short thesis is strictly through a fundamental process and strategy.

Some investors argue that he could tackle the short thesis both through fundamentals and legal action.

But as Roger Hamilton has stated, it might be best for a company to get their finances in order before proceeding with such a task.

Do you believe AMC Entertainment will end the short thesis once and for all?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Related: AMC Failure-to-Delivers Are Skyrocketing Through the Roof

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