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.
AMC Issues Warning of Possible APE Short Squeeze
That same month in October, AMC released a statement warning short sellers of the possible losses they could incur in the event of a short squeeze.
“purchasers of our Class A common stock and AMC Preferred Equity Units could incur substantial losses if there are declines in market prices driven by a return to earlier valuations; to the extent volatility in our Class A common stock and AMC Preferred Equity Units is caused, or may from time to time be caused, as has widely been reported, by a “short squeeze” in which coordinated trading activity causes a spike in the market price of our Class A common stock and AMC Preferred Equity Units as traders with a short position make market purchases to avoid or to mitigate potential losses, investors purchase at inflated prices unrelated to our financial performance or prospects, and may thereafter suffer substantial losses as prices decline.”
Retail investors have been buying APE stock in efforts to trigger a short squeeze like when shareholders drove AMC’s share price from $14 to $72 per share.
While one might argue that the price surge wasn’t an actual squeeze, it was certainly a significant move to the upside.
Especially after trading at $2 prior to the ‘meme stock’ frenzy.
Will shareholders be successful at creating a short squeeze for APE?
Afterall, APE is currently one of the most shorted stocks in the market.
“If you can afford to hold the stock, you hold. I don’t own it, but that’s what I would do.
Why? because when RH and the other online brokers open it back up to buyers, then we will see what WSB is really made of. That is when you get to make it all work.
I have no doubt that there are funds and big players that have shorted this stock again thinking they are smarter than everyone on WSB.
I know you are going to hate to hear this, but the lower it goes, the more powerful WSB can be stepping up to buy the stock again. The only question is what broker do you use. Do you stay with RH, who is going to have the same liquidity problems over and over again, or do you as a group find a broker with a far, far, far better balance sheet that won’t cut you off and then go ham on Wall Street.”
Now, although Yahoo Finance listed both AMC and GameStop tied to Mark Cuban’s stock portfolio, he said in the AMA that he does not own them.
An out of touch Gary Gensler has made it rather clear that keeping his job is more important than actually enforcing the law.
Here’s what Mark Cuban had to say about the SEC:
“The SEC is a mess. I wouldn’t trust them to do the right thing ever. It’s an agency built by and for lawyers to be lawyers and win cases rather than do the right thing
If the SEC gave a shit about ANYONE other than Wall Street you would be able to go there right now and read bright line guidelines about insider trading, shorting, what is a pump and dump, what are the rules for cutting off the purchase of stocks like happened with GME et al
But they won’t. They would rather litigate to regulate, which means they love to sue people in order to create new legal precedents.
All you need to know about the SEC and how badly they want to fuck the little guy is that they have the option of using JUDGES THAT WORK FOR THE SEC when they sue you rather than you have the option to have jury of your peers in front of a judge that is independent. Thats how bad the SEC is. If you want fair markets that doesn’t benefit Wall Street call your local politician and show them this.”
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Amazon Sparks Theatrical Release Competition
Amazon is now setting itself up as a direct competitor to major studios such as Paramount Pictures in its new multi-billion-dollar investment plan to release several films in theatres.
While most major studios have been around for a long time, Amazon is coming in hot with the news that has AMC shareholders in particular excited for the fundamental growth of the movie theater business.
Shares of AMC surged more than 6% amidst the announcement.
Volume picked up as well, exceeding its average volume of 26 million to more than 30 million.
The news is huge for the movie theatre industry who Wall Street has bet against for the past several years, but more specifically since the start of 2021.
Retail investors are now armed with massive confidence in the movie theatre industry.
This news has the potential to spark heavy buying in movie theatre stocks such as AMC again.
One thing is certain, movie theatres and shareholders aren’t leaving, sorry Charles Gasparino.
CNBC Says Amazon News is a ‘Positive Sign’ for Movie Theatre Industry
“While a $1 billion annual investment for film development is on the lower end of what major Hollywood studios spend each year, it’s a positive sign for the movie theater business, which has struggled in the wake of the pandemic.”
Is the narrative changing?
Is now time for short sellers to throw in the towel before large institutions go long and begin piling in?
Despite AMC Entertainment beating earnings expectations every quarter since 2021, short sellers on Wall Street have aimed at shorting the company out of existence.
But the retail community made up of millions of investors have been the strongest support for AMC Entertainment.