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How Do Hedge Funds Manipulate The Stock Market?

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Market News: How hedge funds manipulate the stock market.

Hedge funds have been manipulating the stock market for decades.

But it wasn’t until now that a community has risen to raise awareness of market injustices.

The shorting of both AMC and GameStop stock have uncovered a number of nefarious strategies used against retail investors.

What is the SEC doing to regulate these financial entities?

We’re here to find out.

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Overleveraging Borrowed Shares

Hedge funds have an incredible supply of short shares available to borrow.

This advantage has allowed them to manipulate a stock’s share price by initiating short-ladder attacks.

While supply and demand are pushing a stock’s price up, hedge funds short the stock using an insane amount of leverage.

This predatorial strategy has yet to be announced as illegal nor has it been addressed by the SEC.

Off Exchange Trading

Hedge funds and market makers are getting away with being able to trade and swap stock in foreign exchanges where the stock’s price isn’t required to be disclosed.

They’re taking retail orders and, in a way, manipulating the circulating supply by not reporting accurate transactions.

We’ve seen this happen with Barclays.

Stock market manipulation
Barclays CEO, Jes Staley – Hedge fund manipulation

Reports by Finra have been made public detailing multiple fines on Barclays for inaccurate books and records.

Barclays is one of Citadel’s clearing houses.

Off exchange trading where transactions aren’t displayed on the list market such as the NYSE is a massive problem the SEC is still trying to figure out.

Though the SEC is trying to implement the D-Limit order that will allow stocks to trade under IEX, they’re having trouble from hedge funds and market makers.

Citadel has sued the SEC on this matter, we have yet to receive a public update on the case.

Related: 95% of Retail Orders Don’t Go Through the Lit Exchange

Naked Shorting

AMC and GameStop have had an incredible amount of FTDs, or failure-to-delivers.

These are orders that have not been executed in options, and are usually a result of a ‘short party’ not owning or not having all of the underlying asset.

This has led retail investors to the educated assessment that synthetic shares are floating in the market; shares known as naked shares used to short a stock.

According to Investopedia, “Despite being made illegal after the 2008–09 financial crisis, naked shorting continues to happen because of loopholes in rules and discrepancies between paper and electronic trading systems.”

Naked shorting has gone mainstream with CNBC’s Melissa Lee and Fox Business’s Charles Payne bringing light to this predatorial practice in the market.

Retail investors must use their voice to address these issues to the SEC.

Related: GTII Pursues Legal Action Against Naked Shorts

The Use of Mainstream Media Outlets

According to The Fool, you should invest in this or that “instead”.

We’ve seen the headlines countless times.

The Motley Fool is a source that provides its subscribers with hand-picked stocks with potential gains.

With tremendous respect, stick to what you do.

The integrity of this company is to help investors pick winning stocks, not to divert them from a stock due to its potential upside that can cause hedge fund partners to lose billions of dollars.

And that’s exactly what happened.

No matter how many times mainstream media outlets tried to divert retail investors from buying AMC stock, it cost hedge funds a lot of money all year.

And at the same time, a lot of retail investors have a lot of unrealized gains.

This ladies and gentlemen is how the media has tried to manipulate the performance of a stock.

This influence can sway a new retail investor from adding to the surging volume of shares being purchased in the market.

To the new retail investor – make your financial decisions based on your own due diligence.

Not on what media sources get paid to write about.

Yahoo Finance & InvestorPlace

Platforms such as Yahoo Finance & InvestorPlace have also had their fair share of negative headlines to try and divert the public from skyrocketing AMC to the moon.

With InvestorPlace even throwing a jab at GME investors saying, “If You’ve Made Money On GameStop, You’re Not An Investing Genius”.

Perhaps not, but I’m pretty certain these investors are wealthier than the person who came up with that punchline.

These media sources have been discouraging new retail investors from investing in AMC since the beginning of the year although the stock is up year-to-date!

Manipulation In the Stock Market

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Robing Hood? Stock market manipulation

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Robinhood scandal.

This is another form of manipulation in the stock market caused by the halt of buying power.

Robinhood prevented its users from buying stocks such as AMC and GME (GameStop) during GME’s bull run.

Although restrictions aren’t as tight anymore, we’re beginning to see trusted and beloved companies get exposed as hedge funds worst nightmares become a reality.

Today we’re seeing more people learn about how the stock market moves.

If more of the public is to understand how hedge funds pose a risk to our economy and businesses, we must expose these financial institutions for who they really are.

Read: Why new retail investors investing in AMC should avoid Robinhood

A House of Cards, r/superstonks (Reddit Post)

A Redditor just posted an insane amount of DD on Reddit.

This long form post discusses the transition from paper filled orders in the stock market to the use of computers going tracing back to the mid 80s.

The post reveals the beginning of issuing naked shares.

We’re also learning that a lot of transaction are being held by the actual institutions that are shorting these stocks.

Robinhood routes more than half of it’s customers to Citadel.

This information has now been disclosed via the Washington Post.

You can read the full Reddit post here.

Trey’s Trades does a quick breakdown on this DD as well.

The video is embedded for your viewing pleasure.

It costs retail investors nothing to hold, but it costs shorts and hedge funds money every day.

It’s only a matter of time before a squeeze occurs, no matter how manipulated the stock market gets.

Related: Citadel loses billions: Hedge funds are getting dragged down

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This platform will serve as a positive media outlet for the community and only spread factual documentation, and news related cited-sources.

I will not encourage retail investors to take a position in any stock.

However, I will outline the facts and evidence to help you make your own personal financial decision.

How can retail investors bring awareness to the community?

Retail investors can expose false information on social media to shine light on manipulation tactics driven by hedge fund partners.

Sharing factual and positive articles relating to the performance or analytics of a particular stock is another way the investing community can stay united.

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When Do Shorts Have to Close Their Positions in AMC?

When will shorts close their short positions in AMC? When will shorts cover AMC?
When will shorts close their positions in AMC? When will shorts cover AMC?

Every retail investor holding a position in AMC wants to know, when will shorts close their positions?

And I don’t blame you.

This one is a little tricky.

See, it’s like saying, “when will retail investors sell their positions?”

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Retail investors have been waiting patiently for AMC Entertainment stock to rip.

You’ve been holding through the ups and downs and even buying the dips.

And although we did see AMC’s share price surge in 2021, the short sellers are still here in 2023.

So, why aren’t shorts closing their positions yet?

What do retail investors need to do to squeeze hedge funds out of their money?

Let’s discuss it.

Are shorts obligated to close their positions?

When do shorts have to close their positions in AMC?

Let’s start with the fundamental question.

Are shorts obligated to close their positions?

Now, there are currently no rules regarding how long a short can hold before closing out their position.

However, lenders do have the right to demand the seller closes their position with minimal notice.

This is rare and only occurs if the the seller isn’t paying the interest fee, or the interest fee is ridiculously high.

“A short position may be maintained as long as the investor is able to honor the margin requirements and pay the required interest and the broker lending the shares allows them to be borrowed.” – Investopedia

When an interest fee is extremely high, it makes a stock difficult to borrow which obligates the short seller to close their positions.

Short sellers are burning big money to keep these positions open in 2023 though.

You’ll want to keep an eye on this interest as it will determine just how much shorts are bleeding.

I update AMC’s short interest data (and others) here daily.

Why does the “Cost to Borrow” fee matter?

The cost to borrow fee is an interest that short sellers must pay for borrowing AMC shares to short the company stock.

These fees are currently at an all-time high.

AMC short borrow fee interest

Short sellers will hold in hopes to drive AMC’s share price right back down to the floor.

However, AMC is trending upwards now and has absolutely no intention of going back down.

Analysts data and AI predictions all point towards a high possibility of a short squeeze.

Even Fintel’s short squeeze score has been as high as 80-90% in recent weeks.

AMC Short squeeze Score Fintel

This short borrow fee is going to continue to go up as AMC stock becomes harder to borrow.

For short sellers, a low short borrow fee is in their favor.

Hedge funds much rather pay the fee and stubbornly continue to hold their positions against retail investors.

But, if the short borrow fee is high enough to hurt the borrower, they will be more inclined to close their positions before losing an excruciating amount of money.

Just In: Short Sellers Are Down $81 Billion This Year

How can retail investors help drive the short borrow fee up?

Retail investors have helped drive the short borrow fee up simply by holding their positions.

When AMC squeezes, not every short will close their positions immediately.

This means retail investors won’t ever be able to time the high.

There will be short sellers who will continue to short even as share prices rise.

If we begin to see AMC’s price action rise monumentally, it is important to have a plan on how to take profits.

Just like a day trade, investors may be profitable for some time until they see gains turn into losses, which usually occurs due to greed in the markets.

This is what you want to avoid.

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What happens when a short close their position?

A short position will be profitable if it is closed at a lower price than the initial transaction; it is at a loss if it is closed at a higher price.

In AMC’s case, shorts who drove began to short around $5 but are still holding to-date are at a loss.

AMC is currently trading around $6.08 per share as of 2/2.

When there’s a ton of shorts closing (in a particular stock), it will result in a short squeeze.

What is a short squeeze?

What is a short squeeze?

A short squeeze occurs when a stock spikes in price action due to an increase of short-sellers closing out their positions.

We’ve seen a short squeeze happen with both GameStop and Volkswagen. GME topped almost $500 while Volkswagen spiked shy below $1,000 back in 2008.

Some short sellers closed in June of 2021 when AMC shares rose to $72 per share as well.

AMC’s price skyrockets to more than +3,000% that year!

Short squeezes are massively profitable for retail investors.

These phenomena are how people are able to accumulate wealth in such little time.

Read: 5 Big Signs Pointing to An AMC Short Squeeze

So, when will AMC shorts close?

When do shorts have to close their position?
When will shorts close their short positions in AMC? When will shorts cover AMC?

Instead of exiting, short sellers have been holding.

Just as retail investors have high conviction on massive price action, hedge funds still have conviction on shorting the company to delist it.

But AMC Entertainment isn’t going bankrupt and AMC shareholders aren’t leaving.

AMC said bankruptcy was no longer on the table years ago and some Wall Street analysts have said the industry is on a solid path to resurgence, via Hollywood Reporter.

In fact, the short thesis is beginning to change with many incredible developments happening in the movie theatre industry.

AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) is up more than 54% this year-to-date and it looks like the stock has bottomed out.

As we continue to see a high utilization and the short borrow fee increase, we can only expect shorts may be incentivized to close sooner than later.

Will AMC’s price action continue to go up?

AMC stock has always had high demand from shareholders.

While many of these retail activists continue to hold losses from June’s drop, it’s possible this changes – granted that short sellers close out their positions this year.

Short sellers will have the option to hold their loses on paper for months to come (with fees) or close their position at the current share prices.

Short selling is a risky business and bulls have sent a message – “we’re not leaving”.

With new titles coming to AMC movie theaters as well as new developments, we’re only going to continue to see a surge in price action due to an increase in the company’s fundamental growth.

Even if shorts continue to hold, lenders will eventually run up the interest rate again, forcing them to throw in the towel.

Leave a comment below and let the community know what a short squeeze would mean for you.

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GME Stock Sees a Massive Increase in Trading Volume

Stock Market News Today: GME Stock gets halted during surge.
Stock Market News Today: GME Stock gets halted during surge.

GME stock saw a massive increase in trading volume on Monday when the stock jumped to nearly $35 per share.

The surge came after S3 Partners CEO announced GME stock could go parabolic if it rose to $30 per share.

GameStop was halted twice on Monday after the market opened and has slowly trended downward since.

The stock was forced to lose its momentum despite the heavy trading volume seen early in the trading day.

GameStop’s volume surged nearly 5 times its average trading volume on Monday but was prohibited from surging.

GME Stock Halt October 31, 2022.

Retail investors are calling S3 Partner’s announcement a setup, or trap to burn shareholders.

But Wall Street can easily create a big sell order in the market despite of heavy volume from retail, the question here is why not go long with them?

Last year, GameStop and AMC shareholders were able to inflict hedge funds who were betting against the two companies with billions of dollars in losses.

Are retail and hedge funds at war with one another?

It certainly seems so.

Is a GameStop Short Squeeze Likely?

GameStop short squeeze

Despite the market advantages financial institutions have over retail investors, large continuous volume over a period of weeks could trigger bigger price action for GME stock.

One-day rallies of heavy buying volume isn’t enough to combat market makers.

Like last year, it’s going to take continuous buying pressure to compound the momentum that will likely result in a GME short squeeze.

But I’d love to know your thoughts on the matter.

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S3 Partners CEO Says GME Stock May Squeeze Again

GME Stock squeeze | S3 Partners GME parabolic news.
GME Stock squeeze | S3 Partners GME parabolic news.

S3 Partners CEO Bob Sloan said in an interview with Yahoo Finance that if GME stock goes above $30, “you could see something parabolic”.

Yahoo Finance asks the CEO if there is enough short activity or short volume in GameStop’s float to cause something at scale like what we saw in the beginning of 2021.

Bob Sloan says that if you look at GME, there is still one to two billion short on the stock.

He then warns that if the stock goes past $30, it’s very likely we see some massive upside.

Will GME Stock Squeeze in 2022?

GME Stock squeeze | S3 Partners GME parabolic news.
GME Stock squeeze | S3 Partners GME parabolic news.

S3 Partners CEO Bob Sloan says there’s a great probability of GME Stock going parabolic if it hits $30 per share due to the massive amount of short activity currently present.

S3 Partners provides data and predictive analytics.

The company also provides accurate and real-time short interest; logging how much is being borrowed or loaned in a float.

The high short interest in GameStop is what caused GME stock to skyrocket in late January of 2021.

Short sellers were forced to close their positions in GME stock when retail investors were able to push the stock price up as a collective.

The short covering further fueled the momentum and GameStop shares flew to nearly $400 per share.

AMC Entertainment had a similar occurrence when shares jumped from $2 per share to $20 per share.

In June, AMC rose again from $14 per share to its current all-time high of $72 per share.

Retail investors holding both stocks have been buying and holding for over a year now, anticipating even larger moves.

Related: AMC's Social Media Move is A Sleeping Giant

Are You Holding GME Stock?

GME Stock squeeze | S3 Partners GME parabolic news.

Leave your thoughts below.

Will GameStop squeeze again?

Or are we merely looking at another simple price runup.

I’d love to know what you think.

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Will GameStop See a Massive Short Squeeze in 2022?

GameStop Short Squeeze
GameStop GME stock – is GameStop Squeezable?

Just when we thought GameStop’s short squeeze was over we begin to see GME gain some momentum.

GameStop has been the heart of the wallstreetbets movement and continues to have a strong sentimental hold on retail investors and gamers alike.

The retail investors who missed GameStop’s first squeeze either bought AMC shares or bought GME while it was still high.

Today, the stock has undergone a 4-1 split.

So, will GameStop see a massive short squeeze again?

Here’s what we know.

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GME stock

GameStop closed at $40.53 on Wednesday, August 17th.

Trading volume is currently sitting at 9.3 million with 12.6 million now being GameStop’s average volume.

Understanding the short-seller

GameStop has taken the entire internet and finance world by a storm. What is happening nowadays.

Retail investors over at r/wallstreetbets have opened Pandora’s Box on short-sellers and hedge fund institutions.

Short-sellers are investors who short the stock.

Shorting a stock is the process by which sellers essentially bet on the stock price to drop.

They borrow stocks at a higher cost and sell the stock low, profiting the difference.

Short Selling GameStop Stock
How short selling works

We’ve seen GameStop drop down and consolidate at $40 after its gamma squeeze peaked close to $500 per share back in January.

And it recently went through a 4-1 stock split.

As of August 17th, it is trading at $40.53.

The stock has made a massive climb after some serious consolidation. It looks like GameStop is prepping itself for another gamma squeeze.

Could we finally see that GME squeeze everyone’s been waiting for?! I think its time.

See, GameStop’s short interest is still rather high and not all short sellers closed their positions back in January.

This means the stock still has loads of room to go bonkers.

What is a short-ladder attack?

short-ladder attack is a strategy performed by short-sellers where they bid on the stock at a significantly lower sell price and purchase it from one another.

Thus, driving the share price lower.

How do you spot a short-ladder attack?

When the stock knows nothing but gains, but something keeps pushing it down until over and over again, that’s when you’ll know.

Why GameStop has potential for a second short squeeze

  1. Short-sellers didn’t learn their lesson from the first time. GameStop stock is still being heavily shorted.
  2. With GameStop becoming a technology company, its value has not only significantly gone up but it now has even more potential to keep driving its momentum.
  3. Retail investors have a strong conviction towards GameStop investment. This means they’re not willing to sell the stock which in turn creates a supply and demand scenario with short-sellers who have to close their positions.
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Short Share Availability and Short Borrow Fee Rate

You can see GameStop’s short share availability and short borrow fee rate using this link (via. Short interest data)

This number of course changes every day and can be expected to rise as hedge funds continue to short GameStop stock.

However, the short borrow fee rate isn’t a catalyst for GME to squeeze.

I’m excited for my subcommunity that holds both GME and AMC stock because both are about to skyrocket past Pluto.

GME Stock Analysis

Roensch Capital goes over the data for trending stocks.

The information is very easy to understand and gives you insight in the market from an analysts perspective.

Be sure to check out recent videos as they’re being uploaded to stay updated with any changes that occur in the market with GameStop.

Important Advisory

It is important to note that I am not a licensed financial advisor.

Like many traders and self taught investors, all speculation is based on educated estimations based on highly reliable analysis, patterns, and documented news charts.

Volume is key to a second GameStop short squeeze

Just like AMC, GameStop will need to see a continuous runup in share volume.

When retail investors continue to buy and hold GameStop stock, short-sellers shorting the stock eventually have to buy back the stock.

This demand and supply scenario results in various gamma squeezes.

The gains we’ve seen with GameStop have been a series of gamma squeezes, or incremental gains.

Usually what follows after gamma squeezes is a short squeeze if it has enough volume.

The volume of shares depends on how much retail investors are purchasing GameStop stock or selling it.

GameStop Stock
This chart is only reference and is not GameStop’s current price – GameStop Squeezable

You can keep an eye on it via. Yahoo Finance.

How Soon Will A Second GameStop Short Squeeze Happen?

There is so much volatility occurring in the stock market at the moment.

Such volatility is usually a sign of an upcoming short squeeze as we saw back in January.

Not only are retail investors experiencing a lot of volatility, but GameStop stock seems to be in bullish territory which is great for volume.

FOMO (fear of missing out) continues to bring in new retail investors which is a great driving factor to the stocks volume.

GameStop announces fourth quarter earnings for 2020 (ARCHIVE)

GameStop announces fourth quarter earnings for 2020
is GameStop squeezable? – GameStop Short Squeeze

Saving GameStop

Retail investors now have the power to save any company they wish to save.

Now it’s only a matter of time for GameStop to step up and raise capital so that they can innovate and provide more value back.

GameStop is currently looking for ways to operate more efficiently.

While the Reddit community was able to keep them from going bankrupt, the company as a whole will need to continue kicking butt.

Here’s what’s been going on with GameStop recently.

Current GameStop news

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is GameStop still squeezable? – GameStop Short Squeeze
  • GameStop introduces Matt Furlong as the new CEO of the company.
  • GME shares are still up nearly 1100% this year-to-date with the company’s valuation at $15 billion.
  • Bullish GameStop options are still currently being heavily traded

Prior to GameStop, Matt Furlong worked at Amazon in Australia overseeing the growth of operations.

He also worked in brand and marketing for Procter & Gamble years before.

The skills to grow operations and to properly brand and market will benefit GameStop immensely.

What can retail investors do to tackle shorting?

If retail investors want to counter GameStop’s stock price from plummeting, they’ll have to continue to hold and buy the stock.

This short squeeze play will require patience.

Important advisory

If you hold a position in GameStop, it’s important that you ask yourself what your reason for holding is.

Does your DD provide you with the confidence to stick to it longer if need be?

If so, stick to your convictions and trust the process.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get in on GameStop before it gamma squeezed so I took a position in AMC instead.

Taking this position has been one of the best financial decisions I’ve ever made.

I would take a position in GameStop if it was more affordable.

Regardless, I like the stock and I love the community even more.

Will GameStop finally short squeeze?

I think GameStop is preparing itself to put short sellers out of their misery.

The stock has been havoc to hedge funds and we can tell they’re giving out primarily due to this massive breakthrough we’re seeing now.

And although I personally don’t hold GME stock, I have a lot of awesome memories at GameStop which I would actually like to share with you at the end of this article.

Now let’s talk about a little justice.

A major hedge fund that was attacking GameStop has now been reported to lose a significant amount of money.

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Melvin Capital suffered 49% loss 1st quarter

Melvin capital suffers 49% loss 1st quarter of 2021

Ladies and gentlemen this is massive. Melvin Capital is a hedge fund that has been shorting both GameStop and AMC stock.

Melvin Capital suffered a 49% loss its first quarter of 2021, via. Markets Insider.

Here’s why this matters:

  • Not only are shorts losing money every day but huge hedge funds are bleeding
  • This is a huge win for retail investors
  • Unless shorts close their positions, hedge funds will continue to suffer
  • Interest rates can skyrocket for short sellers enabling them to close their positions

Now the hedge fund is closing its doors this June 2022 after several losses.

We’ve see GameStop’s short borrow fee decrease but I wouldn’t be surprised if it begins moving back up very soon.

Hedge funds have been trying to obliterate our beloved GameStop from the face of the planet.

Something about them losing a lot of money feels like justice.

Believe me, I’m 100% for making money.

The ethical way.

You should be supporting beloved companies, not targeting them just because you see an opportunity to kick someone when they’re down.

Karma is about to get a lot worse for hedge funds betting against both GameStop and AMC.

Read: How do hedge funds manipulate the stock market?

Will GameStop stock go up again?

GameStop Stock News Today
GameStop Stock News.

As long as the stock continues to be shorted and held, GameStop can expect a series of gamma squeezes to continue pushing the stock up.

This will inevitably lead to the ultimate short squeeze.

Fundamentals can also drive GameStop’s stock price up.

The company will have to run efficiently by being able to meet projected goals.

Although this is not a fundamental play, mainstream media still has some influence over this.

Short sellers continue to face devastating losses from shorting GameStop.

Hedge funds are about to burn their second hand after playing with fire again.

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FAQs

Gamma squeeze vs Short squeeze

gamma squeeze are momentum gains. These usually occur from call options closing in the pocket resulting in heavy buys or purchases in the market.

short squeeze is vigorous and can spike with no warning. This is where you see 100% gains in a matter of seconds and minutes. A short squeeze can even reach 1000% and 10,000% gains.

Related: How High Can AMC Stock Price Skyrocket Up To?

What is your first GameStop memory?

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Do you remember your first GameStop memory?

I’m sure you have many.

I remember the first time my brother and I went inside a GameStop it was unreal.

It was my first time inside an actual video game store. T

he coolest thing was seeing how many different games and accessories they had for all the consoles at the time.

Some of the most awesome memories at GameStop was seeing that brand new game on display.

For me, it was Guitar Hero.

My god. Seeing all the marketing behind the game and the guitar in display was heaven.

I also remember the employees giving you close to nothing for a used game, lol.

What are some memories you have of GameStop?

I would love to hear from you.

Leave them in the comment below.

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10 Myths About The AMC Apes The Media Has Wrong

Apes Together Strong
Apes Together Strong – AMC Apes

Who are the AMC apes?

They’re the retail investors fighting for market change in our financial system.

We’re the ones who saved AMC and GameStop from going bankrupt.

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1. “Apes Have No Education”

Apes Together Strong

Apes actually come from a variety of backgrounds and yes, professions.

Retail investors in the community range from your average 9-5 hustlers to business owners, doctors, and even lawyers.

Though many identities are kept hidden, it’s not difficult to see why.

People from all over the world have become an ape for more reasons than just money.

2. “Apes Want To Overthrow The Government”

apes are exposing financial risks

Apes don’t want to overthrow the government, apes actually just want a fair market.

Contrary to how apes are portrayed in the mainstream media, the community is not made up of hooligans who want to overthrow the government.

Apes simply want government to hear the communities concerns regarding the market.

Hedge funds pose risks to our financial system.

The ape community has made it a mission to create real change for a fair market thus sparking a real movement.

3. Not Everyone Is A New Retail Investor

New Retail Investors

The community attracted many new retail investors.

However, many apes have been investing in the stock market for years.

I’ve actually provided the community with my personal long-term winning stock picks for when they’re ready to diversify.

Other apes in the community show new retail investors how to read chart patterns and even how to day-trade other plays that aren’t AMC or GME.

This is the community where the average person can not only learn how to invest in stocks, but also gain magnitudes of value and knowledge.

#4. We Don’t All Hang Out On Reddit

apes wallstreetbets reddit

Although apes started on Reddit, a lot of apes don’t actually affiliate themselves as a ‘Redditor’ or with r/wallstreetbets.

AMC and GME apes have separated from r/wallstreetbets mainly due to an increase in infiltration from shills, toxic persons who’s mission is to bring down the community.

Subcommunities are now much tighter around a variety of influencers within the community as a whole.

And although we don’t often identify as community leaders, influencers have done a great job at keeping retail investors together.

#5. We’re Not 19 Years Old

AMC Apes Retail Investors

Contrary to what the media might think, the ape community is not made up of 19 year-olds.

In fact, majority of apes are much older than that.

But, I won’t give that information out to marketers.

The community isn’t naïve, there are a lot of wise and intelligent people with real stories and lots of experience here.

The media often times portrays us as rebellious youngsters.

But I believe many of us will actually be the future leaders of our nation.

#6. We Don’t Actually Eat Crayons, Well Sorta

apes eating crayons

Eating crayons is a taunt and is part of the ape community culture.

It’s a message to smart money that we’re dumb money, yet we’re making money while they lose it by shorting AMC and GME stock.

The meaning of eating crayons originally separated us from formally gathering as a community to buy these stocks.

“Buy and hold, but what do I know, I’m just a crayon eating ape.”

Although I must say, I wouldn’t be surprised if some apes do consume these delicious snacks 😅😂.

#7. “Apes Just Want To Make Quick Money”

apes don't day trade amc or gamestop

If apes wanted to make quick money, then the community would be day-trading AMC and GME stock.

However, that is not the ape way.

Apes buy and hold the stock.

Seasoned apes who got in early could have cashed out tremendous amounts of gains but continue to hold because it’s not about making a quick buck.

It’s about making life changing money through a short squeeze play.

Apes have a why.

In fact, leave a comment below what your why is.

Why do you hold AMC and/or GME stock?

#8. “Apes Worship Adam Aron and Ryan Cohen”

AMC and GameStop Partnership

The community has a tremendous amount of respect for AMC CEO, Adam Aron and GameStop Chairman, Ryan Cohen.

We support them because they’re running the businesses of America’s two favorite stocks.

We want to see them succeed, but we don’t worship them.

In fact, most apes are willing to continue investing in both companies after MOASS, especially if a dividend is announced.

#9. We’re Actually Not Jim Cramer’s Friend

Jim Cramer AMC Apes

Despite The Street’s Jim Cramer portraying to be close to the ape community, he can’t sit with us.

Few apes actually respect the guy, but he can’t sit with us.

Did I mention that?

Mr. Cramer has just contradicted himself too much and the community is huge on trust.

We have more trust for FOX’s Charles Payne and CNBC’s Melissa Lee.

#10. Apes Invest In More Than Just ‘Meme Stocks’

Apes invest in more than just meme stocks

The ape community might have a ton of new retail investors only dedicated to AMC or GME stock specifically.

However, many apes are also invested in other assets such as crypto and even NFTs.

Apes are the retail investors who are finding the early plays and putting their money to work for long-term financial gain.

Some popular crypto apes are currently invested in are Dogecoin and Shiba Inu coin.

These Retail Investors Fight For What’s Right

The AMC and GME communities are a beacon for change.

We seek to establish a fair market so that future generations no longer get taken advantage of by corrupt hedge funds and financial institutions.

I’m confident the fight for a fair market will further continue even after AMC and GME MOASS.

What else does mainstream media need to know about the community?

Leave a comment below.

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What Are Dark Pools in Stock Trading? (AMC)

What are dark pools in the stock market?
AMC Dark Pool

Dark pools are somewhat of a mystery to new retail investors. We hear about them a lot within the AMC community, especially through Trey’s Trades. We know that they allow hedge funds to make undocumented trades behind doors.

So what exactly are dark pools? And, is something being done about them? I want to expose this subject today.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – the blog that protects retail investors from FUD media. Today we’re discussing dark pools.

Lets get started!

What is a dark pool?

A dark pool is basically a financial forum or platform for trading stocks or other securities. Dark pools are privately organized and are known to be an alternative trading system.

These ATS’s are seldomly regulated.

The concerns regarding dark pools and AMC Entertainment has been that we simply don’t know what these communities are hiding from the SEC. This slimy strategy is what’s known as backdoor buying and selling.

Why are dark pools used?

Dark pools give hedge funds an advantage in the sense that they are able to conceal their moves. We can only speculate what type of information is being hid from the public here. Details within these dark pools are not accessible by the trading public.

This lack of transparency may allow dark pools to conceal information such as:

  • The illicit activity of naked shorting
  • Explanations behind millions of fails-to-delivers
  • Any discussion regarding malpractice in the market
  • Inaccurate filings and reports

Dark pools can very well be the place where short sellers get together to discuss strategies and the ruining of companies.

It could be the reason why we don’t know how many short sellers are shorting ‘meme stocks’ and other information that would otherwise prove a fair market for both institutions and retail investors.

Is the SEC looking into dark pools?

SEC dark pools gary gensler

In a recent article regarding the high possibilities of automated margin calls, I point out some research I found on Gary Gensler, Chairman of the SEC.

He publicly announces that the SEC has been observing hedge fund activities since January and are taking action to regulate these entities shorting AMC and other ‘meme stocks’.

One of Gary’s proposals states that hedge funds could face 13-F filings. These filings would provide the SEC with insight on equity as well as dark pool disclosure.

I trust we will begin to see this new chairman make the right calls. It’s time for change and our generation will be the ones to make it happen.

Dark pools could explain the low short borrow fee

Could dark pools be the explanation as to why the short borrow fee is so low for hedge funds shorting AMC and GameStop? Now, because so much information is in the shadows, this of course is only speculation.

According to Investopedia, dark pools can charge lower fees than exchanges because they are often housed within a large firm and not necessarily a bank.

dark pools Investopedia
via. Investopedia

Why do these large firms (hedge funds) have this much power in the first place? This advantage is completely deceitful and unruly. It really does make you look at the SEC and think why in the world has no one taken action sooner.

Are dark pools illegal?

Dark pools are not illegal but they are certainly unethical. Per the SEC, we can expect real regulation to surround these exchanges relatively soon.

Bloomberg Tradebook

bloomberg tradebook dark pool SEC

The Bloomberg Tradebook is a dark pool that is owned by Bloomberg LP. Bloomberg is a financial media company that has been trashing AMC Entertainment for quite some time now.

Bloomberg has published FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) articles in efforts to scare people out of their money. This raises questions regarding the ethics of these manipulators who gather behind close doors in order to stray the public from squeezing shorts out of their positions.

Other dark pool exchanges

Institutions such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs also offer private trading to their clients through the use of dark pools.

The main concern here is that the information that is made public to the SEC can easily be manipulated. Mainly to conceal foul play and inaccurate information.

The information that is available on Stonk-O-Tracker regarding AMC and dark pools is the percentage of trading within these forums/exchanges; which is usually relatively high.

How does this affect AMC stock?

AMC stock

These private exchanges may be illegally trading naked shares behind close doors refraining AMC’s stock price from further climbing. Although AMC is up nearly 3000% year-to-date, hedge funds continue to attack it through sell walls and short ladder attacks.

And since these private forums could potentially have been getting away with inaccurate reports, the possibility of foul play in the market is certainly there.

AMC Dark Pool Trading

Andrew Hiesinger, CEO of Quant Data took to Twitter to expose AMC’s current dark pool trading volume.

Quant Data provides retail investors with real-time options order flow, alerts, dark pool prints & levels, and news. There has been approximately 34 million shares exchanged in dark pools just in today’s trading day (8/18).

This equates to $1,268,475,800.46 in notional value, says Andrew.

Andrew Hiesinger AMC Dark Pool Data

64.21% of trading in dark pools won’t allow AMC’s stock price to reflect the actual price action. This primarily because this amount of trading is done behind closed doors where buy orders aren’t being reported.

This form of manipulation is clouding AMC’s real share price. #DarkPoolAbuse has been trending on Twitter.

Bookmark this article for updated news on dark pool abuse in AMC.

How can retail investors fight these predatory trading practices?

Retail investors have several advantages over hedge funds shorting AMC and other ‘meme stocks’. The community must stay the course if they are to squeeze these short sellers out of their positions.

Not only are hedge funds losing billions, but the SEC has finally begun to implement new regulations that could automate margin calls in overleveraged accounts. I’m personally not worried. These house of cards are falling at the times they should.

Read: 6 things retail investors holding AMC stock should know

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Will GME Stock Split Force a Short Squeeze?

GME Stock Split

GameStop announced a GME stock split late March which should have received more attention than it did.

GME stock surged afterhours when the announcement was made public but failed to maintain its momentum as we’ve seen in the weeks since.

What will this split/dividend mean for shareholders and short sellers alike?

Let’s break it down together.

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GameStop announces stock split in form of dividend

GameStop stock split dividend

Let’s discuss what a GME stock split in the form of a dividend would mean for both shareholders and short sellers.

When GameStop first announced the stock split/dividend news, I published an article breaking down how a stock split and dividend essentially work.

You can read the article here for a more in-depth description on the two.

But no matter how you take it, one thing is certain.

The borrower of the stock is responsible for paying any dividends to the lenders.

Here’s what we can see happen before the split/dividend.

1. Continuous shorting in GME stock

I don’t expect short sellers to ease off shorting GME stock prior to a stock split or dividend.

Afterall, we are in a bear market.

So, the market sentiment overall continues to be on a downtrend.

In a recent article titled, “How close are AMC and GameStop to squeezing?“, I explain how a bull market will trigger massive price action in both these stocks.

Primarily because the market sentiment during this time will be sending share prices upward.

Shorts will have to close to their positions to profit from this bear market, or face riskier bets on the way up.

So, while the GME stock split is bullish in nature, stocks are being kept in line due to the bearish course of the markets in general.

2. Gamma prior to approval of stock split/dividend

GameStop’s stock split/dividend still has to be approved by the board and shareholders.

The game retailer merely announced the move; however, it must undergo the approval process.

You can bet short sellers will be on a ticking time bomb before this process goes into full effect.

You see, the lender is going to want their dividend.

If you short sellers don’t want to pay this dividend to the lender, they’ll have to return the shares they borrowed in the first place.

This is where we can expect to see big gamma occur prior to GME’s stock split becoming official.

What will happen if shorts don’t deliver borrowed shares before stock split?

If GameStop’s price surges, shorts will accrue greater losses and the lender will still require shorts to pay back that dividend.

Any dilution from a stock split won’t necessarily affect short sellers, but if a dividend is approved then shorts will have to pay that dividend to the lender.

The issue of a stock split/dividend has often been seen as bullish.

Shorts betting on this play could be exposing themselves to very big risks.

Will a GME stock split or dividend expose naked shares?

There’s this concept floating around that a GME stock split or dividend yield will expose many more shares are circulating the market than there are in existence.

I can’t speak too much on this, but I would love to know your thoughts on this below.

It’s an interesting concept that would essentially unveil millions to billions of synthetic shares.

The premise behind this concept is to expose the shares and get short sellers to close every single share, resulting in a GameStop MOASS (mother of all short squeezes).

Leave your thoughts in the comment section of the blog.

What will this move mean for shareholders?

GameStop shareholders will be able to vote on this GME stock split/dividend.

A stock split will dilute the float providing shareholders with more GME stock shares at a lower price.

An approved divided will yield quarterly or yearly compensation for holding the stock.

It’s extremely bullish if you’re a shareholder and believe in the company’s long-term vision.

GameStop and Loopring just launched their beta NFT marketplace last month.

The company is evolving into a tech company with its ecommerce foundation and use of blockchain technology, which we will see more of in the metaverse without a doubt.

GameStop is adapting to the use of new technology for the future of gaming and I’m excited to see this space evolve.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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How Close Are AMC and GameStop to Squeezing?

AMC and GameStop Squeezing
What will take AMC and GameStop to squeeze? And how soon will this happen?

AMC and GameStop seemed to begin squeezing in late March before being halted.

Both these stock’s short interest has not changed which means shorts have not closed their positions.

AMC and GameStop are both down 10%-20% on the five-day chart.

Volume has also significantly dropped during this bear market, which is normal.

Let’s break it down together.

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AMC and GameStop are overdue for massive price action

AMC and GameStop

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from both AMC and GameStop over the last year, it’s that they move in very similar ways.

Both these momentum stock have very similar short interest data as well.

AMC SI: 20.59% | Utilization: 100 | Shares on loan: 136.54m

GME SI: 21.63% | Utilization: 100 | Shares on loan: 20.14m

(Short interest updated daily here)

The biggest and most notable difference here being the number of shares on loan.

The short interest essentially shows us the percentage of the float that is being shorted.

We can see that millions of shares have been on loan.

These shares have to be bought back or returned at some point.

And when they are, it’s going to cause AMC and GME to squeeze.

Because we are in a bear market, it’s more likely we will see shorts close as we transition towards a bull market.

But more on that below.

Trading volume

AMC and GameStop began squeezing after trading volume surged more than 3-4 times their average volume.

The trading halt, which lasted no more than a few minutes became a lifeline for short sellers who would have been squeezed from their positions.

The two stocks saw massive price surges in late March when the market opened.

That same week we saw dark pool trading volume surge as momentum skyrocketed in both AMC and GME stock.

Since the halt, AMC and GameStop’s share price and volume has dropped, essentially erasing gains from the previous moves.

Was this market manipulation?

Several retail investors seem to think so.

The halts prevented both AMC and GameStop from squeezing shorts out of their positions.

AMC topped $34; GameStop topped $199 only moments before trading was halted.

But this halt was only meant to keep these stocks in line with the rest of the market.

Things are going to change very drastically as we re-enter a bull market.

Squeezing shorts is only a matter of time

The best approach to squeezing shorts from their positions seems to be more of a long-term strategy now than it was back in January of last year.

Both AMC and GameStop have established new grounds to work with.

We saw this happen with Tesla as it too was heavily attacked by short sellers at some point.

Tesla’s growth accumulated over time despite the heavy short selling.

Its highly likely we see a similar trend occur with AMC and GameStop.

Is there a short-term scenario where shorts get squeezed from their positions?

Absolutely.

I believe that as we re-enter a bull market, small and midcap companies will surge, enabling current shorts to close their positions.

And as traders begin to shift to call options, I expect massive price runups to go into full effect.

Institutions and traders are currently hedging against their positions in the market with puts.

This is just something bulls will have to weather out for now until the market becomes bullish again.

And you’ll see that these switches are very common in the market.

Bear markets don’t tend to last as long as bull markets.

The average bull market lasts anywhere between 973 days to 2.7 years according to Forbes.

They’ve also occurred for 78% of the time in the past 91 years.

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AMC and GME Stock Get Halted During Trading Surge

AMC and GameStop Halts
Halts are happening again as ‘meme stocks’ soar in volume and price

AMC and GameStop were halted shortly after the market opened this morning.

AMC stock reached a high of $34.09 and GameStop reached a high $199.24 before plunging.

The halts seized the ‘meme stocks’ from soaring, momentarily freezing momentum.

Shareholders might recall halts occurred last year as well before ‘meme stocks’ reached all-time highs.

Let’s discuss it.

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Momentum triggers gamma halts in AMC and GameStop

Both AMC and GameStop have more than 3 times their average trading volume today.

Could these early gamma squeezes have triggered a short squeeze in both AMC and GameStop had the stocks not been halted?

It’s certainly possible.

Although, it’s no secret these halts play in financial institutions’ favor.

Perpetual momentum could cause significant damage to institutions short on these plays.

The halts are not there for retail to regain composure, it’s for short sellers to regain their composure.

It gives financial institutions time to access the situation as it is no longer in their control.

The only control market makers have during these volatile swings are when to pause the game for themselves.

The thing is, when they resume retail investors will still be there.

So, while market makers might be able to slow down the process, they cannot prevent the inevitable.

Is history about to repeat itself?

AMC and GameStop along with other ‘meme stocks’ were halted in January of 2021.

Not only did these halts prevent these stocks from surging but Robinhood also froze the ability to purchase them.

AMC experienced halts again in May before its price ran up to more than $72 per share.

Retail investors were temporarily prohibited from purchasing the stock like they were in January.

Retail investors should view these halts as confirmation massive gains are coming in the near future.

While minor setbacks such halts might discourage bullish investors, it’s important to zoom out and look at the broader picture.

AMC stock is up more than 57% in the last five trading days.

And GameStop is up more than 36% in the last five trading days.

More than 56% of retail investors own GameStop and more than 90% of retail owns AMC Entertainment.

No one in the community is going to quit the crusade against crime in the markets due to halts.

What to look out for this week

AMC stock halted
AMC Stock Halted | GME Halt | GameStop Halt | AMC and GME Halt

Here’s what we can expect this week for AMC and GameStop.

  1. Surge in trading volume
  2. Short and distort campaigns

We can expect the same surges in volume throughout the week for both AMC and GameStop.

Retail investors are not letting off the gas pedal and short sellers know this.

For this reason, we can expect short and distort campaigns to take full flight again.

Corporate media has taken shots at AMC and GameStop for over a year, what’s to stop them now?

Despite the adversity, shorts have not closed their positions which means these two stocks have a lot of room for growth.

AMC currently has a short interest of 20.99% and GameStop has a short interest of 24.62%.

I update a list of heavily shorted stocks here daily so be sure to bookmark the page.

The short interest shows us the percentage of a stock’s float that is shorted.

10% is typically considered to be high while anything above 20% is out of the norm and deemed as ‘extremely high’ short interest.

We can spot some short covering as the short interest begins to decrease.

Are short squeezes on the horizon?

An AMC or GME short squeeze may happen at any moment.

This is why it’s imperative that shareholders hold the stock.

Investors are creating pressure through buying momentum, which increases the probability of runups and short covering.

AMC short sellers have suffered more than $750 million in the past two weeks.

Last week GME short sellers lost almost $500 million in one day alone.

The odds are definitely in retail’s favor.

Shorting AMC and GME stock will prove to be one of the riskiest bets in stock market history.

The pressure is certainly on and I’m excited to see retail come out at the end of this victorious.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Do you own AMC and GME stock?

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