Article: Stunning Confessions of a Short Seller

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Stunning Confessions of a Short Seller
Michelle Celarier, 22 June 2021

Anonymous short activist Rota Fortunae profited from put options on Farmland Partners — and now admits the relevant report he authored was riddled with errors.

The proliferation of short activist research in recent years has raised red flags about some of the originality, accuracy, and depth of these works — especially when combined with put options that are timed to coincide with the publication of reports that might send the stocks into a tailspin.

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Article: Short Selling and the New Market Manipulation

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Short Selling and the New Market Manipulation

John C. Coffee, Jr. and Joshua Mitts,  18 March 2019

Stock market manipulation has been around since shortly after stock markets were invented. Everyone is familiar with the methodology in the standard “pump and dump” scheme: False rumors are circulated, the stock is bid up by the manipulators, supply might be constrained, and, once the public’s appetite is aroused, the stock is dumped by the manipulators.

But the internet has changed all that. No need exists today for the boiler shop or its battery of phones or even carefully assembled lists of suckers. All that one needs today is to put one’s message (written under a pseudonym) on a blog that features hot news about individual stocks. Of these sites, the best known and most watched is Seeking Alpha, whose “Short Ideas” column contains numerous posts recommending that specific stocks be shorted. Reversing the old pattern, the focus is no longer on touting stocks for an immediate rise, but rather on suggesting a dark downside. Once the professional media may have played a gatekeeper role, refusing to publish wild and unsubstantiated reports. But on the blogs, it is the Wild West today. Continue reading “Article: Short Selling and the New Market Manipulation”

Article: PURE MARKET MANIPULATION CLAIMS REMAIN OUT OF REACH FOR SOME SHAREHOLDERS VICTIMIZED BY MYSTERIOUS STOCK PRICE REVERSALS

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PURE MARKET MANIPULATION CLAIMS REMAIN OUT OF REACH FOR SOME SHAREHOLDERS VICTIMIZED BY MYSTERIOUS STOCK PRICE REVERSALS

Emergent Law,  31 October 2017

Wins Finance Holdings Inc. (“Wins”), a company that guarantees loans and leases equipment for small businesses in China, has been the target of multiple securities class action lawsuits ever since the news broke in March of this year that it was under investigation by the SEC for market manipulation of its stock. Incredibly, the stock price of Wins soared over 4,000% since the inception of trading near the end of 2015, with no company news headlines to explain this market bubble. On March 30, 2017, the investment analytics site Seeking Alpha reported the SEC investigation and the fact that Wins had mislead the Russell Index into including the company based upon a false report of the location of its headquarters.

On this news, the stock price plunged back to levels below $50 per share, only to be followed by another mysterious spike up to the $200 level in the early summer of this year. On June 7, 2017, NASDAQ announced that it was halting trade in Wins stock pending the receipt of further information from the company. On August 4, 2017, NASDAQ sent Wins a delisting determination letter, but withdrew this letter on October 19, 2017. The stock remains halted while NASDAQ awaits further information from Wins. Continue reading “Article: PURE MARKET MANIPULATION CLAIMS REMAIN OUT OF REACH FOR SOME SHAREHOLDERS VICTIMIZED BY MYSTERIOUS STOCK PRICE REVERSALS”

Article: Jim Cramer Admits To Stock Manipulation When At Hedge Fund

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Jim Cramer Admits To Stock Manipulation When At Hedge Fund

Philip David, Seeking Alpha, 21 March 2007

My thanks to Trader Mike, who wrote a nice article on a subject we had been discussing all weekend on the member site as all the market manipulation of the past two days made me forget to talk about the evidence of market manipulation we uncovered last week.

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