Article: U.S. Futures Gain, Bond Rally Pauses as Fed Eyed: Markets Wrap

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U.S. Futures Gain, Bond Rally Pauses as Fed Eyed: Markets Wrap

Cecile Gutscher and Joanna Ossinger, 14 June 2021

U.S. equity futures and stocks posted modest gains Monday as investors prepared for a key Federal Reserve meeting later in the week. The rally in bond markets lost steam.

S&P 500 futures signaled the gauge was poised to add to Friday’s fresh record. An advance in European equities was led by shares in energy firms. The Treasury 10-year yield rose to 1.46% after hitting three-month lows on Thursday amid the biggest weekly slide since December. French and German government bond peers also reversed course with yields turning higher. Continue reading “Article: U.S. Futures Gain, Bond Rally Pauses as Fed Eyed: Markets Wrap”

Article: Musk Denies Bitcoin ‘Pump And Dump’—And Says Tesla Will Resume Transactions Once This Mining Goal Is Reached

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Musk Denies Bitcoin ‘Pump And Dump’—And Says Tesla Will Resume Transactions Once This Mining Goal Is Reached

Jonathan Ponciano, 13 June 2021

As the cryptocurrency market’s weeks-long rout continues, Tesla’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to refute claims that he engaged in a bitcoin pump-and-dump scheme earlier this year and said the electric-vehicle company would once again invest in the world’s largest cryptocurrency once its mining operations constitute a “reasonable” amount of clean energy usage. Continue reading “Article: Musk Denies Bitcoin ‘Pump And Dump’—And Says Tesla Will Resume Transactions Once This Mining Goal Is Reached”

Article: Sygnia CEO criticizes Elon Musk for alleged Bitcoin pump and dump

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Sygnia CEO criticizes Elon Musk for alleged Bitcoin pump and dump

SoTURNER WRIGHT, 11 June 2021

Magda Wierzycka, one of the richest women in South Africa and CEO of financial services company Sygnia, said Tesla CEO Elon Musk would likely have been investigated by authorities regarding recent allegations over his manipulation of crypto prices — if his target had been almost anything other than Bitcoin.

In an interview with Bruce Whitfield at the Money Show this week, Wierzycka said Musk’s recent social media activity on the price of Bitcoin (BTC) should have made him the subject of investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, if Bitcoin were more of a traditional company. The SEC previously accused the Tesla CEO of fraud for issuing false and misleading tweets in 2018, and was rumored to be investigating him for his pro-Dogecoin (DOGE) tweets earlier this year. Continue reading “Article: Sygnia CEO criticizes Elon Musk for alleged Bitcoin pump and dump”

Article: Tesla, Delta and Target Rise Premarket; Fastly Falls

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Tesla, Delta and Target Rise Premarket; Fastly Falls

Peter Nurse, 08 June 2021

Investing.com — Stocks in focus in premarket trade on Tuesday, June 8th. Please refresh for updates.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock rose 2.9% on strong sales in China, a major market for the electric vehicle maker, shrugging off the news that long-time executive Jerome Guillen, who headed up the commercial truck sector of the company, has left the company.

Clover Health (NASDAQ:CLOV) stock rose 35% as small-time retail investors again piled into some of the most heavily shorted U.S. stocks. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has said it was looking into signs of market manipulation following the social-media driven rally of a number of so-called meme stocks. Continue reading “Article: Tesla, Delta and Target Rise Premarket; Fastly Falls”

Article: SEC plans to go after market manipulation on social media, executive insider trading, Gensler says

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SEC plans to go after market manipulation on social media, executive insider trading, Gensler says

Chris Matthews, 07 June 2021

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler said Monday that his agency is focused on adopting new rules to guard against company executives using private information to opportunistically sell shares of companies they oversee, while acknowledging that the SEC must come up with new strategies to guard against market manipulation on social media.

The SEC adopted regulations about 20 years ago, called 10b5-1 plans, that enable company insiders to buy and sell securities in their own company if those transactions are made by a third party who is not aware of material, non-public information.

“In my view, these plans have led to real cracks in our insider trading regime,” Gensler said at the Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network Summit Monday.

One concern Gensler has is that there is no “cooling off period” mandated by the SEC for when a 10b5-1 plan is adopted and when it can start trading, though research shows that 40% of such plans begin trading within just two months after they are opened, while 14% start trading within a month.

Futhermore, there is no limitation as to how many 10b5-1 plans insiders can open, making it easier for an insider to shut down one or many plans if he has public information that suggests that it would be profitable to do so.

“Insiders can cancel a plan when they do have material non-public information. This seems upside-down to me. It also may undermine investor confidence,” Gensler said. “In my view, canceling a plan may be as economically significant as carrying out an actual transaction,” he added. “Thus, I’ve asked staff to consider limitations on when and how plans can be canceled.”

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Article: ‘Stopelon’ Group Protests Elon Musk’s Cryptocurrency ‘Market Manipulation’ Outside Tesla Fremont Factory

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‘Stopelon’ Group Protests Elon Musk’s Cryptocurrency ‘Market Manipulation’ Outside Tesla Fremont Factory

Madhukumar Warrier, 07 June 2021

Supporters of a new cryptocurrency named “StopElon” on Sunday protested outside Tesla Inc.’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Fremont factory over CEO Elon Musk’s involvement in the cryptocurrency market, according to a report by NBC Bay Area News.

What Happened: Activists of the “Stopelon” group alleged that Musk has far too much power over the cryptocurrency market. The group also wants Musk to be removed from the social media company Twitter Inc.’s (NYSE:TWTR) platform. Continue reading “Article: ‘Stopelon’ Group Protests Elon Musk’s Cryptocurrency ‘Market Manipulation’ Outside Tesla Fremont Factory”

Article: The Wheels Are Coming Off Tesla

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The Wheels Are Coming Off Tesla

JIM COLLINS, 04 June 2021

After today’s brutal miss on the jobs number — 559,000 actual vs. a 671,000 estimate was a 16.7% miss — the normal feedback loop commenced. Economy not that hot = interest rates down (the yield on the 10-year UST has ticked down today to 1.58%) = Nasdaq up. This has been the state of affairs in 2021. Is what it is. I don’t fight it, I just use these mindless bounces to reset my short positions.

Without entering into a long-winded diatribe about Elon Musk, Bitcoin, self-driving, etc., let me just note one key point that has become increasingly apparent to those of us who actually analyze fundamentals this week: the wheels are coming off Tesla (TSLA) . That is true both literally – Tesla has announced two separate recalls this week, the first covering 5,974 Models 3/Y in the U.S. and 734 in China over potentially loose brake caliper bolts and the second covering 7,696 3/Ys in the U.S. owing to potentially loose seatbelt fastener connections – and figuratively. Continue reading “Article: The Wheels Are Coming Off Tesla”

Article: Elon Musk is still facing SEC acting as Twitter police over his Tesla (TSLA) tweets

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Elon Musk is still facing SEC acting as Twitter police over his Tesla (TSLA) tweets

Fred Lambert, 01 June 2021

ew information is revealing that Elon Musk still has the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on his behind acting like Twitter police over his tweets about Tesla.

Tesla, Elon Musk, and the SEC
Musk and the SEC have had a few run-ins with each other, and it was rarely with a good outcome. Most famously, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Musk over his infamous “funding secured” comment regarding his failed attempt to take Tesla private back in 2018. The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) judged that Musk exaggerated when saying that the funding was “secured”: Continue reading “Article: Elon Musk is still facing SEC acting as Twitter police over his Tesla (TSLA) tweets”

Article: The Market Is Ripe For Another GameStop Saga

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The Market Is Ripe For Another GameStop Saga

Michael Kern , 31 May 2021

About three months ago, the investing world was left reeling after retail investors proved they can beat Wall Street at its own game.

Reddit group “r/Wallstreetbets” (aka WSB)–a longstanding subreddit channel created nearly a decade ago where more than 4 million Reddit users discuss highly speculative trading strategies and ideas–engaged in a crowdsourced pump-and-dump scheme that created massive volatility in the stock markets by buying heavily shorted stocks such as GameStop Inc. (NYSE:GME), AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE:AMC), and BlackBerry Inc. (NYSE:BB), among others. The massive buying wave created large short squeezes as hedge funds betting against these stocks rushed to cover their positions and cut losses after GME skyrocketed an unfathomable 1,500% in the space of a few days; AMC saw its share price triple while BB jumped 460% before they came crashing to the ground after popular zero-fee trading app Robinhood blocked trading activity. Continue reading “Article: The Market Is Ripe For Another GameStop Saga”

Article: Investors accuse Elon Musk of market manipulation, launches a new meme cryptocurrency – $STOPELON

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Investors accuse Elon Musk of market manipulation, launches a new meme cryptocurrency – $STOPELON

Afroz Ahmad, 25 May 2021

On his social media pages, billionaire Elon Musk has repeatedly endorsed cryptocurrencies. However, he seems divided regarding whether he is actually a supporter, especially after the recent market crash.

Many have appreciated his support for digital assets like Dogecoin and bitcoin. On the other hand, many people have accused him of manipulating the crypto market using his position and his huge following. Some crypto enthusiasts want Elon to stop tweeting about the subject, and focus more on building cars instead. As they are running a somewhat campaign against the CEO of Tesla. Continue reading “Article: Investors accuse Elon Musk of market manipulation, launches a new meme cryptocurrency – $STOPELON”

Article: China reiterates warning against cryptocurrency use in transactions

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China reiterates warning against cryptocurrency use in transactions

Eileen Yu, 19 May 2021

Three state-backed financial groups in China have issued a joint statement warning against the use of cryptocurrencies as payment, citing their volatility as a high risk. They further remind industry players that digital currencies cannot be used in any financial activities in the country.

National Internet Finance Association of China, China Banking Association, and Payment and Clearing Association of China said Tuesday that its members should not be involved in transactions dealing with cryptocurrencies. These included activities encompassing intermediary services that facilitate trading as well as the exchange of fiat money. Continue reading “Article: China reiterates warning against cryptocurrency use in transactions”

Article: Michael Burry Reveals Massive Tesla Short, Huge Inflationary Bet

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Michael Burry Reveals Massive Tesla Short, Huge Inflationary Bet

TYLER DURDEN, 17 May 2021

Today is the deadline for 13F filings and while we already know what most of the marquee hedge funds have done during the quarter thanks to previously leaked investor letters (with the notable exception of the Soros Family Office which we learned over the weekend bought some $375MM of the Archegos shares liquidated by its prime brokers in late March), one filing was of particular interest, that of Scion Asset Management’s Michael “Big Short” Burry. And boy were there surprises.

First, there is not even a trace of Burry’s previous interest in Gamestop or any other “Reddit” stocks: it’s safe to assume that all profits there were monetized long ago. In fact, a comparison to Burry’s Q4 2020 13F reveals huge turnover, with just 8 of the fund’s legacy 23 positions as of Dec 31 still on Scion’s Books. Continue reading “Article: Michael Burry Reveals Massive Tesla Short, Huge Inflationary Bet”

Article: Is There A Huge Naked Short on Helium Explorer Avanti Energy?

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Is There A Huge Naked Short on Helium Explorer Avanti Energy?

Editor OilPrice.com, 12 May 2021

Aggressive short sellers, now being targeted by Canadian regulators, are believed to have shorted a shocking 11 million shares of helium miner Avanti Energy in Canada since 2019, most of it in the past two months alone.

That makes Avanti Energy a large target of short-sellers seeking to enrich themselves by destroying companies, even as Canadian regulators are about to tighten the screws on these out-of-control—and naked—shorts. Continue reading “Article: Is There A Huge Naked Short on Helium Explorer Avanti Energy?”

Article: What were the biggest short squeezes in history?

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What were the biggest short squeezes in history?

IG Analyst, 07 May 2021

From Piggly Wiggly to GameStop, short squeezes have been causing drama on the stock markets for more than a century. Read on to learn about the biggest short squeezes in history and how to take part in the next one.

What are short squeezes?

Short squeezes are market events where traders push up the value of a stock, forcing short sellers to buy (go long) to minimise their losses.

As the short sellers buy stock, the share value rises even higher, increasing the profits of the short-squeezing traders.

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Article: CCIV Stock News: Lucid Motors CCIV shares rebound as weak jobs report means low rates forever!

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CCIV Stock News: Lucid Motors CCIV shares rebound as weak jobs report means low rates forever!

Ivan Brian, 07 May 2021

No in-depth technical analysis needed here just buy anything and don’t worry about it the Fed is in the market forever. That is the tone of equity markets post a terrible Friday jobs report as yields plunge. CCIV faces some resistance at $20 first before thinking about anything else higher. Chart is still bearish and this may be the case for future session but for now equities are loving zero rates for longer.

CCIV shares continue to retreat as the hype fizzes out of many retail meme stocks while the economy reopens. Traders are no longer confined to their rooms with screens and Robinhood to entertain them. The meme-stock universe is struggling to regain any sort of traction and with multiple ETFs suffering losses, redemptions cannot be too far away. This will put further pressure on the meme-stock segment. Continue reading “Article: CCIV Stock News: Lucid Motors CCIV shares rebound as weak jobs report means low rates forever!”