Insider Trading and Financial Anomalies Surrounding the Las Vegas Attack

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Authored by Kip Herriage of VRAletter.com | October 7, 2017

Note: This is an update to my article of 10/7/17. Nothing has been removed or edited from the original article. This updated article includes additional financial/trading anomalies I have uncovered since posting the original piece.
Included in this updated article:

1) Additional trading research on OSIS (OSI Systems), the global leader in baggage, shipping and people detection systems (airports and now MUCH more, like hotels/casinos). Like the other 4 co’s that I have found, OSIS also began to rise on 9/11/17 (remember this date as you will see it in each company) and it rose on large share/option volume increases. The shares of OSIS would rise as much as 16% from its 9/11/17 lows to just after the attack.

2) OLN (Olin Corp) makes Winchester ammunition. Beginning on 9/11/17 their shares began to rise on a large increase in volume and a HUGE increase in call option purchases (so far I’ve found more than 6000 calls were purchased in OIH the week prior to the attack with someone making a ton of money in these calls). The shares of OLN would soar as much as 23% from their 9/11/17 lows to just after the attack.

Insider Trading and Financial Anomalies Surrounding the Las Vegas Attack

Note: With this report, I make no claim to specific knowledge of any wrongdoing or improprieties. Instead, this report includes trading patterns, news releases and/or public record SEC filings.

We will examine the share price movements of two gun manufacturers (American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger) and the share price movement of MGM (which owns Mandalay Bay). We will also examine additional financial events surrounding MGM, including what can only be referred to as massive levels of insider selling in the shares of MGM, by the CEO/Chairman and MGM officers/directors. As you’ll see, more than $200 million in MGM shares were sold in the weeks leading up to the attack.

Background. Interesting Trading Patterns in AOBC, RGR and MGM.

Over the course of my 32 years in the investment industry I have constructed a proprietary investing model that I refer to as the “VRA Trading & Investing System”. In short, its design is to track money flows in the stock market and detect sector and stock analysis/movements that then alert me as to when/where money is flowing in the markets.

For example, prior to the 2016 Presidential Elections, the VRA System noticed that the share price of gun manufacturers had begun to decline rapidly. This was one of our first financial clues that Trump might beat Clinton (Trump’s strong support of 2A). As you can see below, American Outdoor Brands (AOBC, formerly Smith & Wesson), hit a high of $31/share in August of 2016. As the bottom began to fall out, it would ultimately drop 55% in price, before hitting its low price of just over $13 on 9/11/17.

The market is referred to as a “discounting mechanism” and as such, it often predicts future events. It certainly did so in the case of the election and the share price of AOBC.

We see the same trading pattern in gun manufacturer Sturm Ruger (RGR). RGR traded as high as $73 in March of 2016 before ultimately dropping 37%, when it too bottomed within one trading day of AOBC hitting it’s lows (9/8/17). Again, my system noted the rapid decline in gun stocks, which led me to believe that Trump may in fact win the election. Remember this point; both AOBC and RGR hit their lows at the same time, just over two weeks prior to the Las Vegas shooting.

Something Changed in September

Let’s now examine the trading patterns of AOBC and RGR in detail, just over two weeks “prior” to the attack. As you can see, AOBC bottomed on 9/11/17 at $13.30 before the spike higher began. From 9/11 to just after the attack, AOBC rose 23% in price. It did so on a noticeable increase in buy-side trading volumes.

Below, we see the same chart and reaction in the shares of Sturm Ruger (RGR). From its 9/8/17 lows, RGR bottomed at $46.24 and then spiked to $55.90 just after the attack, for a move higher of 21%.

After falling in price from early-mid 2016 to their early September 2017 lows, the two largest publicly traded gun manufacturers bottomed, then spiked higher, at almost exactly the same time. In addition, buy-side volume increases rose sharply as well.And, while not covered in this report (more work is needed), we also saw a spike in call option purchases in both AOBC and RGR, in the days/weeks leading up to the attack.

This final chart shows the share price of MGM (owner of Mandalay Bay) in the days leading up to the attack to present. MGM shares declined more than 10%, from 9/7/17 to recent lows. This decline occurred as some $200 million in insider selling was taking place.

Bottom line: Beginning in early-mid September to this report, gun manufactures AOBC and RGR rose in price 23% and 21% (on higher trading volumes), while the shares of MGM fell in price by 11% (as $200 million in insider selling occurred).

MGM: Heavy Levels of Insider Selling

As the SEC insider transaction reports below detail, from 9/5/17 to 9/12/17, approximately 6 million shares of MGM were sold by officers and/or directors of the company, totaling approximately $200 million in proceeds to sellers. Included in this group is the selling of approximately 450,000 shares by MGM CEO and Chairman James Murren (a seller of size since late July) and who appears to have sold more than 85% of all holdings. We also see that MGM Board member Grounds William Warwick sold 176 million shares of his MGM stock on 9/6/17.

We have no indication that MGM insiders sold these 6 million shares due to any advance knowledge of the 10/1 attack. I am not making that claim. I am simply pointing out facts that cannot be in question.

But I will make a few observations:

1) If MGM/Mandalay Bay were to lose law suits associated with this attack, the downside risks to MGM share price may be extensive.

2) We also know that MGM CEO James Murren was appointed to the Homeland Security National Infrastructure Advisory Council by President Obama in December 2013. This fact could make for some interesting depositions, as it relates to exactly what type of advanced security systems Mandalay Bay had in place, leading up to and on the night of 10/1/17.

“The National Infrastructure Advisory Council is tasked with providing the president with advice on the “security of the critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems.” The council is composed of a maximum of 30 members, appointed by the president, from private industry, academia and state and local government.”

3) I am also aware of the fact that MGM put options activity spiked as well (needs more work), beginning at the same time gun stocks were rising and MGM was falling in price.

4) For those curious about the trading in other major Las Vegas Hotel casino stocks, during this same time frame, this also needs more work. However, I can report that at the same time MGM’s share price was falling, the share prices of Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) were actually rising.

There’s more…like the recent trading pattern in OSIS, which makes “detection systems” of all kinds (similar to their subsidiary “Rapiscan”, which makes the TSA body scanners that were put in place following 9/11). Many are wondering how long it might be before we are forced to walk through similar devices, as we enter hotels/casinos.

In my original piece I only mentioned OSI Systems (OSIS) and their trading pattern around the Las Vegas attack. I’m updating this to include the chart from the same time frame and additional comments.

Below is the chart of OSIS. From the lows of 9/11/17 to after the attack, the shares of OSIS have jumped 16%. In addition (more work is being done here), call option volume also spiked higher, 2 weeks before the attack.

I have also confirmed that OSIS is working on plans to place their baggage/people detection systems in hotels/casinos around the world. Deepak Chopra is the CEO and Founder of OSIS.

Here’s another interesting piece to the puzzle. Olin Corp (OIH) makes Winchester ammunition (among other things). Beginning on 9/11/17 their shares began to rise on a large increase in volume and a HUGE increase in call option purchases (so far I’ve found more than 6000 calls were purchased in OIH the week prior to the attack. Someone is making a ton of money in these calls). The shares of OLN would soar as much as 23% from their 9/11/17 lows to just after the attack.

I am also including the anonymous 4 chan post (below) that everyone is talking about. As I see it, these are (among) the 5 publicly traded companies that the planner of the Las Vegas attack would want to target. It is most interesting that each of these stocks began their moves on 9/11/17, just one day after the 4chan post. This is what we know after less than 1 week after the attack. What might we know in another week?

Closing:

In closing, let me repeat; I make no claims or assertions that anyone mentioned in this piece has done anything nefarious. They likely did not.

The question I might ask is, “Did someone else profit from the heinous acts of 10/1/17? Possibly the planners?”

Like many of you, I am interested and I am asking questions. I also remember that during 9/11/01, reports surfaced widely in the financial media that “many, many millions” in profits were made off of the purchase of put options in the shares of United Airlines and American Airlines, the two airliners that operated the four aircraft that were hijacked on 9/11 (among other well-documented reports of large put option purchases in numerous companies that had the most exposure to a shocked US economy).

There’s more…like the recent trading pattern in OSIS, which makes “detection systems” of all kinds (similar to their subsidiary “Rapiscan”, which makes the TSA body scanners that were put in place following 9/11). Many are wondering how long it might be before we are forced to walk through similar devices, as we enter hotels/casinos.

I will continue to follow this story. Should you have information that might assist in my research, you can reach me at kip@vraletter.com.

I am a proud American. I want the best for our country. Wherever the truth leads us, that is where we must go. Follow the money.

Kip Herriage

VRALetter.com

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adolphz's picture

Wow. This is the best thing on Zerohedge.com in a time, has the analysts at Shepwave.com seen this? I would be interested in their opiniin.

adolphz's picture

Wow. This is the best thing on Zerohedge.com in a time, has the analysts at Shepwave.com seen this? I would be interested in their opiniin.

SybilDefense's picture

Shempwave will of course see this, use it for a post mortem analysis and provide a compelling "see I told you so" piece in their subscription service that similar idiots will follow clickbait to with the "I'm gonna git me some of them shepwaves too" intellectual prowess that has you making $7M/week out of moms basement.  I'm holding out for the free T-shirt offer myself. Gooo Shepwave! Yeah!

Now if this author could tell me who's doing what today so I don't have to look at my etrade balance wondering wtf happened to the last $100k I deposited, I would be most grateful.  Being enlightened after the fact just doesn't have the same ring to it,  like there is no cha'ching like there should be when really useful information is enacted.  Maybe I got the shempwave?  Better call the Doctor, and fast!

lakecity55's picture

Again, similarity between stock plays and 9-11 and 10-1 suggest the same parties may be involved in each event.

Which of course indicates as I stated previously that the attack was an attack by the so called deep state against the US population. 

We were attacked once again by actors within our own government.

They already have Trump under their complete control.

 

Truly Inspiration's picture

What are these transaction of James Murren on 3rd of October shortly after the shooting?!

https://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/own-disp?action=getowner&CIK=1186211

 

Cthonic's picture

In the transaction you linked, he exercised some of his options and sold off a small fraction (less than 1%) of his combined direct and indirect holdings.

qdone's picture

not so sure that paddock was so much "set-up" as "inserted" . his profile, such as we've  been provided,  suggests he would've seen a set-up in the makin' and wouldn't have been interested in takin' a round 'tween the eyes at capers end.

SybilDefense's picture

I'm sure we won't see the autopsy report showing Paddock was dead 30 mins before the shooting even began.  We keep hearing the scarey thing is that there is "no motive".  That's by design as having a motive would narrow the scope of potential victims.  As it is, a motiveless crime can affect each and every one of us allowing for the most efficient bang for the buck result.  For example, scanners will be necessary everywhere, to protect against attacks on everything, GOP, DNC, BLM, schools, church's, malls, Starbucks, senior centers, daycares, et al, and not just one targeted group a motive driven aggressor may have in focus.

We are all  potential victims, but not of the crimes for which we percieve. 

"We... Must... Regulate... Freedom... With... More... Laws... To... Save... The People... !"  The chroney senator said with his last breath, as he checks his brokerage account one last time, and dies with a smile.

I have up until now dismissed the conspiracy input on this event, but the 4 Chan warning is pretty ominous (if authentic).  As with most all crime, there is a motive, and the list of motives with the potential for murder is fairly limited to crimes of passion or greed.  Cuo Bono or following the money leads to the arrest in most all convictions in the civilian world.  In the world of big government (big business), only sacrificial pawns are indicted and the real criminal is never ever prosecuted. As Mel brooks once said... "Its good to be the king". As America is controlled by an elite, deep state Oligarchy. The kings who make the rules are the same who routinely break them, usually for huge personal gain and free themselves of guilt with their incipient power.

Expect more of the same or demand change.  Delay paying the gov (via tax extensions) until a list of demands (campaign promises) are met, and fire the .gov "employees" (with your vote or by voting to impose term limits) who refuse to work for " we the people".  Your money can motivate change more than your voice.  If that doesn't work, there are lots of islands for sale in the Carribean.  Find yourself some like minded folk with enough capitol and complimentary life skillsets and succeed to your own dream country, which is my own goal at this point.  There are too many Clinton-types in this one for me.

 

besnook's picture

that 4chan post is chilling. the evil of these fuckers knows no bounds.

pynky01's picture

THE MARXIST JEW IS YOUR ENEMY...their is only one thing they understand...FORCE... gird your loins. oil your guns and prepare to die... 

lakecity55's picture

Indeed. A warning, or someone so smug they are saying "fuck you!"

 

07564111's picture

Consider that this applies not only to America but also in both the short/long to the rest of the '5 Eyes' and EU.

I would not normally post a link from the enemy Guardian, but this is worth looking at with regard to the timeline in the article above.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/07/casual-acceptance...

This is far bigger push against western people than is outlined in the various alternative medias currently discussing the event in LV.

Mr. Ed's picture

The scary part is that opportunities to profit from heinous crimes by placing bets in the marketplace are an everyday thing...

whether you're Rocket Man, the Boston Bomber handlers or whoever it was that set up Paddock.

Katos's picture

CUI BONO?? THIS SHOOTING WAS PERPETRATED BY SHELDON ADELSON AND MICHEAL CHERTOFF WHO OWN A SECURITY COMPSNY THAT SELLS BACKSKATTER SECURITY NUDE BODY SCANNERS! THEY WANT TO FORCE CONGRESS TO MAMDATE THAT ALL CASINOS AND PLACES OF BUSINESS WITH HIGH TRAFFIC COUNTS HAVE ONE OF THESE SCANNERS AT THE DOOR.  THIS WOULD MAKE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THESE ASSHATS, AS WELL AS CONTINUE THEIR GOAL OF THE DESTRUCTION OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, AND IF THE UNITED STATES IN GENERAL! BOTH OF THESE MEN HAVE A HOTLINE TO THE MOSSAD, WHO COULD HAVE EASILY RECRUITED SHOOTERS FOR THIS FALSE FLAG. ISN'T IT SICKENING HOW THESE MURDERERS CAN CASUALLY SLAUGHTER INNOCENT AMERICANS TO MAKE MONEY AND PUSH THEIR AGENDA?? OBVIOUSLY MURREN IS ALSO PART OF THIS GROUP!

Katos's picture

JUST LIKE 911, A BUNCH OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP ( ISRAELI AND AMERICAN) ELITES SLAUGHTERED 3000 AMERICANS SO THEY COULD START THE WAR ON TERROR AND REAP TRILLIONS TO THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX COMPANIES OWNED BY THEM. ALSO THEY HAVE USED THIS FALSE FLAG TO LEGISLATE OUT OUR CIVIL RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES! GUNS ARE THE LAST ELIMINATION TOOL TO TOTAL TYRANNY!

quadraspleen's picture

IKR? I mean, the SEC did so well in investigating and prosecuting the insider trading that went on before, during and after 9/11 that I'm sure the perpetrators will be brought to justice very swiftly

no, wait...

Cthonic's picture

Doubly grave if one recalls that insider trading rules don't apply to the annointed ones.

pynky01's picture

the marxist jew is your enema...