Fashion Company SQBG Tries To Crush Shorts, Force Squeeze After Chairman Urges Investors To Pull BorrowSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 11/30/2015 15:16 -0500
"Tengram has instructed its broker that it will not permit borrowing of any of its shares by short sellers who are only interested in reducing the value of the Company’s stock price for their short-term gain. We urge each of you to contact your broker today and inform them that your shares may not be made available to be borrowed by short sellers.”
Without a rerun of last Friday's Chinese stock market rout, European traders could focus on what "really matters", namely how much of the ECB's upcoming 20 bps rate cut and €20 billion QE expansion (with Commerzbank saying Draghi may even hint at Europe's QE3) is priced in, and whether the ECB's actions are just modestly priced in, or more than fully, and just how big the "sell the news" event will be.The result: the Euro falls to a new 7 month low, the dollar spot index hits a new all time high, and European stocks and US futures stage another remarkable overnight comeback on the usual low volume levitation and central bank intervention.
Having announced in two brief tweets on Thanksgiving - just as we warned was very possible - that he would pull his shares from being available-to-lend, Martin Shrekli has sent the meteoric Volkswagen-like trajectory of KaleBios vertical once again. With short-interest having surged to 49% (from 5.6%), the yanking of his loanable shares has sent KBIO up 65% in the pre-market, back above $45 (from just 45c 10 days ago).
- Russia Takes Aim at Turkish Economy Amid Fighter-Jet Spat (WSJ)
- ‘Commercial scale’ oil smuggling into Turkey becomes priority target of anti-ISIS strikes (RT)
- Russia-Turkey Ties Are Headed Into a Deep Freeze (WSJ)
- France signals softer stance on Assad after Russia talks (FT)
- China Calm Shattered as Brokerage Probe Sparks Selloff in Stocks (BBG)
- China Stock Bulls Hit Breaking Point as State Dials Back Support (BBG)
- China's Bond Stresses Mount as Two More Companies Flag Concerns (BBG)
While US floor markets are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday (equity, rates and energy futures are open until 1pm Eastern), Europe and Asia (as well as US equity futures) were busy rebounding overnight on strength in the commodity complex following yesterday's news that China's metals producers have asked for a wholesale government bailout or the "QEmmodity" as we have dubbed it, for the first time since 2009, which together with news that China would soon start arresting "malicious metal sellers" has provided a push for commodity prices across the board.
- European stocks up, oil slides as concerns ease over Russia-Turkey tension (Reuters)
- ECB discusses two-tiered bank charges, broader bond buys (Reuters)
- New agonies, alliances as Fed debates post-liftoff plan (Reuters)
- A New Military Power Rises in the Mideast, Courtesy of One Man (BBG)
- Russia's Gazprom says halts gas supplies to Ukraine over payment (Reuters)
- Other central banks set to act, but Swiss policy cupboard bare (Reuters)
Just as we warned was possible, KBIO is going full Volkwsagen up another 150% today alone (up from $1 last Wednesday to over $45 today), the stock has just been halted. And here is the punchline: According to Markit, the short interest of float is now 38%. Why is this a problem? Because Shrekli's investor "group" bought 70%. This means that if Shkreli pulls all the borrow, there will simply not be enough shares for the shorts to cover.
Eurozone Composite PMI Surges To 54 Month High Even As ECB Prepares To Launch More QE To "Boost Economy"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/23/2015 05:31 -0500
With the ECB expected to announce a boost to QE and pushing rates even lower into record negative territory, perhaps Markit did not get the memo to double seasonally adjust the seasonally adjusted European manufacturing and services PMI survey data, when instead of providing cover for Draghi ("look, the economy is slowing down even more, surely you must unleash more printing") it reported that not only the Manufacturing PMI rose to 52.8 from 52.3, a 19 month high and above the highest estimate (range was 51.5 to 52.6), not only the Service PMI rose to 54.6 from 54.1, a 54 month high and also above the highest estimate (range of 53.5-54.4), but the Composite PMI soared to the highest level recorded since May 2011, rising from 53.9 to 54.4.
"Desperate" Novice Trader May Be Suicidal If He Didn't Cover: KBIO Short Squeeze Goes "Full Volkswagen"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/20/2015 13:28 -0500
What happens if Shkreli's plan is indeed to rerun the "Volkswagen" scenario and unleash an epic short squeeze that sends the price of the company into the stratosphere, unlinked from any fundamentals, but merely soaring ever higher as desperate shorts pay any price just to get out.
"France Is At War": Hollande Unleashes 2nd Day Of ISIS Strikes, Mobilizes 115,000, Moves To Change ConstitutionSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 11/17/2015 13:35 -0500
For the second straight day, France hit ISIS "targets" in Raqqa while domestic security personnel conducted more than 120 fresh raids across the country in a frantic effort to head off further attacks. Meanwhile, President Hollande is making a bid to change the constitution in what some are billing as a French "Patriot Act."
As the third day after the Paris attacks dawns, and hours after France launched an unprecedented blitz airstrike on the Islamic State "capital" of Raqqa (located in the sovereign state of Syria), here are the latest developments following the worst European terrorist attack in the past decade.
Copper Plunges To Fresh 6 Years Low After Goldman Warns More Pain Ahead, Glencore Slides Back Under 100pSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 11/12/2015 08:10 -0500
Overnight Goldman released a report titled simply enough "Copper poised to move even lower" which confirmed everything we said a month ago when we warned that the latest "production cut" initiatives by Glencore would have absolutely no impact on the longer-term price dynamics of the metal which has achieved "doctor" status. We were right:
COPPER FALLS 1.8% TO $4,856/TON, REACHING LOWEST SINCE 2009