BBBY: A Timeline of Interesting Events, is it Clear Evidence of a Crime?
So, some really weird shit happened today with the stock of BBBY – Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Let's run through the events:
At 3:22pm EST, this happened:
At 3:33pm EST, this happened:
So, someone spends over a million dollars on puts right before a very, very damaging headline comes out and gets copy-pasted everywhere before being "corrected"? Notice the time on the article has also been changed to 4:08pm EST – after the market closed. Huh, is there a name for this kind of thing? There is! It's called a Short and Distort. What is a Short and Distort? Let's read the Wikipedia Definition:
It is often performed as a form of naked short selling in which stock is sold without being borrowed and without any intent to borrow. Once the stock price has declined, the investor uses the proceeds of the initial sale to buy a larger number of the company's shares than sold originally. Some of the newly purchased stock is used to fulfill the short-selling contract; the remaining shares are then offered for sale, which causes an additional decline in the company's share price.
During the takeover of The Bear Stearns Companies by J.P. Morgan Chase in March 2008, reports swirled that short sellers were spreading rumors to drive down Bear Stearns' share price. Democratic) Senator Christopher Dodd felt this was more than rumors and said, "This is about collusion." Chase was victimized by a similar "short and distort" scheme six years earlier when rumors arose about its purported relationship with Enron.
In a December 2006 interview from TheStreet.com's "Wall Street Confidential" webcast, Jim Cramer stated that some hedge fund managers spread false rumors about companies to the media and trading desks to drive a stock down: " …it's important to create a new truth, to develop a fiction." Cramer said this practice, although illegal, is easy to do "because the SEC doesn't understand it."
Cramer said one strategy to keep a stock price down is to spread negative rumors to reporters he described as "the Pisanis of the world" in reference to CNBC's Bob Pisani. "You have to use these guys," said Cramer. He also discussed getting "the bozo reporter from The Wall Street Journal" to publish a negative article.
Now, is a Short and Distort illegal? Well, let's check with the SEC:
Short-and-distort schemes violate federal and state law
The so-called short-and-distort scheme may violate the Securities Exchange Act anti-fraud provisions, as well as SEC Rule 10b-5, just like the better known antithetical "pump-and-dump" scheme. It checks all the boxes: (1) misrepresentation to the market (through articles, blogs and social media); (2) materiality (often including false statements about a company's financial condition or viability); (3) an intent to deceive (manipulating the market to create downward pressure on the share price to make a profit); and (4) connection to the purchase or sale of securities (initiating a selloff of securities to allow the short seller turned analyst to cover their short position). Likewise, this scheme may violate state securities and consumer protection statutes and common law.
Huh, guess it is! You, know, it's kind of weird that Cramer's name came up in the Wikipedia definition. I wonder if he's ever said anything on camera about this specific kind of crime or committing it?
Well, that's awkward. But at least Cramer hasn't been talking bad about BBBY or acting crazy about that particular stock lately.
And he definitely didn't take a victory lap after the Short and Distort:
And he absolutely, 100% didn't try to enhance the effects of it:
Man, what a WILD bunch of coincidences that just happened today with BBBY!! I can't believe it! Oh, and there's one more little question I've been wondering about.
HOW THE FUCK DID SEEKING ALPHA GET THE GODDAMNED FORM 144 BEFORE IT WAS SEARCHABLE ON EDGAR!?!!? Also, speaking of that Form 144, two were filed today. Check this out:
I'll let you all come to your own conclusions about how a form that was emailed to the SEC appeared early on a website in a short and distort attack with different spacing and capitalization.
Submitted August 18, 2022 at 01:53AM by catbulliesdog
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