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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:18 AM

Vanity Fair: The fantastically profitable mystery of the Trump chaos trades

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In the last 10 minutes of trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday, September 13, someone got very lucky. That’s when he or she, or a group of people, sold short 120,000 “S&P e-minis”—electronically traded futures contracts linked to the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index—when the index was trading around 3010. The time was 3:50 p.m. in New York; it was nearing midnight in Tehran. A few hours later, drones attacked a large swath of Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, choking off production in the country and sending oil prices soaring. By the time the CME next opened, for pretrading on Sunday night, the S&P index had fallen 30 points, giving that very fortunate trader, or traders, a quick $180 million profit.

It was not an isolated occurrence. Three days earlier, in the last 10 minutes of trading, someone bought 82,000 S&P e-minis when the index was trading at 2969. That was nearly 4 a.m. on September 11 in Beijing, where a few hours later, the Chinese government announced that it would lift tariffs on a range of American-made products. As has been the typical reaction in the U.S. stock markets as the trade war with China chugs on without any perceptible logic, when the news about a potential resolution of it seems positive, stock markets go up, and when the news about the trade war appears negative, they go down.

The news was viewed positively. The S&P index moved swiftly on September 11 to 2996, up nearly 30 points. That same day, President Donald Trump said he would postpone tariffs on some Chinese goods, and the S&P index moved to 3016, or up 47 points since the fortunate person bought the 82,000 e-minis just before the market closed on September 10. Since a one-point movement, up or down, in an e-mini contract is worth $50, a 47-point movement up in a day was worth $2,350 per contract. If you were the lucky one who bought the 82,000 e-mini contracts, well, then you were sitting on a one-day profit of roughly $190 million.

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But these wins were peanuts compared to the money made by a trader, or group of traders, who bought 420,000 September e-minis in the last 30 minutes of trading on June 28. That was some 40% of the day’s trading volume in September e-minis—making it a trade that could not easily be ignored. By then, President Trump was already in Osaka, Japan—14 hours ahead of Chicago—and on his way to a roughly hour-long meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping as part of the G20 summit. On Saturday in Osaka, after the market had closed in Chicago, Trump emerged from his meeting with Xi and announced that the intermittent trade talks were “back on track.” The following week was a good one in the stock market, thanks to the Trump announcement. On Thursday, June 27, the S&P 500 index stood at about 2915; a week or so later, it was just below 3000, a gain of 84 points, or $4,200 per e-mini contract. Whoever bought the 420,000 e-minis on June 28 had made a handsome profit of nearly $1.8 billion.

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Indeed, this single Trump lie briefly inflated domestic markets by hundreds of billions of dollars. “What this describes is, quite literally, market manipulation that constitutes criminal violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,” commented George Conway, the conservative attorney and Trump critic.

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Hanky-panky, indeed.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:34 AM

1. It has been noted here before

In fact, I posted "So the deal wasn't really a deal...Hope someone made money in the stock market...." in re: last Monday.
Follow the money and I suspect there will be a tRump family member involved.

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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:51 AM

2. Just maybe the details of this MF45 trade chaos that produced UNUSUAL winners ...

...... will come to light before we lose our country or are dancing with the angels.

And IF the reasonable suspicions turn into the fair hands of PROOF,
may the manipulators and the "shorters" burn in hell. Full stop.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:53 AM

3. After 9/11 why didn't we put something in place to stop and investigate

these questionable quick windfalls? The Stock Market is useless and, actually harmful to us all if it can be manipulated in this manner.

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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:57 AM

4. Even though this is the first I've read about it in the media, I had noticed the trend long ago.

Market manipulation is probably one of the Hate Pumpkin's most egregious crimes... Robbing everyone.

Although, I'm sure he and his minions see it as a victim-less crime.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:57 AM

5. This is huge

These mobsters needs to be locked up

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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 09:59 AM

6. Doesn't the treasury secretary (Mnuchin) run the PPT which has the

the funds and the inside scoop to swing these trades? Inside job? PPT = Plunge Protection Team

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