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Robinhood Reportedly Selling People’s GME Positions Without Warning, Investors Sue

I don't not know if the screenshot pictured below is real. Joshua Brown writes, "Who the f*** is handling comms for Robinhood lol". If they haven't already, they should probably come out with statement. ~ Ilene 

Courtesy of ZeroHedge

Update 1445 EST: Users are starting to report that Robinhood is selling their GME shares without warning. Screenshots like the one below are starting to make their rounds on social media. Meanwhile, platforms like Webull and Merrill Edge have also joined in the restrictions. 


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Update 1430 EST:

 

 

The list of high-profile people who are infuriated with Robinhood's decision to stop retail investors from trading shares of GME (along with several other companies) has continued to grow. While retail traders were effectively shut out of the market, leaving institutional investors to do what they pleased, a disparate group of public figures, including "Democratic" socialist Congresswoman AOC and world's richest man Elon Musk, banded together to slam Robinhood and its peers. 

Musk agreed with AOC's tweet where she said: 

"This is unacceptable. We now need to know more about @RobinhoodApp's decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit. As a member of the Financial Services Cmte, I'd support a hearing if necessary."

Musk also agreed with one twitter user who said "make shorting illegal"…

Yes

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2021

As we noted earlier, Barstool's David Portnoy has been infuriated by Robinhood's decision. 

Portnoy tweeted, "PRISON TIME. Dems and Republicans haven't agreed on 1 issue till this. That's how blatant, illegal, unfathomable today's events are. It also shows how untouchable @RobinhoodApp @StevenACohen2C Citadel Point72 all think they are. Fines aren't enough. Prison or bust." 

… and believe it or not, Steven Cohen, founder of hedge fund Point72 Asset Management, who with Citadel bailed out Melvin Capital for their Gamestop short, responded to Portnoy and said, "Hey Dave, What's your beef with me. I'm just trying to make a living just like you. Happy to take this offline." 

Barstool's founder responded by saying, "I don't do offline. That's where shady shit happens. You bailed out Melvin cause he's you're boy along with Citadel. I think you had a strong hand in today's criminal events to save hedge funds at the cost of ordinary people. Do you unequivocally deny that?" 

Cohen responded: 

"What are you talking about? I unequivocally deny that accusation. I had zero to do with what happened today Btw, If I want to make an additional investment with somebody that is my right if it's in the best interest of my investors Chill out" 

Portnoy has already released a meme of the Twitter spat between himself and Cohen. 

pic.twitter.com/2hSc2rwp8L

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) January 28, 2021

Speaking of today's events, Chamath Palihapitiya tweeted, "In moments of uncertainty, when courage and strength are required, you find out who the true corporatist scumbags are." 

We wonder who Palihapitiya is speaking of when he mentions "who the true corporatist scumbags are."

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Update 1232 EST: Following the outrage of stock manipulation from AOC, Brendon Nelson (presumably a Robinhood user), sued Robinhood Financial LLC, Robinhood Securities, LLC, and Robinhood Markets, Inc. in the Southern District of New York this afternoon for "removing Gamestop from its trading platform." 

The lawsuit reads: 

"Robinhood purposefully, willfully, and knowingly removing the stock "GME" from its trading platform in the midst of an unprecedented stock rise thereby deprived retail investors of the ability to invest in the open-market and manipulating the open-market." 

Social media users on Twitter were infuriated by the trade restrictions Robinhood and other discount brokerages placed on clients this morning. Some said: 

"Now add TD Ameritrade who did the same yesterday and had price manipulated /price fixed/ caused MV buying power destabilizations, that affected not just these stocks. and they did not have the same trading rules on aftermarket or premarket when Institutions covered took profits," one Twitter user said. 

Now add TD Ameritrade who did the same yesterday and had price manipulated /price fixed/ caused MV buying power destabilizations, that affected not just these stocks. and they did not have the same trading rules on aftermarket or premarket when Institutions covered took profits

— JulianneLove???? (@jriceput18) January 28, 2021

"Does this suit mention Robinhood's relationship with Citadel, who are deeply interested in the shorting of GME?" someone else said. 

Does this suit mention Robinhood's relationship with Citadel, who are deeply interested in the shorting of GME?

— Biden Removes Visa Restrictions on Kyrgyzstan (@Ayyyyten) January 28, 2021

Barstool's David Portnoy tweeted, "Everybody On Wall Street Who Had A Hand In Today’s Crime Needs To Go To Prison." 

Emergency Press Conference – Everybody On Wall Street Who Had A Hand In Today’s Crime Needs To Go To Prison pic.twitter.com/aKr8aPbB3Z

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) January 28, 2021

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AOC called this double-standard "unacceptable." 

"This is unacceptable. We now need to know more about @RobinhoodApp's decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit. As a member of the Financial Services Cmte, I'd support a hearing if necessary," AOC tweeted. 

This is unacceptable.

We now need to know more about @RobinhoodApp’s decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit.

As a member of the Financial Services Cmte, I’d support a hearing if necessary. https://t.co/4Qyrolgzyt

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 28, 2021

Meanwhile, Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy said he's down a "milly," (we believe that's a reference to $1MM) following the trade restrictions placed by Robinhood and other discount brokerages. He called Robinhood trading app "crooks" and started calling out executives on Twitter.

Portnoy still thinks "$amc and $nok come back the second the free markets open again." 

Portnoy had this message to the founder of Robinhood: 

Hey @vladtenev I hope you go to jail

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) January 28, 2021

Even rapper Ja Rule chimed into the discussion about the corruption on Wall Street. He said, "They hedge fund guy shorted these stocks now we can’t buy them ppl start selling out of fear… we lose money they make money on the short… THIS IS A FUCKING CRIME!!!"

They hedge fund guy shorted these stocks now we can’t buy them ppl start selling out of fear… we lose money they make money on the short… THIS IS A FUCKING CRIME!!!

— Ja Rule (@jarule) January 28, 2021

And that's coming from the guy who helped organize Fyre Fest.

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Update 1141 EST: Robinhood is reportedly adding more names to its restricted list, including American Airlines, which was up more than 70% at one point in pre-market trading this morning.

ROBINHOOD ADDS AAL, CTRM, SNDL, OTHERS TO RESTRICTED TRADING

Additionally, it looks as though the first of what is likely to be many lawsuits has been filed against Robinhood. We wonder if Citadel has a good lawyer they can recommend?

ROBINHOOD CUSTOMER SUES OVER REMOVAL OF GAMESTOP

Welp that didn't take long pic.twitter.com/MgMOp544Dt

— Andrew Denney (@messagetime) January 28, 2021

Update 1103 EST: Everyone seems to be piling on Robinhood, including hip hop artist and Fyre Festival bankroller Ja Rule, who says "this is a fucking CRIME" about the measures Robinhood is taking.

Yo this is a fucking CRIME what @RobinhoodApp is doing DO NOT SELL!!! HOLD THE LINE… WTF ????

— Ja Rule (@jarule) January 28, 2021

Update 1017 EST: Bloomberg is reporting that the SEC and Fed will likely take "little action" over the trading in GameStop and other names – but that it may include a trading suspension in the names.

Analysts told BBG: “We do not believe the SEC will issue an emergency order nor will the Fed change margin requirements. The only possible action that will potentially be taken is the SEC suspending trading in one or more of the names for one to two business days”

Update 0950 EST: Robinhood (once again) appears to be down. There's no word on whether the disruption is just from the volatility or whether or not it is directly related to the platform's ban of buying certain equities:

ROBINHOOD SAYS ISSUES WITH EQUITIES, OPTIONS, CRYPTO TRADING

ROBINHOOD SAYS DISRUPTION WITH IOS, ANDROID AND WEB APP

ROBINHOOD SAYS EXPERIENCING SERVICE DISRUPTION

Update 0925 EST: Interactive Brokers has joined Robinhood and has put option trading in some names into liquidation. This headline crossed the terminal around 0925EST:

INTERACTIVE BROKERS PUTS SOME OPTION TRADING INTO LIQUIDATION

In a statement to CNBC, IB said: 

“As of midday yesterday, (1/27/2021) Interactive Brokers has put AMC, BB, EXPR, GME, and KOSS option trading into liquidation only due to the extraordinary volatility in the markets. In addition, long stock positions will require 100% margin and short stock positions will require 300% margin until further notice. We do not believe this situation will subside until the exchanges and regulators halt or put certain symbols into liquidation only. We will continue to monitor market conditions and may add or remove symbols as may be warranted.”

Additionally, Robinhood has released the following statement:

“We continuously monitor the markets and make changes where necessary. In light of recent volatility, we are restricting transactions for certain securities to position closing only, including $AMC, $BB, $BBBY, $EXPR, $GME, $KOSS, $NAKD and $NOK. We also raised margin requirements for certain securities.”

We can't help but wonder…

Dear free and efficient markets, is there a restricted list for stocks that anyone without a Hampton's mansion can no longer trade?

— zerohedge (@zerohedge) January 28, 2021

Update 0842 EST: Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy has weighed in on the restriction, stating "Either @RobinhoodApp allows free trading or it’s the end of Robinhood. Period."

Either @RobinhoodApp allows free trading or it’s the end of Robinhood. Period.

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) January 28, 2021

He has also Tweeted: "And it turns out @RobinhoodApp is the biggest frauds of them all. “Democratizing finance for all” except when we manipulate the market cause too many ordinary people are getting rich."

He continued: "Somebody is going to have to explain to me in what world [Robinhood] and others literally trying to force a crash by closing the open market is fair? They should all be in jail."

Somebody is going to have to explain to me in what world @RobinhoodApp and others literally trying to force a crash by closing the open market is fair? They should all be in jail.

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) January 28, 2021

Ameritrade I expect. @RobinhoodApp entire business model is to cater to the exact people they are now trying to fuck with and scare into selling. They will never recover from this.

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) January 28, 2021

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One day after TD Ameritrade implemented unprecedented restrictions on trading in GME, AMC and other massive short squeezes, on Thursday morning reports are circulating on social media that Robinhood is no longer allowing GameStop or AMC share purchases.

"Robinhood Removes GameStop, AMC; Puts Notice On Pages Saying 'You Can Close Out Your Position On This Stock, But You Can Not Purchase Additional Shares'," Benzinga reported at about 0830 EST. 

The report was corroborated by additional sources shortly after 0830 EST.

Ok seems like it's true from the numerous #Robinhood traders that have confirmed they cannot trade #GameStop #AMC or #Express on their accounts right now$gme$amc$exp https://t.co/CRbu1fCofr

— Susan Li (@SusanLiTV) January 28, 2021

Users are reporting the same on Twitter.

pic.twitter.com/uXcCcortsB

— Derek Ross (@derekmross) January 28, 2021

There are also scattered reports that the app has restricted BlackBerry. Users on social media are furious:

In case it wasn't obvious yet, they'll do anything to prevent retail from making lots of money in the stock market. Robinhood just proved this by removing $GME, $AMC and more.

— Michael Handschuh (@mhandschuh) January 28, 2021

Is @RobinhoodApp really blocking $GME sales so these fucking hedge funds can cover their short? Disgusting

— Maeds (@Themaeds) January 28, 2021

Funny to see @RobinhoodApp promoting Finance Democracy whilst blocking people who are exactly exercising finance democracy from buying $GME, $AMC and $NOK. pic.twitter.com/fjkDcupZxT

— Derek ???????????????????? (@derekhkwok) January 28, 2021

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