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Lehman Brothers (LEHMQ.PK) Up 200% Friday

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Lehman Brothers (LEHMQ.PK) Up 200% Friday

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Thanks to a reader for alerting me on this action Friday – the shell known as bankrupt Lehman Brothers (LEHMQ.PK) which now trades on the pink sheets rallied a solid 200% Friday. And why not – fundamentals no longer matter; even having a functioning business is just an afterthought.

As long as you have a shell that one high frequency trading firm can trade with another (or if you are real clever, I assume the same HFT firm can work in the dark pools and trade among themselves to create "demand" – not that this would ever happen because its illegal) – and lo and behold you can attrack other HAL9000s and the retail trader in.

What is inside that shell is really a moot point. The key is generation volume and earning rebates for each trade since you are adding liquidity – the cheaper the better (more shares = more rebates). Boo yah. Via Reuters:

  • It’s either a sign of sheer boredom on Wall Street, or an early celebration of the one-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ demise, but shares of the fallen investment bank were red hot today. The stock rose some 200%. Take that AIG.
  • For some inexplicable reason, shares of the bankrupt investment bank, which trade on the loosely regulated over-the-counter Pink Sheets, changed hands some 73 million times on Friday. That’s a lot of trading in a stock that’s been worthless for nearly 12 months. Indeed, on a typical day, the average trading volume in Lehman shares is about 2.6 million.
  • Then again, today’s trading surge boosted Lehman’s closing stock price to 15 cents. It had been sitting around 5 cents for months. Better yet, Lehman now has a respectable market cap of $103 million–not too shabby for a small-cap company on the Pink Sheets.
  • Of course, this trading in Lehman is just crazy. There’s not good explanation for it. Just as there is no good explanation for the big surge in shares of American International


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