Volkswagen Shorts Squeezed - absolute disaster

Discussion in 'Stocks' started by Jahajee, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Volkswagen takes pole position. Volkswagen (VLKAY.PK) surpassed ExxonMobil (XOM) to become the world's biggest company by market cap after Porsche announced plans to raise its stake in the German carmaker to 75% from 42.6%, triggering a short squeeze. Shares rose as much as 93% yesterday, and were up another 55% in Frankfurt this morning, bringing its market value to €296B ($370) vs. Exxon's $343B. As of Oct. 23, almost 13% of Volkswagen's shares were on loan, mostly to short sellers who were forced to swallow massive losses and exit their positions. "Volkswagen has been one of the greatest shorts of hedge funds, and it's been an absolute, absolute disaster," GLG Partner's Emmanuel Roman said. Elsewhere around the globe, carmakers are struggling with plunging sales and a lack of cash.

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    This is a timely warning to shorts everywhere.
     
  2. kxvid

    kxvid

    I bet the euro traders are all over this. Easy money going short now at 890 euros, if you can ride out the storm? I think so.
     
  3. If you can borrow any...
     
  4. Impossible. Anyone who says they are able to borrow shares is lying.
     
  5. JamesJ

    JamesJ

    it was possible through IB earlier today
     
  6. They aren't lying, they are borrowing the shares from Porsche so that Porsche can squeeze them.:D
     
  7. Funny - I was trying to borrow for hours and didn't get a locate.
     
  8. I'm short EWG and long a bunch of the main components besides VW.
     
  9. That's because you are a real trader trying to get real stock, not papertrading a demo account.

    VW is IMPOSSIBLE TO BORROW ANYWHERE.
     
  10. volkswagens market cap is larger than toyota+honda+ford+gm put together, i think that's saying something...
     
    #10     Oct 28, 2008