Stock Is up Over 600 Percent: By Appointing an Ex-FBI Witch-Hunter, Genius Group (GNS) Is Going After Short-Sellers in a Way That GameStop Should Have Done Long Ago

Rohail Saleem
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Long gone are the days when retail traders used to rail against the supposed manipulation of downtrodden stocks by short-sellers. Even though the WallStreetBets movement enjoyed spectacular early success in shuttling GameStop shares to the stratosphere at the start of 2021 in what quickly turned into a full-blown short-squeeze, the movement has, in recent past, largely fizzled out. Now, however, it appears that some companies have picked up the proverbial baton against illegal stock manipulation, as evidenced by Genius Group’s (NYSE: GNS) quite aggressive recent moves against short-sellers.

As a refresher, Genius Group is a Singapore-based edtech company that aims to revolutionize the global education system by pioneering a much more pertinent and student-centered curriculum. Genius Group shares were publicly floated on the New York Stock Exchange back in April 2022 at $6 per share. Over the past few months, the company raised $40 million via two funding rounds to expand its balance sheet to over $60 million. However, in what the company thinks constitutes aberrant selling pressure via coordinated waves, the stock plunged to around $0.30 per share by December 2022.

In order to tackle this manipulation, Genius Group hired Warshaw Burstein, LLP and Christian Levine Law Group as investigating agents, with financial tracking provided by ShareIntel. According to the company’s press release, this investigation unearthed “a significant amount of the Company’s ordinary shares, as part of a market manipulation scheme seeking to artificially depress the price of the Company’s ordinary shares.”

On Wednesday, Genius Group then announced a series of bold moves:

  • The company’s board of directors is now ready to explore legal options against the manipulation of its stock price.
  • The board has authorized the issuance of a special dividend to identify the true owners of its share float.
  • The board is considering the possibility of a dual listing of its shares.

However, in what constitutes a coup de grace, Genius Group has now hired an ex-FBI official, Timothy Murphy, to head its Illegal Trading Taskforce.

While highlighting the rationale behind these moves, Genius Group’s CEO, Roger James Hamilton, recently tweeted that the company’s share float consisted of only 10 million shares, yet the stock’s trading volume was recorded at 250 million yesterday.

According to the company’s proponents, equity dark pools are being used to manipulate Genius Group’s stock price.

Genius Group Borrow Fees

Meanwhile, as per the tabulation by IBorrowDesk, the fee to short Genius Group shares is currently hovering at 72 percent. The stock also recorded a volume of over 269 million shares yesterday!

Genius Group Stock Price

Clearly, short-sellers have been closing their short positions over the past two days, resulting in a fierce short squeeze. Consider the fact that the stock was trading at around $0.5 on Wednesday but is currently hovering well over $4 per share in pre-market trading, constituting a gain of over 600 percent in around 48 hours!

Do you think GameStop and AMC Entertainment should go after short-sellers in the same manner as that adopted by Genius Group? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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