No One Knows, Cares About Unexplained Making, Losing Of Billions In Hong Kong

Sometimes these things just happen.

Don't ask me.

Sure, a few stocks unexpectedly crated last week only to recover everything and more yesterday. And, sure, these are relatively lightly-traded stocks of companies controlled by individual people who have much to gain and lose by such movements. And, yes, that all sounds kind of suspicious. But, really, who’s to say something’s amiss here? Certainly not Hong Kong’s regulator. And not even the guy who lost $14 billion while on a business trip.

Shares of Goldin Properties, which lost 40 percent last Thursday, were up 43 percent on Tuesday. Shares of a related company, Goldin Financial — which, like Goldin Properties, is controlled by the billionaire Pan Sutong — plunged more than 40 percent last Thursday. And a day before that, shares in the Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, a solar equipment manufacturer controlled by the Chinese billionaire Li Hejun, fell 47 percent before trading in the stock was suspended. All three companies have offered no explanation. Regulators, too, have been quiet….

But on Friday, Ashley Alder, the chief executive of the Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong’s main market regulator, said the volatility did “not necessarily imply there is a rise in market manipulation or other misconduct.”

Frenetic Trading of 3 Stocks Confounds Hong Kong Market [DealBook]


New York, London, Hong Kong… Moscow?

Russia may have the kind of official corruption that would make a Sicilian blush, a fairly weak grasp on the rule of law, a pair of would-be czars trading its top two political posts and, now, more orphans than it can give away. It also may have a stock exchange worth as much as the big one with the columns down on Broad Street.