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The Market Started June with Mixed Results Partially Due to Concerns Around President Biden's Higher Taxes
The stock market indices wrapped May with mixed results and started June mainly in the red.
While June’s first trading day started in the green, all three indices retreated to near the zero lines by the end of the day. The market's pessimism is partially due to President Biden’s $6 trillion budget discussion with a plan to increase corporations' and individuals' income tax rates.
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AMC Entertainment (AMC) Investors Who May Have Been Behind the Recent Stock Price Rally Have Already Sold Their Shares
I've noticed shares of AMC Entertainment (AMC) continued its recent rally, up by more than 21%. The company announced that it had sold $230 million of shares to Mudrick Capital Management. This investment firm specializes in so-called distressed companies, and AMC has undoubtedly been a distressed company since the start of the pandemic.
The story isn't over, however. It seems Mudrick Capital has already sold all its shares to take advantage of the stock price's recent rally.
So, on the one hand, the distressed AMC got some cash to take care of its business, and the investment company made a quick buck thanks to the meme stock phenomena.
It makes you wonder whether the recent stock price rally was at least partially due to the $230 million initial investment, which is now sold to individual investors from the Reddit sub forum who jumped on the wagon after they saw the stock rallied.
The Global Accessibility of The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Expected to Drag Abbott Laboratories' (ABT) Profit in 2021
Shares of Abbott Laboratories (ABT) were down more than 10%. The company revised its full-year profit forecast due to a lower expected COVID-19 diagnosis and testing kit.
With the rapid accessibility of COVID-19 vaccination and decreasing cases globally, the demand for the testing kits has dropped rapidly. Abbott is using that as an excuse to revise its revenue forecast downward.
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