Softbank’s Bet on Tech Giants Fuel Powerful Market Rally



Investors looking at Littleigo-inducing growth and Thursday’s technology stock decline have been discussing single trading, a huge but shady bet on Silicon Valley that is large enough to pull the market up.

According to people familiar with the matter, the investor behind that business is Japan’s SoftBank 9984 -3.21%

  Group Corp, which bought a billion-dollar option of separate tech shares.  Investors and analysts are aware of this activity, but who is behind it in the dark, says it has disturbed the tech sector, whose broad size drives market moves.</p><div> <p>A Softbank spokesperson declined to comment.





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  <p>The stock market hit a record high this year despite severe pain in the economy from the coronovirus epidemic.  Tech stocks moved work, school and entertainment online, but entered a new phase in recent weeks.









  Before this week's return, Apple Inc.  Had leveraged nearly $ 700 billion in market value since the end of July and Tesla<span class="company-name-type"> Inc.</span>


  One of the 10 most valuable companies in the world, more than double the share of electric carmakers.




  Softbank, which showed regulatory filings, bought shares in tech giants like Amazon.com for about $ 4 billion<span class="company-name-type"> Inc.</span>




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  This spring, plus a stake in Tesla.  Those disclosures do not include large-scale option trading, which is designed to pay if the stock market rises to a certain level and then closes in profit, the people said.




  SoftBank spent about $ 4 billion calling options on the underlying shares it had purchased, as well as other names, according to a person familiar with the case.  It also sold call options at very high prices.  This allows SoftBank to benefit from near-term gains in shares and then derive those gains by descending their positions to interested counterparts.




  A massive tech stock- Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook<span class="company-name-type">,</span>


  And Google-masters make up about a quarter of the Alphabet - S&P 500 index.  When they rise or fall, they carry a wide stock market with them.  His dramatic rally in recent weeks catapulted the stock market to new heights, but raised concerns of a dangerous shell that could drag the market under them.




  The possibility of such a holiday came into focus on Friday, as the technically heavy Nasdaq fell sharply on the second day, down nearly 4%. 




  Traders say that market dynamics can be partially explained by investments such as SoftBank.  The options activity is so strong that traders have said it has helped intensify the rally in tech stocks and bring unusual dynamics to the markets.  The position of SoftBank's option was previously reported by Financial Times. 




  Option strategies trended in stocks like Sales Strategy.com<span class="company-name-type"> Inc.</span>


  Traders said that the day after its earnings jumped 26%.  Options are contracts that allow investors to buy or sell shares at a specific price, at a later time.  Call options give the right to buy, while options to sell.  Traders can tap these derivative contracts to place directional bets on stocks or hedge their portfolios.




  Investors purchase individual stocks or option contracts involving broad sequences such as the S&P 500 or Nasdaq Composite.  When banks and brokerages arrange options for investors, they are left with their own performance in the markets. 




  To reduce exposure, option dealers purchase derivatives and stocks.  In the case of call options, this may give the stock and index another boost.  As stocks bounce, they need to defend more, adding fuel to the fire.  Such hedging activity may intensify even when the market is low. 









  According to traders, there are many options, including buying call options on shares like Amazon.com Inc., Adobe.<span class="company-name-type"> Inc.</span>


  Netflix Inc., Facebook Inc.  Microsoft Corp is creating chatter across Wall Street. 




  Some of that option activity has come from individual investors wooed by free trades such as Robinhood Markets Inc. SoftBank's sites, indicating that large institutions are also playing a role in the tech options trading frenzy.




  "It's a fast move," said Danny Kirsch, head of options at Cornerstone Macro, a brokerage in tech options activity.  "That's why this step is growing both ways."




  SoftBank is best known for its $ 100 billion vision fund, which invests in startups including owners of Uber Technologies Inc. and TickTalk.  But in July its founder and CEO, Masayoshi Son, announced a new entity to invest in the public market, similar to hedge funds in its scope and strategy. 




  That unit's share includes a $ 555 million, 12-year fund, of which one-third is Mr. Son's personal funds.  This adds another tent to SoftBank's globe-trotting, asset-spanning investment ambitions.  Mr. Son, often given for eccentric bouts, hides a clue in the name: 555 is pronounced "go, go, go" in Japanese.




  Softbank has recently emerged from a severe rough patch.  The company's bet on office landlord Wework turned sour, requiring Softbank to take it out.  When the epidemic stopped the trip there was a strong emphasis on concentrated investments in riding riding startups.  It reported a $ 9 billion loss in the financial year ended in March, its worst year yet.





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      Softbank's long-term strategy of dumping mountains on promising cash to make big companies a big winner has failed dramatically at WeWork and is inviting scrutiny into the fund's other investments.  Here's a look at the vision fund's structure, and how its rapid investment strategy can make it risky.
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  SoftBank's shares rolled out in March and the company announced major changes in strategy.  It will carry more than $ 40 billion in legacy assets.  The number now exceeds $ 50 billion and will include the sale of its bets to T-Mobile US Inc, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and SoftBank's Japanese telecom unit.




  The majority of that cash was originally earmarked for share cashback and debt redemption.  But SoftBank halted the buyback plan announced in March after which its shares rose.  Mr Son said SoftBank is not in a hurry to repurchase more than about $ 47 billion in bonds, as the company has enough cash to cover redemption for the next two years, and bondholders do not want to sell exclusively .




  This is a departure for Mr. Son, known for long-term bets on young tech firms, including his $ 20 million wager on Alibaba in 2000.  The fund will primarily invest extensively in highly liquid, publicly traded companies.  Derivatives and leverage to increase returns.




  Some SoftBank shareholders are uneasy about the new stock trading unit.  According to SoftBank investors, they themselves invest in tech stocks and are surprised that SoftBank now aims to do the same.  Mr. Son, who holds one-third stake in the stock-trading fund, promised to make a part of the reduction in the fund if the company lost money at the end of its 12 to 14 years of life.  .




  According to two people in a gathering, when he questioned the stake in a virtual investor meeting last month, Mr. Son said he wanted to take the risk and get upside down.  "I'm not a bonus and salary guy," he told the audience, one of those people said.




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