Specifically, in our country, the social network Telegram has been crowded with groups to buy and sell shares in a coordinated way. The Tubacex case (Spanish steel pipe manufacturing company) has been the first target of this group of imitators known in Telegram as “Spanish WS Bets.” After soaring 15% in the stock market following that move, Tubacex has caught the attention of the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV). For the moment, the CNMV claims not to have seen anything suspicious in the stock price. Apart from Tubacex, assets with suspicious movements include silver and several cryptocurrencies.
The CNMV already warned that a phenomenon such as the GameStop case in Spain would constitute market manipulation, with fines of up to 30 million euros up to 6 years imprisonment. However, the truth is that experts are talking about a legal vacuum.
This only leads to even more uncertainty due to the volatility of shares in the Ibex 35 index. It faces the possibility of replicas through massive purchases of shares simultaneously orchestrated by the aforementioned Telegram group.
In recent days, Tubacex has announced several measures to adjust the workforce in its factories to the current market situation of reduced investments and, therefore, of its order book. These measures include the reduction of 150 jobs as well as a Layoff Plan for 650 jobs in the Llodio and Amurrio plants.