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SoftBank's new stock trading details raise concerns of financial stability

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SoftBank said the fair value of its futures and options positions came to $2.7 billion at the end of September, suggesting its positions are more conservative than originally feared

Group provided new details about its stock and options trading program, a controversial effort that roiled markets and raised concerns about the Japanese company’s financial stability.

said the fair value of its futures and options positions came to $2.7 billion at the end of September, suggesting its positions are more conservative than originally feared. That included long call options on listed stocks worth $4.69 billion and short call options on listed stock with negative $1.26 billion of value, the company said .

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The long call options carried a notional principal of $72.1 billion as of September 30, while the short call options had a negative notional principal of $47.6 billion. It also detailed $16.8 billion in stock investments, including $6.3 billion in Amazon.com, $2.2 billion in Facebook and $1.8 billion in Zoom.

Meanwhile, the conglomerate reported a record $7.6 billion profit in its Vision Fund business for the three months ended September 30.

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First Published: Tue, November 10 2020. 00:21 IST
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