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Washington Post Stock Up 100%, Triggers Circuit Breaker After Errant Trades 225,000% Above NBBO Fry System

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Update: According to Bloomberg, this was yet another mini flash crash, where an errant trade somewhere, somehow caused a massive surge in the price as several trades cross at $900+, a few million percent above where the stock has been trading in forever. The stock has now resumed.

Not sure what reason is just yet. But at least those new circuitbreakers get a workout... to the upside.


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Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:15 | 417688 ZeroPower
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Trading now...

edit: well, block order at 1507 i suppose

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:47 | 417799 Cognitive Dissonance
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Testing 1, 2, 3, testing 1, 2, 3.

OK Mac, it looks good to go. When they installed the flash dasher on May 6th, they reversed the wires and caused it to crash down instead of dash up. We finally traced the problem this morning.

Jezz, ya just can't find good help these days.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:17 | 417899 ZerOhead
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Systemic instability... if one were to write a fictional novel about a 'fictitious' market based economy collapsing this would occur near the end of the book... not the beginning.

Thing are ready to get even more unstable I fear. Trade at your own risk.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:31 | 417937 Cognitive Dissonance
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Don't worry, be happy. Mac's on the Never a down day ever again.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:55 | 418006 ZeroPower
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Perfect! Thats the correct implementation of the circuit breakers - as long as it goes down too hard too far, cancel all 'erroneous' trades (aka any tick lower) and restart at highs of the day. And of course, only upticks allowed :)

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 17:11 | 418042 Divided States ...
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I think they found a way to offset a flash crash now. Whenever that happens now, they can flash dash the markets up in a jiffy. 

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 18:20 | 418148 Mactheknife
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I just have to wonder if some fool got stuck with a 900/share market order. Picture that E-trade baby, "See, I just bought stock--ooohhh shit!!!  No really, I just craped my pants. That was easy".

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:32 | 417939 Rick64
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LOL. I knew there was a logical explanation.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:15 | 417691 economessed
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Well damnit.  If I can't get an I-Phone 4G, I'm going to buy a damn newspaper!

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:45 | 417803 Sudden Debt
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but how will you play solitaire then? You didn't think about that one did you?!

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:48 | 417815 economessed
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And I hasten to mention how difficult it is to wrap fresh fish with an I-phone 3G.


<full disclosure:  not an I-phone owner.  Still waiting for the wave of nostalgia to arrive, and someone produce a rotary-dial cell phone before I buy again.>

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:05 | 417871 mojine
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"And I hasten to mention how difficult it is to wrap fresh fish with an I-phone 3G."

um - there's an app for that.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:21 | 417911 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:31 | 417698 Rick64
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Looks like it went up $12.00 on 5200 volume . Then right back down.  Am I missing something?

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:33 | 417763 firstdivision
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What the hell are you looking at? 

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:37 | 417776 ZeroPower
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The 5200 was the minutes vol at 1507. Actual print is deleted from TOS (dunno about your broker) but it hit 929.18 high and got stopped right after

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:30 | 417932 Rick64
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Yes I was looking at TOS. Weird they edited it so fast, they didn't edit the ACN chart on May 6th. Anyway thanks for the info.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:50 | 417826 firstdivision
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Check it out on Google finance then if your trade screen does not show it.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:51 | 417996 Sniper
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I see 766 shares on Arca at 919.18 - 400 at 15:07:30:674, 200 at the same time, and 166 at 15:07:30:684 with 100 shares on ISE and 100 on Nasdaq in between:

15:07:29.696    P    -     451.00        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:29.700    N    -     450.99        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:29.754    P    +     451.83        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:29.754    P    +     451.83        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:29.754    P    +     451.83        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:29.756    N    -     451.51        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:29.764    N    +     451.86        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:29.780    T    -     451.83        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:29.806    N    +     451.86        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:29.856    T    -     451.83        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:29.896    P    +     452.51        200    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.058    D    -     452.35        300    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.088    P    +     452.79        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.092    N    -     452.77        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.106    P    +     453.52        300    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.136    N    -     452.79        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.146    I    +     453.50        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.146    T    -     452.77        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.148    P    +     453.68        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.160    D    -     453.50        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.242    N    +     453.52        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.284    P    +     453.69        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.298    N    -     453.67        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.302    N    +     454.43        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.302    P    +     454.51        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.306    N    +     454.51        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.443    P    +     455.12        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.457    Z    -     453.67        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.457    T    -     453.67        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.457    N    +     455.12        200    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.461    N    +     455.14        200    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.572    P    +     456.91        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.588    P    +     457.76        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.592    I    +     457.99        200    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.594    T    +     458.72        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.618    D    -     457.99        500    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.660    P    -     456.91        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.666    P    +     462.84        100    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.674    P    CXLED  +     919.18        400    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.674    P    CXLED  +     919.18        200    Reg    Trade
15:07:30.676    T    -     462.85        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.678    I    -     459.11        100    Intermarket Sweep Order    Trade
15:07:30.684    P    CXLED  +     929.18        166    Reg    Trade

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 23:51 | 418706 StychoKiller
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"Dave, what are you going to do Dave?  I admit I've made some poor decisions lately, but I'm feeling much better now..."

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:20 | 417711 firstdivision
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EUR/JPY just fell a bit quick as well.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:21 | 417714 Cursive
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It's an opex short squeeze.  Gunnin' for the year!

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:23 | 417717 Joe Shmoe
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Springs are falling off the ol' jalopy.


Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:24 | 417724 Currently Smoki...
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Yum, yum!  Put it in my belly with all the other toxic paper!

Last time I ate tech stock and crapped houses.

This time I'm grinding dookie and crapping gold, bitchez!


Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:26 | 417733 -Michelle-
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Only news I see is that Glenn Beck is attacking a WaPo reviewer.

Maybe people figure it will increase sales.  Heck, "The Road to Serfdom" went to number one on Amazon after a Beck mention.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:27 | 417744 -Michelle-
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"According to Bloomberg, this was yet another mini flash crash, where an errant trade somewhere, somehow caused a massive surge in the price."

Just a system test... nothing to see here... keep buying...

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:27 | 417745 firstdivision
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Leo has been a bit MIA today.  Must be busy trying to figure out what to do with all the money he made off of Chinese Solar's.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:34 | 417762 Johnny Dangereaux
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Maybe someone got some inside info on the forthcoming gadget flash-melt-up a phrase now too?  I would rather it be called tuna-melt-up....

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:34 | 417770 monmick
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Could it have been staged, just to show that the circuit breakers are working and to try to increase the confidence in the system?

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:40 | 417787 ZeroPower
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Exactly my thoughts.

If you look at WPO anyway, its a big POS. Nobody trades that thing, 60k ADV is bullshit. Its not like it was 'hammered' by HFT or retail since it doesn't trade enough (thats why owners keep it at those levels instead of s/s btw).

This was probably to show 'hey look the system works'

 Cause for a stock to go berzerk over a minuscule order, is total bs.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:50 | 417823 Hansel
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I know guys who almost exclusively trade BRK.A, BRK.B, SEB, WPO, NVR.  People do trade those things.  The spread is fat if you can make it and there aren't as many algos in the high dollar, low volume stocks.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 19:41 | 418309 ZeroPower
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Wow, the guys that trade class A of brk must be big ballers!

Look at GOOG, AMZN, AAPL. Notice the difference in vol? You dont fucking daytrade a 66k adv stock without asking for it, the depth of it for anyone trying to make a decent trade would kill you (im not talking a 1 share trade)

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 23:29 | 418675 Hansel
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Yes, some of them are.  20 shares for 1,000 points is nothing to sneeze at.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:47 | 417812 Joe Shmoe
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I suppose that's possible, but I see it more as another example of the tremors that foretell an eruption.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:27 | 417925 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Hmmm.  Interesting

if you were pull something like that why not choose a media property with a price that doesn't move around too much. 

Great Shite-Shakespeare dramatic angle for those who only can find time to get news from the LCD in the elevator...

Plausible, no...Memorable?  BINGO!

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:38 | 417777 papaswamp
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Flash Dash...Flash Crash...these sure do seem to be happening more and more...the market about to pffffzzzzzttt!

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:49 | 417818 buzzsaw99
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The trades will be cancelled. There goes my WOPPO profit. lololololol

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:49 | 417819 Hacker
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Perhaps it was a test to see how far the spread stealing bots will follow a lead. What if it was introduced through a specific channel to see who might be watching to that channel ahead of the public?

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:12 | 417883 Circumspice
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Seems like there were three separate trades around 3:07:30pm and shortly thereafter:

  • 166 shares at $929.18
  • 200 shares at $919.18
  • 400 shares at $919.18

All on the Arca electronic crossing network.

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:13 | 417888 Arkadaba
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My first thought was this was some type of stress test (software design parlance not Timmy's kind)

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 17:59 | 418123 Invisible Hand
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Please tell me why I even follow the markets?

I don't trade anymore, I don't believe that it is a real market anymore, I don't even believe we have a real government anymore.

I feel like I am trapped in a horrible dream and I can't make myself wake up.

Somewhat like Scrooge when Marley showed up.  "There is more of the margarita than the market about you." (or something like that)

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 19:12 | 418252 mephisto
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Sounds more like Marla than Marley...

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 23:55 | 418721 StychoKiller
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"That's it Thing, lend a hand!"..."Garbage, sludge, toxic waste -- it's all ours!"  -- Gomez Adams [Like your avatar!]

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 21:19 | 418445 ratava
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last desperate short squeeze before downtrend resumes?

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 23:52 | 418711 FranSix
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Flash trading programmes are always testing the waters with low volume trades to provide a probability trade or curve of probabilities.

Since the market is so overburdened with buys and sells, with nobody owning a single stock or having to pay a single penny if the trade goes their way, there would be major opportunities in stock market dogs in a growth markets, but you would need a healthy balance sheet before going after the flash trading bucket shops and massive naked short positions.

Nothing new with these kinds of "jumps" where naked shorting is the rule.  If I remember correctly, there were numerous stocks in all exchanges that saw these kinds of jumps just prior to the Nasdaq crash.

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 00:48 | 418796 palmereldritch
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What no trades at $999.00?

Maybe the FED was stepping in to support the stock price...they've got lots of cash and more than a passing history with WaPo:


Eugene Isaac Meyer (October 31, 1875 – July 17, 1959) was an American financier, public official, publisher of the Washington Post newspaper. He served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1930 to 1933. He was the father of publisher Katharine Graham.

History is a funny thing, especially when you read it...ahhh, the bitter fruits of the seeds of destruction...."You know, I think this thing might come in handy"~ [speculative quote of new proprietor Mr. Meyer]

WaPo, redefining the meaning of beneficial owner?  Nah....just another coincidence




Thu, 06/17/2010 - 07:33 | 419012 Grand Supercycle
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EURO bullish warnings mentioned earlier, have strengthened today. Vice versa for the USD index of course.

I have detected EURO buying support for several weeks now.

XAUEUR daily chart gives bearish warnings as of today.

This could be an important development.

The proprietary indicators I use in my technical analysis can identify trend changes before they occur.

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