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Observe The Short Squeeze

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Confused at why the stock market has risen phoenix-like this week amid no-news on the fiscal cliff, a lack of closure on Greece and EU budgets, and a further collapse in Japan's trade balance? Wonder no longer; for the explanation is simple - a massive and dramatic short-squeeze has created a 200bps outperformance this week among the most-shorted Russell 3000 names. Impressive indeed; sustainable? One wonders if an "expert network" was used by various known and unknown CT-based hedge funds for "advice" to ramp stops in the highest beta, most shorted stocks in a market in which volume would be so abysmal any entity which already controls 10% of NYSE volume could do with the market as it saw fit?

From Friday's close...

 

and why the squeeze is over...

Chart: Bloomberg

 


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Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:16 | Link to Comment Oldballplayer
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Well sure, its POSSIBLE.  But of course that would never happen because its unethical.  Right?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:44 | Link to Comment flacon
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This market is FUBAR. 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:15 | Link to Comment DavidC
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If it IS the case, it certainly shows how absolutely desparate they're getting. ANYTHING to keep the stock markets up.

DavidC

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:18 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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MCP, zum Beispiel.  

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:22 | Link to Comment flacon
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Ich wusste dass nicht.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:18 | Link to Comment Water Is Wet
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This article shows very little.  At market bottoms, shorted stocks bounce faster because there are more forced buyers.  In any broad rally a stock with high short interest will outperform.  This chart is indicative of nothing special.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:29 | Link to Comment Non Passaran
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- thin volume
- no particularly good news (except German "confidence" ;-))

Of course that IS special. But you are right, the weird is new normal because manipulation has become rampant.

This could be close to end of this bounce.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:22 | Link to Comment Non Passaran
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I sold some PM miners that gained way too much today and bought some short positions. I am still net long in PMs, but sorry, today's rally looks suspicious!
Check out the volume, it's pathetic.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:22 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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Let's not get caught up by a day's activity or even a few days.

 

SP500 weekly is not looking healthy.

 

http://bullandbearmash.com/chart/sp500-weekly-trend-continues-losing-15/

 

It is interesting to hear about the misery coming from Europe and the Fiscal end in the US while the SP500 is up over 3% this week.  Gong show continues - let's see for how much longer.

 

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:36 | Link to Comment DavidC
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1 - It's not possible to view the chart(s) without being a member and logging in.

2 - On a daily basis, the Dow and S&P are just into overbought, on a weekly basis they are still overSOLD. Monthly, yes, they are definitely still in overbought (low Bollinger on my charts is at around 11,350 Dow, 1180 S&P).

3 - Intraday, on the periods I look at, they are overbought.

DavidC

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:24 | Link to Comment 1fortheroad
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The primary dealers know exactly where your shorts are.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:44 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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Exactly.  I'm sure they have full access to all positions and your stops.

No fucking doubt about it.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 15:00 | Link to Comment WmMcK
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I'm trading the GSR between 48.5 and 57.5.
Some off here below 51.5, more at 48.5.
There -- now they really know all my "stops".
They can keep it in this range as long as they want for me.
My hands are strong and I'll try to refrain from boating.

Sat, 11/24/2012 - 00:57 | Link to Comment Nage42
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Right where they've instructed you to keep your shorts:

 

Wadded up in a tight ball between the two-legged market to back-stop the market's quivering sphincter for when it all drops out in a wet bubbly spray.

 

Queue WB7 visual graphical warfare imagry~

 

Nage42  ;)

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:25 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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Silver bitchez

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:33 | Link to Comment swissaustrian
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That's a short squeeze in pms days before op/ex. Pain for the right guys, the commercials. Fuck the commercials.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 17:12 | Link to Comment SilverSavant
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If you haven't changed at least 50% of your ass and assets into silver then you have an IQ of less than 60.  silver means hard metal in you possession and off the effing radar.   Silver is the investment opportunity of not just the effing century, but of the effing effing effing effing world.   Do you know what the eff, effing means.    Can you understand retard?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 17:18 | Link to Comment SilverSavant
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I am living in CH these days and my lovely CH mitely has left for the day and I have gotten into the liguor cupboard.   Still, what  I have to say is the words of a guy who has quite wasting his words on people who haven't got a clue.   I love u guys at ZH and this is for you.   Buy all the effing silver you can and then when you finally meet me, spend some of it and make my gal proud.   She is wonderful, but she can't understand what TF I am talking about.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 17:39 | Link to Comment SilverSavant
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I am living in CH these days and my lovely CH mitely has left for the day and I have gotten into the liguor cupboard.   Still, what  I have to say is the words of a guy who has quit wasting his words on people who haven't got a clue.   I love u guys at ZH and this is for you.   Buy all the effing silver you can and then when you finally meet me, spend some of it and make my gal proud.   She is wonderful, but she can't understand what TF I am talking about.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:31 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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Confused at why the stock market has risen phoenix-like this week

Bernanke providing extra confetti to spend on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Never short a manipulated market

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:31 | Link to Comment DavidC
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"and why the squeeze is over..."

I hope so, I hope so.

DavidC

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:32 | Link to Comment resurger
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It's as if they have an algorithem that reads the short's and the long's togther ...

Fuck you Bernanke

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:32 | Link to Comment holgerdanske
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I have been thinking along the same lines. There are fewer participants in the market. There is more money created out of nothing! Ther is absolutleynothing preventing the creators of more paper buying the universe, if they so desire. And fewer people to inform about the intention.

However, what we are seeing in todays move is simply a devaluation in the dollar, compared to EUR. Have a look at the price of gold in EUR and Dollars.

In the longer run, who knows. The stock market in Weimar Germany and even recently in Zimbabwe hit records day after day, until it suddenly didn't.

 

Are we going to see the same here. I have no doubt. When, is the 64000 $ question.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:35 | Link to Comment swissaustrian
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Maybe somebody leaked the info three weeks early that the FED is going to extend op/twist by purchasing long terms treasuries without sterilizing them using short term treasury sales.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:37 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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80 Billion dollars a month, IMO. 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:38 | Link to Comment Wardley
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Interesting finding Tyler.

I wonder which tool did you use to plot the red line? (most shorted Russel3000)

Thanks.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:42 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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Yea.

And, they'll do it over and over and over.

So, get fucking used to it.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:45 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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Time to bang the shit out of the close.

Fuck it.  Get 20 handles in.

That'll fill the Toys'R'Us tonight.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:46 | Link to Comment Itch
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Now just look how easily they can do this...i would love to know how the fuck they manage it. Not complaining today, but more and more i am witnessing the absurd piranha price action over miniscule 10k lots, its as if they have carte blanch to do what they like with the price my the truth be dammed. I would love to know how they actually manage it, whether its through some mixture of complicated optionality and HFT. or if central banks just tell them the levels to stay away from, all else is fair game. Either way, im beginning to feel like a lamb lost in an abattoir. 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:52 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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They WILL do it.

Period.

You WILL FUCKING get CONFIDENT.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:15 | Link to Comment SaveTheBales
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Confident?  You think we're not confident?  We're on a Mission from God, good man. We're walking softly and carrying nuclear weapons.  We are long Hostess.  What the hell could possibly go wrong with Ding Dongs?

If you are trading thin markets and don't expect this, then just stop.  They're going to do shit like this, because they make a lot of money at it.  (or they'd stop).  That's why I stack now, and don't trade.  This shit is for pros.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment holgerdanske
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If you are lost, maybe that is not so bad. It is when you get found you get dead!

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment WmMcK
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"Either way, im beginning to feel like a lamb lost in an abattoir." I'm happy to remain just: "a heterosexual in khaki shorts" - Python

This is NOT a recommendation to short, of course.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:47 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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 Re-test of ES 1425 (50 DMA) early next week (Cyber Monday) until we see a resumption of selling.  

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:55 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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I love a good simplistic easy to calculate retarded (and rounded to the nearest 50!) moving average to base massive moves on.

It lets the retards 'play along'.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:59 | Link to Comment gjp
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I love your bitterness, Boiler.  Obviously, because I share it.  But really, how can you not just be appalled day after day?  Fuck it, where's my Obamaphone?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:13 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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I am just looking for a point to re-short using retarded calculations to fade a full retard bull move. 

Where do you thing the intermediate top is Boiler or Tyler (HYG)?

(crickets)

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:15 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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No..No..No...

'moving day averages' based on multiples of 50 are unbelievably proven and legitimate tools.

That's the real shit, right there.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 16:51 | Link to Comment w00dmann
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As in, 50 DMA or 50 EMA?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:48 | Link to Comment PUD
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MERKEL SAYS DONE DEAL MONDAY

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:48 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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MCP ... laecherlich, laecherlich, laecherlich

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:59 | Link to Comment holgerdanske
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MCP ... laecherlich, laecherlich, laecherlich

 

translation:,

laughable, etc, etc, etc ...  cough!

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:05 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 The casino wonders why they don't have anyone to play with besides themselves. ES ramped back over  1400?  On hopium...

  I'll bet that the Greek news(bailout), will be a sell the fact, after this ramp up...

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:50 | Link to Comment mdtrader
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The shorts have been smashed. If I wanted to get short 1415 on the SPX would be the area of interest.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:53 | Link to Comment El Hosel
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Its the "Porn market", every scene ends the same.... with a happy squirt higher.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:54 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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Now for the AAPL ramp, lulz

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:58 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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it's just algos flipping the same shares back and forth

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:01 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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Works like a fucking charm.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:58 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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BANG THAT FUCKING CLOSE!!!

BANG IT!!!

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:01 | Link to Comment gjp
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Really was orchestrated to perfection, wasn't it?  Who says the Maestro is no longer on the scene?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:06 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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They'll do whatever the fuck they want to do.

Then people, and this site, attempt to discuss it with charts, 'moving averages', and other pathetic bullshit.

IT'S BEING FUCKING MANIPULATED.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
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Yes, but there is method to their madness. I just wish I knew what it is.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:59 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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I am feeling so confident, I need to run out and buy 25 iPad minis for office stocking stuffers.  

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:03 | Link to Comment SmoothCoolSmoke
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Unreal.......

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:15 | Link to Comment Compwiz4u
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The "legal" Counterparty Risk Management Group, which includes all the big banks, hedgers, etc., know the positions and use that info to profit, like today's squeeze.

I also believe that they use that knowledge when stocks are ripe with profits so they can naked short them at critical junctures.

The market is rigged much more than most realize.

 

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:21 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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The SEC protects your privacy with regard to holdings, stop loss levels, an ordering patterns.

Everyone knows that.  Your premise is bullshit.

It's just a full blown buying spree on a shortened trading day.  Everyone was mouse clicking the shit out of their E*TARD account.  There is no limit to the amount of retail interest in the market.

Where did this moon bat come from?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 02:40 | Link to Comment Compwiz4u
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Then please tell me exactly what the Counterparty Risk Management Group looks at to manage their risks?

Here is their website

Curiously, they organized on August 6, 2008 just before the crash, which some think was engineered.

I'll make it easy for you as this is from SECTION IV-6a of RISK MONITORING AND RISK MANAGEMENT:

"Large integrated financial intermediaries should be able to use exposure aggregation data both prospectively to avoid undue concentrations and, if necessary, in real time to react to unanticipated counterparty credit events."

And this part shows that they will look everywhere for that data.

"...counterparty credit risks, including correlations and directionality, should be evaluated based not only on positions within a large integrated financial intermediary, but also considering available data regarding the size and direction of positions the counterparty has at other firms."

In case you don't realize it, when you own a stock or bond you are their counterparty.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 02:47 | Link to Comment Compwiz4u
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Sorry, here is a working link: Counterparty Risk Management Group

 

 

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 14:17 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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DOW 13,000 AND SPX 1,400

Oh my fucking god....

That's just tremendous and completely psychologically valuable.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 21:44 | Link to Comment Never One Roach
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"Rickards advises investors to sell assets if they're sitting on large capital gains because those taxes, now 15%, will rise anywhere from 20% to 40%. "I don't know where that number will come out but I know it will be higher," says Rickards."

 

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/careful-wish-regarding-fisca...

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 21:46 | Link to Comment Woodrox
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it started with pelosi last friday

Sat, 11/24/2012 - 11:24 | Link to Comment RopeADope
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You mean when she said, "We wanted to send the markets a message that us politicians will not allow markets to force us to balance the budget and take away our vote buying giveaways."

 

That occasion?

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 23:55 | Link to Comment ak_khanna
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The stock, commodity and currency exchanges have been reduced to gambling dens whereby the more powerful traders with deep pockets move the markets to maximize their own profits at the expense of the remaining not so powerful players. The big boys have enormous money power to move the markets in the direction which results in maximum profits for themselves. They effectively use the media to lure the other players in the market to a position where they would incur maximum loss.
The markets will fall only when the banksters have eliminated all the short positions and only they themselves have positioned themselves to profit when the market falls
OR
When an unexpected world event catches the banksters with their pants down and the softwares they use to rig the markets go berserk beyond their control.

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article35345.html

www.letstalkmoney2012.in

Sat, 11/24/2012 - 16:59 | Link to Comment DowTheorist
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Excellent post. So I all the action we saw in the last few days was merely a short covering rally.

 

This fits with another two factors:

 

1. Volume has been declining as the stocks advanced. Always a bearish sign.

2.  A primary bear market signal was flashed on Nov 16. So the odds favor declining prices in the future.

 

http://www.dowtheoryinvestment.com/2012/11/dow-theory-recap-what-are-oth...

 

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