Presenting The November 30th Rebalance Anomaly

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Anyone watching the close of the market last night will likely still be shaking off the hangover as we noted 'the most ridiculous' market movements occurred in the space of a few milliseconds. As ever, trusty investigator of all things ridiculous in equity markets, Nanex highlights a rather disturbing trend, now completed its third year, where volume compression simply breaks the market. On 11/30/11, quotes from Nasdaq suddenly stopped for about 20 seconds after another explosive close where multiple seconds worth of trading were jammed into the last second. However, trading at Nasdaq wasn't affected. This is yet another example of where direct feeds illegally give data to one group of subscribers ahead of the consolidated feed. Clearly, the NBBO was ignored. For the last 3 years (2009, 2010, and 2011), there has been unusually high trading activity in the final minutes of trading activity on the last trading day in November. We show one example stock in detail below (SPY). Human discounting of a known rebalancing event? No. Completely 'broken markets' that are driven by self-reinforcing and chaos-reverting algos? Yes.

Note, green filled circles are FORM-T trades (after hours). Blue filled is the market closing print. 

From 11/30/11...


Source: Nanex

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Sat, 12/01/2012 - 20:36 | 3027161 SGS
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I dont know what this means my facebook page is not telling me what this means, what do I do?

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 20:42 | 3027176 Sextus Empiricus
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Hold on... Lindsay Lohan got arrested again. I need to see this.

Did you see what Kim Kardashian was wearing at that ceremony?

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 20:46 | 3027182 NewThor
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Orion rebalanced somethings in our solar system

on 11-30-2012-1:20am Texas time,

when he held the Moon in his right hand and Jupiter

notched as an arrow in his bow in his left hand.

The bad guy tides won't last forever.

I wrote a song and made a video for this exact topic.

26000 year star alignments are awesome

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 21:17 | 3027225 disabledvet
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not bad. reminded me of this song actually:
as you can here there's a certain "physicality" to this music...something i think you should work on...especially if you want keep posting cutie pies to your tunes. in other words "try and do it for 9 minutes" to speak. needless to say i highly doubt this song is going to win any competitions on any of those music shows on television these days. who knew it would lead to songs like this though: which according to wiki was a tribute to former band member Syd Barrett "who they didn't even recognize" when he came to the studio while they recorded it: this song lasts ten case any of you were wondering. "goes well with a bull market in equities" i might add.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 23:21 | 3027434 AlaricBalth
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An overwhelming majority of these events are due to aggressive use of Intermarket Sweep Orders (ISO's) by HFT's. These type of orders work against the order protection rule.

"An HFT submits a package of ISO-marked orders to exchange A and simultaneously sends ISO-marked orders matching the size of Protected Quotes to all trading venues quoting at the NBBO. ISO-marked orders rip through the order book at exchange A resulting in a Mini Flash Crash, despite the additional liquidity available deeper in the order book at other trading venues. "

Many other events occur due to auto-routing.

"In an auto-rerouted initiated Mini Flash Crash. A trader submits an order to exchange A and, as exchange A is not displaying the NBBO, the part of the order matching the size of the Protected Quotation at exchange B will be routed to comply with the Order Protection rule. Once the Protected Quotation at exchange B is cleared, the resulting balance of orders will be filled at exchange A regardless of the prevailing liquidity at other trading venues, resulting in a Mini Flash Crash."

This study released yesterday cites Nanex, and is quite informative concerning this issue.

High Frequency Trading and Mini Flash Crashes
Anton Golub, John Keane and Ser-Huang Poon

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 11:48 | 3028027 Joshua_D
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I love some Floyd.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 00:35 | 3027503 q99x2
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Kim Kardashian sucks. Olivia Cockburn Wilde is great in Deadfall. At times she doesn't wear much at all.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 02:56 | 3027614 CheapBastard
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Celebrities, athletes and Wall Street Bankers reaped over 85% of the wealth growth during the last 8 years I read.



Sun, 12/02/2012 - 10:58 | 3027930 robochess
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Well then become a celebrity, an athelete, or a banker or reapply for your food stamps.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 20:40 | 3027171 Sextus Empiricus
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Watson took a break from Jeopardy and made a few billion trades, amassing trillions of dollars in seconds.

Oh wait, that's sorta like Goldman Sachs and the others.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 20:40 | 3027172 Tirpitz
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Gotta stay long. From crash to crash.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 20:51 | 3027189 Global Hunter
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In Canada now, if a small independent brokerage executes an order for an exchange listed stock on the very exchange that the company's shares are listed on while the same share price was bid/offer at a better price on one of about 7 other new fandangled exchanges in Canada then the regulators will come down on them with full fury.

I wonder if they'll be doing any investigations into the large Canadian bank owned brokerages that have direct access to the NASDAQ? 

Well I don't really wonder, pretty sure they won't.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 20:55 | 3027195 tooriskytoinvest
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Europe Is Heading Into A Full-Blown Depression, Entire Financial System Could Literally Fall Apart At Any Moment,  And It Will End Up Dragging The Entire Globe Down With It.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 08:49 | 3027763 Dr. Sandi
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Sat, 12/01/2012 - 20:59 | 3027201 Sextus Empiricus
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I grew up being told, "If you work really hard, you'll get ahead"
Now with student loans and credit card debt I'd rather be dead
So I said, "Screw the system, I'll just go rogue"
And then I thought, "Is this what the powerful do when they can't print gold?"

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 21:02 | 3027204 Being Free
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direct feeds illegally give data to one group of subscribers ahead of the consolidated feed.

I'm shocked!  Shocked, I tell you!

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 21:36 | 3027263 Yen Cross
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 I'm saving that chart for EKM/ He will tear it ap[art]<>

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 21:42 | 3027273 max2205
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Every Friday is Opex for a lot of big issues. That's it, move on....

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 21:47 | 3027282 Nid
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NYSE volume was 500 million at 3:59. It was 1.2 Billion at 4:00

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 21:56 | 3027303 luckylogger
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It was a rebalance day, most times i agree with the Nanex stuff and I hate the fact that the algos trip stops after hours just to fuk the retail trader. However I think this was just a glut of market on close orders put in by portfolio managers all over the world. Just my 2c.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:27 | 3027356 nanex
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What don't you agree with? That Nasdaq's quote disappeared for 20 seconds? Or that they kept trading while their quote was out? I never understand how people can "disagree" with facts.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:53 | 3027392 luckylogger
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I was just saying they were probably market on close orders and all will be filled at the settlement price, except of course the retail tradedr who always gets fuked..

Thats it they ar continuously getting over ridden by too many orders............. sure it fuks the retail guy but who cares? the sec?................

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 23:11 | 3027425 Yen Cross
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 nanex, have fun Monday morning whilst you adjust your bid/sell front running liquidity/  Your day is coming, basement baby<>

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:25 | 3027351 LongSoupLine
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let me break down the technicals into laymans terms:



we are all getting fucked up the ass by super computers owned by a select few in power that have the full blessing and backing of every corrupt regulator, politician, exchange and the Fed.


fuck all of you fuckers i listed above.  may your holidays be filled with pain, prison and dull chainsaws cutting your fucking balls off you fucking pricks.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:37 | 3027371 newworldorder
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OK then. What are we going to do about it??? Asolutely nothing!!!!!!! Most dont give a sheet.

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 14:27 | 3028214 dognamedabu
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Totally. Try bringing this shit up at a cocktail party or on break at work. They look at you like you must be alien.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:43 | 3027379 cdude
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Tell how you REALLY feel.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:47 | 3027385 Fred Hayek
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You must be a California juror. There's a softy in every bunch.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 23:17 | 3027428 WillyGroper
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Dull chainsaws  ;oD luv it!

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 02:00 | 3027580 Yen Cross
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fuck the fed and Timmey to! Don't mess with long soup lines!

  Am I wrong?

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:25 | 3027352 ISEEIT
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Is it really so bad?


Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:36 | 3027368 nanex
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Here's a link to charts of this years November close:

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:56 | 3027398 Schmuck Raker
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Thanks for sharing all your hard work with us.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 22:58 | 3027400 covert
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downtrends will continue


Sat, 12/01/2012 - 23:11 | 3027424 dannyboy
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This is so much bullshit, I don't know how they can do this without the rest of the market being up in arms about it. I don't even trade equities and this makes me fucking rage so hard..

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 23:24 | 3027432 Yen Cross
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 Long shanked algorythoms/  Hey nanex, why are you bidding risk? Tell me why you are shopping for miniscule sector bids/sells in a whole sector? 

Tell me why you can't fill a bid or sell contract because the banks can't keep up with you! 

   I trade currencies, the fastest markets on planet Earth, and I'm still leveraged, not NAKED SELLING/BUYING SHIT I will never take delivery of!

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 08:47 | 3027759 Dr. Sandi
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What escapes me is why more people don't start betting on pro wrestling instead of the rigged 'markets.'

At least with gambling on pro wrestling, the good guys win most of the time. What more guidance do you need for your investment dollars?

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 14:48 | 3028234 gmak
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It would have been nice to post this on Nov 28 or 29, no?

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