Today's Nat Gas (News) Leak In 3-D Action

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Nanex,

On January 31, 2013, approximately 400 milliseconds before the official release of the EIA Natural Gas Report, trading activity exploded in Natural Gas Futures and ETFs such as UGZ, UNG and BOIL. Now that the Feds have stated that they don't think there is merit in prosecuting people who get news information earlier than others by milliseconds, is it any wonder?

1. Natural Gas Futures - March 2013 (NG.H13) showing trades and depth of book.

1. UNG showing trades color coded by exchange between 10:29:59 and 10:30:04.
This resolution clearly shows trading activity starting about 400 milliseconds before the official news release time of 10:30. Note the spike at 10:30 - which is when everyone else received the information.

2. Natural Gas Futures - March 2013 (NG.H13) showing trades and depth of book.
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3. Natural Gas Futures - March 2013 (NG.H13) showing trades and depth of book.
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4. Natural Gas Futures - March 2013 (NG.H13) showing trades and depth of book.

5. UNG showing trades color coded by exchange between 10:18 and 10:36.

6. UNG showing trades color coded by exchange between 10:29:48 and 10:30:15.

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redpill's picture

Thank goodness, whatever would we do without this market-saving liquidity?  It's practically priceless.

James_Cole's picture

Their new(?) 3D visualizer is awesome!

fourchan's picture

it shows congressman so and so's frontrunning order perfectly.

thats why it is allowed to go on because they have the power and the money.

max2205's picture

reversed..whats new

Stoploss's picture

Im not 100% sure, but i think even a senator could understand those five pictures.

larz's picture

those ARE the senator's trades my friends

slackrabbit's picture

Nothing surprises me anymore......

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Just another normal 400 millisecond market correction.

<Move along, nothing to see here.>

At some point those who live by the millisecond will die by the millisecond.

CPL's picture

That's a cool plugin.  Where about's can I get it to fool around with it?

gmrpeabody's picture

it's a small club and you and me ain't in it.

hat tip to bigdumbnugly

bigdumbnugly's picture

it's a small club and you and me ain't in it.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

No.........but we seem to be under it if that's any consolation.

<But thanks for playing anyway.>

dracos_ghost's picture

"it's a small club and you and me ain't in it."

Yeah, but bring a big fucking club and the party gets interesting.

JeffB's picture

Don't talk like that or we'll be getting tons of new club control legislation.


francis_sawyer's picture

keep in mind that it's ENTIRELY RANDOM, who, 'profts' from these randomly occurring events... & keep in mind that the same 'who' are entirely faceless & unaffiliated...


Now let's move on to GroundHog Day wagering... What's the OVER/UNDER on a quick spring in Punxatawney?...

Al Huxley's picture

Stop confusing me with the facts documenting corruption in the market.  You're making me part of the lunatic fringe.  Tell me everything's good, and there's plenty of money to be made in the completely legitimate and above-board capital markets of this great nation of freedom, justice and opportunity for all.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Please fine tune your mind to CNBC for the latest up-to-the-minute hopium.

<We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming already in progress.>

Uber Vandal's picture

Programming already in progress....

How many people have missed the truth right in front of them...

A Lunatic's picture

It's a big Club and,.... well you all know the rest by now...............

Sutton's picture

I've asked Think or Swim for milli-second charts.

nobusiness's picture

funny thing is the sellers were all wrong nat gas is now up

Al Huxley's picture

Don't fucking kid yourself.  They ran the stops, covered, and went long.  When you get the news early, and can see all the stops, it makes the markets a lot easier to trade successfully.  It's ike fishing in an ornamental Koi pond with dynamite.

buzzsaw99's picture

Fake left, run right. Take it to the house in under twenty milliseconds.

azzhatter's picture

I'm sure dickholder is on the case

reader2010's picture

The whole thing is pretty much doomed.  If you take a good look around you, those who get ahead are those always steal, cheat, mislead, and lie. Now let's get back to the real issue that nobody gives a shit,

firstdivision's picture

LOL!  Natty is still priced too high.  There is a ton of excess capacity that will be making its way to market once they finish some pipelines from the Marcelles, even with the Bakken being more of a bust than a boom.

ivana's picture

so what will be "the regulator" response to all this scam going on for years?

Ban of NANEX, of course

Glass Seagull's picture


Cant' wait for nanex's 4-d chart, where the 4th dimension is a standardized fraud measure.

falak pema's picture

regulation is now a joke on both sides of the political aisle; game over in favour of oligarchy. 

LongSoupLine's picture

I'm so fucking sick of this shit. Maybe a huge fucking lawsuit against the fucking corrupt and lethargic SEC will fucking do it.

Fuck you regulators. Fucking useless assholes.

Bear's picture

What do regulators do with all the time on their hands?

orangegeek's picture

The government writing and enforcing the rules for the system they trade.


No wonder they are trying to change the gun laws.

ziggy59's picture

How long before SEC bans or restricts NANEX from posting info like this?

Sandy15's picture

The FED was probably the one doing the buying before releaseing the info.......

tip e. canoe's picture

there's an ETF called BOIL?   seriously?   as in we have to burn shitloads of liquid petroleum to drill a longass hole into the earth and shoot shitloads of water into it to extract shitloads of gaseous petroleum to burn to BOIL shitloads of water just because we can't figure out a more efficient way to generate shitloads of electric current?


Sunshine n Lollipops's picture

They make more in 400 milliseconds than most people do their whole lives, and don't even break a sweat.

nasa's picture

I think you meant to say that they stole more in 400 milliseconds than most people will make in their lives and the SEC won't even bother to push pause on their 'training video'.

l.kimbot's picture

A geologist once told me:  "Much more money is made above ground, than EVER comes out from below ground."  I won't be surprised to see the current shale plays turn out to be investor-baiting scams, just as the Devonian Shale plays were, "back-in-the-day."

digalert's picture

Thank you Nanex for bringing us grift in living color.

Downtoolong's picture

I guess this means Clarence Beeks of "Trading Places" fame is out of a job too. Who needs an inside man anymore. He's probably fallen off the extended unemployment rolls already. Call it plannedo obsolescence.

UltraP's picture

In the meantime Natgas has reclaimed all of its losses and then some...

Mr. Magoo's picture

Mr Beeks has always proven reliable.

godzila's picture

Very nice visualisations - just for my understanding how do you time a news release with less than 0.5 sec accuracy ?

Lmo Mutton's picture

It's just a little fraud.