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At 13:19:58, in a brief 1 second interval, it appears someone (or thing) decided it was time to slam $138mm notional to work with no consequence for market impact or cost basis. 15,700 S&P 500 e-mini contracts surged through in that second, running all the stops above the highs of the day to test up to the highs from Monday (pre-election). Meanwhile, FX and Treasury markets are not at all enthused... but whetever it takes to get the Dow to all-time highs...

NMS Stock trades priced below $240 color coded by exchange via Nanex.

ES depth (or complete lack thereof) chart also via Nanex.


S&P 500 futures (volume came on stop-run above yesterday's highs)...


Bonds don't care...


FX doesn't care...


Charts: Bloomberg


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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:55 | 3286759 TruthInSunshine
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Kevin Henry'd.

When fiat's for nothing (free), the sky's the limit on CRM or PCLN.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:07 | 3286856 Cdad
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Even the Great Santelli seems to have been given his BlowHorn [CNBC] marching orders to prepare the golf clap...consequences be damned.  Just need the "venerable" Art Cashin' to say "buy e'm" to complete the 6 sigma move to never before seen low credibility levels on Wall Street.

The time to finally....finally sell CMCSA is very close.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:57 | 3287176 Zap Powerz
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The machines have become self aware.  Were fucked.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:09 | 3286870 GolfHatesMe
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Kevin is the new Adam Smith

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 17:10 | 3287589 TruthInSunshine
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"The Wealth of Yellens"

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:12 | 3286894 tickhound
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No sacrifice the natives make to the alter of PONZI is in vain.  New highs will bring the rains, provide bountiful harvests, bring victory on the battlefield, and allow us to build more monuments in his glory.

Ben is a Holy Man.  He maketh the good medicine.  PONZI is pleased. 

Have faith, followers.  PONZI rewards only the true believers.  If stuff is what you require, stuff is what you shall receive. 

In his name we pray.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:48 | 3287099 Ham-bone
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I wonder if this was done so visibly to clearly show that this is now support, this 1522 is the new floor that will be defended...have no fear???

Otherwise, "somebody" just top ticked a whole lotta SPY?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:54 | 3286760 DaveyJones
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I think that's a good idea to start calling them "things" and not "people"

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:03 | 3286830 THX 1178
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I don't know seems like... like they're becoming aware.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:02 | 3287196 Fidel Sarcastro
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Yeah, here it is in another form --->chart2

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:13 | 3287261 francis_sawyer
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Nice to know that the 'noble gases' are absolved from any wrongdoing...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:32 | 3287382 Edward Fiatski
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:54 | 3286761 Lost Wages
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I also don't care.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:58 | 3286791 Cdad
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If you are one of the majority outside of the criminal syndicate known as Wall Street, you don't care.  Americans have not cared about the market for years...which is exactly why it is the centerpiece Ben Bernanke's giant policy tool.

But watch the other "tools" on The BlowHorn [CNBC] today.  Shortly, they will all show you just how much regard they have for you...and the currency you use to buy food and gasoline...which they are destroying so that they can all golf clap at some point today.


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:09 | 3286872 scatterbrains
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poor working folks need to realize that the price of these bankster cock suckers pushing their stock holdings higher comes directly straight out of their poor broke ass pockets.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:44 | 3287106 ebworthen
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The CNBC "countdown to the top of the markets" is nausea inspiring.

The hysteria, the belief that it means something, the complete lack of understanding of how tragic it is...surreal indeed.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:02 | 3286822 aint no fortuna...
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It was Dimon. He's fuckin rich, dontcha know?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:55 | 3286768 Downtoolong
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Because, who needs liquidity when you are the liquidity.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:55 | 3286770 gbresnahan
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all time highs = best times to short.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:05 | 3286844 Fish Gone Bad
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This will be an all time high, followed by more all time highs.  As $85B a month is coming into the markets, it has to go SOMEWHERE.  This bitch will bite your balls off if you short it. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:12 | 3286888 SillySalesmanQu...
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The invisible sign still hangs over the entrance of every major exchange


                                                   BY ORDER OF JAMIE AND LLOYD

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:20 | 3286951 Mark123
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I hear what you say....however, somewhere in this world (perhaps China and Germany?) who will push back.  We won't hear about it, but don't think the Fed cartel can do whatever it wants. 


Just think how long it took China to amass its US treasury hoard, and the price it paid.  It took the Fed nothing to become "wealthier" by making an entry in a computer system....

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:14 | 3287264 Harbanger
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"all time highs = best times to short."

You may be right. They usually short the market right after everyone is all in.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:55 | 3286771 IridiumRebel
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Bonds don't give a shit........

O/T: Went over to see what thh fuckheads at HuffPo were saying to all of this, you cannot even log in to comment. Fuck that site. I'll waste more time here.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:57 | 3286773 slaughterer
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Once again, my short SPY/long PM portfolio is fucked, I mean, Kevin Henry'ed.   This 20something Cgrade intern from Rutgers is now a temp master of the universe.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:59 | 3286795 michigan independant
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Sorry to hear that and thanks for being candid.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:02 | 3286823 TruthInSunshine
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Never begin to short until the spinal cord snaps.

The sound is quite distinctive. You have to hang 'em high.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 21:23 | 3288524 Jay Gould Esq.
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Indeed. Nothing quite as "resonant" as a hemp cravat.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:59 | 3286805 fuu
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We're all in the afterlife now as we died on Wednesday.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:27 | 3287003 lemonobrien
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i love the philosophical side of the monkey.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:00 | 3286809 Cursive
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Boy Genious twentysomething, punk'd out bitch at thirtysomething.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:00 | 3286816 fonzannoon
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slaughterer come on you know you are long spy and short pm's. It's cool. That is probably the way to go. Just make sure you get out of the way in time.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:06 | 3286848 slaughterer
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Fuck no, I am uncool, contrarian, ZHindoctrinated.  (LOng PM, short SPY)  (Sorry to all the kids on ZH, but you got to be able to swallow ZH with a little bit of Xrated swearing from the ZHbots.).  

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:09 | 3286866 fonzannoon
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I would not sweat it. The bernak and obummer said the sequester will hurt, and so it shall.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:10 | 3286874 francis_sawyer
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the only winning move is not to play

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:53 | 3287159 PartysOver
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Hmmm, and I thought the only winning move was to be delusional in understanding Obamanomics and Uncle Ben's policy.  

We are living in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine...............

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 03:27 | 3289295 StychoKiller
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"Quick, someone push a trading button..."

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:44 | 3288201 optimator
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Unless you're the FED or the Banksters and it's your (marked) deck.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:56 | 3286778 nobusiness
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I care, I short this piece of shit and as usual am getting killed by fed cash.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:57 | 3286785 mdtrader
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By the time the FED is finished everybody will be broke.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:56 | 3287175 venturen
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But we will all be millionaires....just like Zimbabwe

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:37 | 3287407 Bicycle Repairman
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Quadrillionaires.  Ironic, no?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 19:43 | 3288196 optimator
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An exact repeat of the Weimar Mark.  When they tell you the Mark was made worthless, they never tell you that the Gold Mark became worth a foture by comparison.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:57 | 3286786 Cursive
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Amazing.  Think of the virtual kinetic energy that is being stored in this rubberband of a market rally.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:58 | 3286787 mac768
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The market got bernanket again....

grace of the trillions fabricated out of thin air by the FED

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:58 | 3286788 Racer
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If it's not your money that you gamble with (but keep the profits and not experience any losses) you don't give a $h1t about price

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:59 | 3286802 Jason T
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to infinity....and beyond!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:59 | 3286803 Lord Peter Pipsqueak
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Someone with advance knowledge of a deal done on the sequester?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:07 | 3286858 vote_libertaria...
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Haven't you heard?  Tomorrow the prez will meet with the congressional leaders around the big meeting table, smile for the cameras and pledge they are working really hard to fix the sequester/budget mess.


Isn't that the same thing as fixing the problem?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:47 | 3287120 ebworthen
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"Top people" working on it, just as soon as they find the Ark of the Covenant.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 16:00 | 3287185 knukles
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Are the "Top People" gay, too, or is my mind wandering off to unassociated topics what with the Sequester fatigue now meeting up with the Fiscal Cliff fatigue, Meteor fatigue, Mayan Calendar fatigue, Global Whateverthefuck fatigue, the Water Fatigue and Carbon Capture fatigue, not to mention the Obamadontcare fatigue and Viagra and Sex Toy Adds on the telly fatigue, and not to forget That's Racist fatigue?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 17:26 | 3287641 ebworthen
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Could be the "top" people or the "bottom" people, or the two guys the housewife fantasizes about coming to her door to "clean her pipes" with "deep impact" Liquid Plumber. 

It's probably Sodom and Gomorrah fatigue.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:59 | 3286804 Cognitive Dissonance
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Behold the new normal.

<We ain't seen nuttin' yet boys and girls.>

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:31 | 3287028 ForWhomTheTollBuilds
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I sometimes wonder if action like what is described above (along with last weeks daily gold/silver comex open beatdowns) isn't being done partially to let you and I know who runs bartertown. 

Obviously running the markets is and end in itself and a money maker for those doing it, but I bet they think a lot about the psychological impact they have on the kind of people who read blogs like this one.


As one of Bush's senior advisors said:


''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:03 | 3286826 slaughterer
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Algo run through the above-market bid-book at its thinnest and least resistant moment--the Bernanke/KevinHenry strategy.  Where is GS in all this?  Oh, alongside KH, I guess.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:21 | 3286865 EclecticParrot
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Yeah, this is why, however much I might be tempted, I force myself to stay out of the market from about 12:30 to 2:10 (though 12:30 continuation moves can often be followed profitably to around 1:00), as this is the time when much chicanery, hedge unwinding, and other mischief seems to occur, and even if you get lucky, a tall, bayonet-wicked candle is only a bar away from piercing you.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:06 | 3286846 Boston
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Meanwhile, silver and gold are getting slammed.


My orders are entered: 1550 and 28, respectively.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:07 | 3286857 slaughterer
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Dude, wait for 27-26, that is where we all average down.  

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:19 | 3286943 Boston
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No worries.

I'll buy at 26-27 too, AND a lot more than I buy at 28.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:31 | 3287027 CPL
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But buying real, untampered with silver for that price will be tricky.  Physical hands are steady.  Paper is weak.  The day you want to buy again is when the x3ETF Silver Bull is about a buck away from collapsing to zero.


It'll be chow time for hogs.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:09 | 3286864 mckee
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Dow to all-time highs

So if I invested $100 in 2007 I’d have $100 now. But in 2007 I could have bought 35 gallons of gas with that $100 compared to 25 gallons now. WINNING!


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:09 | 3286868 jomama
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why the fuss?  seems like organic and normal trading behaviour to me.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:10 | 3286873 economessed
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It's not a market.  It's a crime scene.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:37 | 3287070 Michelle
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:11 | 3286883 UnRealized Reality
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WOW, I guess when you cherry pick you can spin it into anything. At the 9:30 open there was 52,228 contracts traded in 5 mins.

What should we make of that????????  I'd be happy to post my own chart to show this. I guess when the dogma is everything goes to zero except Gold would surprise you. S&P and Dow NEW ALL TIME HIGH by tomorrow. You guys better take your prozac in a hurry, LOL, LOL.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:12 | 3286896 Hongcha
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What's in the quiver after the sequester handshake and 153 SPY?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:13 | 3286898 thismarketisrigged
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its truly amazing how we go from a flat day to possibly being above triple digits today on no positive news.


even if u want to say the chicago pmi was good, the gdp was 3x as bad, so if anything we should be down.


i just laugh at this shit now and i am patiently waiting for the day blankfein, dimon, bernanke, and obama are prosecuted for this ponzi scheme.


fuck them all, these fucking bastards

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:30 | 3287020 El Hosel
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.. No news? The news is Beranke said it AGAIN buy stocks, QE is on and staying on until it blows up the Financial system, again. If you won't buy them he will.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:35 | 3287055 CPL
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You should see Canadian news, it's all RRSP deadlines, appearently between gas and food, Canadians aren't saving anymore or filing tax forms (they haven't worked or taxes are deducted at source on a lower income so refunds are thin or non existent.)


It'll pop like Greece did.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:14 | 3286905 mdtrader
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It's hard to believe the SPX fell over 40 points from 1525 just the other day.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:20 | 3286952 El Hosel
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Bernanke painting a Masterpiece... Dow theory breakout for all to see, yesterday the Trains and Planes, today the Blue Chips breakout... Extreme rhino horn turbo-pomo rally. Shorts on a Big Fat Horn.

Now put all the blame on the Republicans if  they blow it wide open with their silly budget talk.?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:15 | 3286915 sixbilliondollarman
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:16 | 3286928 scatterbrains
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I don't know I see niggas dumping Spy right now.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:17 | 3286930 slaughterer
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Evem JCP is up off its Pisani lows.  What a stupid, stupid BTFD day.  

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:41 | 3287089 Mark123
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Groupon should end the day green!!!  Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:23 | 3286959 Edward Fiatski
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FX not buying.

This can become undone very fast, very hard. Buttplug your aynus for leakage, if you're staying in over the weekend.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:23 | 3286974 Hongcha
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All-time highs to go with the crossed-arms handshakes tomorrow.

The WH has to know there is nothing left but the morphine drip.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:23 | 3286978 UnRealized Reality
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This is what happens when all you loser Goldbugs get for all the bullshit surrounding Gold. Gold is an assest and should be climbing along with the Dow and SPX, but noooo, you guys got to insist and brainwash everyone that Gold is money, well this is what happens. Open your damn eyes and stop this bullshit!!!


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:24 | 3286979 css1971
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Anyone got a recent historical chart of real volatitily? I'm thinking we're on an up swing.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:31 | 3287029 Bastiat
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Stocks good, gold bad;  stocks good, gold bad; stocks good, gold bad.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:37 | 3287073 orangegeek
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US Dollar keeps climbing (Euro, JPY, GBP, CDN are tanking).

PMs priced in USD should continue falling.

But this market priced in USD - now that's interesting.

Forex vs equities - let's see who's left standing.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:55 | 3287168 Quinvarius
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I have never seen a more clear cut bottom in metals.  You are friggin nuts to look at that market and not go bananas buying.  As for FOREX, that is not a market.  It doesn't mean anything.  Prices are where central bankers decide they should go.  The USD has been in the same trading range for 8 years.  You think that is actual market forces?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:39 | 3287085 Mark123
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this manipulation is is like 10 thousand people show up at one McDonald's restaurant at 12:34pm one day and nobody questions the co-incidence.


Thank God we have regulators.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:39 | 3287086 Clowns on Acid
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The grip of fascism is moving sloly buy surely....a few dips here and there just to keep the illusion....but make no mistake there are deep, money printing pockets behind the grind higher.

It will not stop un6til it is stopped by external forces, and those forces ain't in Europe or Japan.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:43 | 3287104 Richard Head
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The chairman has gotten to work!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:49 | 3287139 q99x2
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One of those dots was my mother's discontinued social security perscription drug medications that the Bernanke gave to the NWO banksters.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:49 | 3287141 medium giraffe
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Yeah, no sympathy move from the euro on that one.  Troubling...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 17:04 | 3287566 helping_friendl...
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snp crashing.

I haven't seen a finish like that.....ever?


The last 12 minutes it tanked hard.

That was a sanctioned freefall.

tomorrow should be interesting.

might buy some spxu ah.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:25 | 3288338 W74
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The Algos have simply figured out ways to trigger other algos into doing their bidding.  So to make an analogy, not only is there no one piloting this helicoptor it's as if someone figured out how to get the chopper to fire off it's chaff right before the guys on the groud fire the missiles off.  Multiply speed by x1000 of course.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 21:44 | 3288592 MachineMan
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I am sorry, that was my trade.  I only wanted trade 157 contracts but my Excel macro based trading platform accidently added 2 zeros.  Sorry for the inconvience...

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