NYSE Updates Q2 Circuit Breakers: All Day Halt If Dow Tumbles 4,350

Tyler Durden's picture

According to the updated NYSE Q2 circuit breaker levels, it will take a 4,350 point drop in the NYSE for an all day trading halt. Of course, if the DJIA tumbles by 30% intraday, whether to close the several hundred shares trading on the NYSE will be the last thing on people's minds.

From NYSE:

The New York Stock Exchange will implement new circuit-breaker collar trigger levels for second-quarter 2013 effective Monday, April 1, 2013.
Circuit-breaker points represent the thresholds at which trading is halted marketwide for single-day declines in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Circuit-breaker levels are set quarterly as 10, 20 and 30 percent of the DJIA average closing values of the previous month, rounded to the nearest 50 points.
In second-quarter 2013, the 10-, 20- and 30-percent decline levels, respectively, in the DJIA will be as follows:
Level 1 Halt

A 1,450-point drop in the DJIA before 2 p.m. will halt trading for one hour; for 30 minutes if between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; and have no effect if at 2:30 p.m. or later unless there is a level 2 halt.
Level 2 Halt

A 2,900-point drop in the DJIA before 1:00 p.m. will halt trading for two hours; for one hour if between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; and for the remainder of the day if at 2:00 p.m. or later.
Level 3 Halt

A 4,350-point drop will halt trading for the remainder of the day regardless of when the decline occurs.

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francis_sawyer's picture

I'll take that as a prediction...

GetZeeGold's picture



I wouldn't have even brought it up.....but good to know.

Popo's picture

So much for free markets.  (As if they weren't already long dead).

Disenchanted's picture

Exactly...Does a real 'free market' have "halts?"


oleander garch's picture

What is this 'market' of which you speak?

Efficient Market theory: Disproofs:

1) Market Circuit Breakers

1835jackson's picture

Drop? What's a drop?

SheepDog-One's picture

It's one of those things that happens from time to time right when everyone is convinced it can't happen again.

1835jackson's picture

Yeah I was joking. The whole thing is a racket. The markets are a game by rich people for rich people. When it is all said and done this world is fucked. War drums beating louder etc. Just a massive cluster fuck coming our way soon. Can't wait for Jesus to come back.

SheepDog-One's picture

Oh I know, I'm just being sarcastic too.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Stupid, but honest question.  Why is it that drops get trade halts at certain percentages, but not a rise?  I know, I know, they don't want to see drop, but what is the regulation rational behind only halting trading after drops?  If the answer is to smooth out the market, the same should hold true for 10%, 20%, or 30% increases too?  No?

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Its how casinos operate, if your winning to much they ask you to leave, if your loosing though, they never ask you to leave.

SheepDog-One's picture

When the Wall St's pirate ships sails are full of wind, it's all about singing sea chanties and passing around the rum! Smooth sailin!

Stoploss's picture

Hey, when all you have is HFT you needs them circuit breakers!!

Beef 'em up!!


Im sure there's a 200K power cable that needs replacing from Sandy, or some shit like that,

if the tools used to replace it haven't been banned already..

CheapBastard's picture

We're banned from saying those four letter words (like "d-r-o-p") on TV anymore. Orders from above.

Ljoot's picture

Well a good example would be the silver chart.


forwardho's picture

Lj,  Dude thats just plain cold.

fonzannoon's picture

It's legit. The first halt gives the dark pools a chance to get all their orders through before they re open and head to zero.

booboo's picture

Just some pre game last minute instructions like "no biting, kicking, scratching, ball sack punches" prior to a fight, or in case of fire fire exits will be blocked by bodies piled up in front of the In swinging doors, White Snake tickets go on sale soon.

Sweet Chicken's picture

HAHA it was Great White but point made! :)

Ivanovich's picture

The day the DOW falls over 4000 points is the day when you see bankers bing dragged through the streets. 


I hope I have a front row seat to the festivities.

Edward Fiatski's picture

There are going to be tanks in the streets!

Along with a massive cock up the ass, the general populace will swallow another TARP^Squared.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

with 85 bil a month at least, we don't need to worry.

razorthin's picture

NYSE - the new preppers.

SheepDog-One's picture

How much of a drop needed to halt bank accounts? 


razorthin's picture

If by halt you mean confiscate, none.

TeamDepends's picture

How will this affect the Plunge Protection Team?  Are they out of a job?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Technology is a bitch.  A janitor with his hand on a big red lever and an eye on the ticker board just made them obsolete.

Then again, you have to be useful in the first place in order to be obsolete, by definition.  So all is not lost. 

Edward Fiatski's picture

Deja Vu.


Have a nice day.


SheepDog-One's picture

A 4,350 point drop would mean there's also mushroom clouds over major U.S. cities so the last thing anyone would be worrying about is whether they can trade a stawk.

SheepDog-One's picture

All they were worried about on the Sunday morning 'highly intellectual D.C. reporter' shows was gay marriage.

new game's picture

hershey ally, yummy and licks for free...

GTO's picture

April Fool's ?????

new game's picture

long shrooooooooooooooooooooooms!

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

psycotropic ones or radioactive ones?


buzzsaw99's picture

The only way that will ever happen is if the bankers want to extort congress again. Otherwise there is no market to even make that happen.

IamtheREALmario's picture

Let's see what happens when China stops accepting the dollar.

HulkHogan's picture

"effective Monday, April 1, 2013."

April Fools!

The market is not allowed to drop.

OldmanRick1's picture

That is correct. The anointed one decreed it so.

q99x2's picture

Is there an upside breaker? Algos ain't got brains and it is possible to advance 1000s of points per second.

new game's picture

with cash equel to debt in 401's and 3's i would be just tad concerned...

forwardho's picture

 Wow, the index can now drop about 1/3rd of it's value before halt.

Just think of what one could realize with a few timely puts.

Assuming of course you had advanced warning.


orangegeek's picture

Oh gee, the Dow has climbed over 11% in three months.  Who would think that a crash is pending?




The first threshold drop still keeps us positive for the year.  What a joke.

Ribeye's picture

My advice is to get your money out of the market and put it in a bank, where it's safe,

Wait, WHAT?

j8h9's picture

Get yer money of the market by early MAY and yes put it in a safe, a gardall or amsec in your closet.

20-20 Hindsight's picture

"I'll take that as a prediction..."


or a warning?

pies_lancuchowy's picture

ZeroHedge sheeple still unanimously expect a DROP ? LMAO !

Sheeple got wiped out being short stocks and long gold? LMAO!

Listen what, sheeple. Those circuit breakers are supposed to mitigate the EUPHORIA which is imminent because of the infinite wisdom of our regulators and Government beaurocrats.












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