The Broken Market Chronicles: 200% Of Man United's Float Will Trade In A 10 Cent Interval Today

Tyler Durden's picture

With 26 million shares traded and two more exhausting market-making hours to go for MANU's underwriters, it is clear that more than double the 16.67 million share float will be 'rotated' at least twice and yet stay in a 10 cent interval (with well over 95% of that within a minute 5c interval). What is perhaps more stunning is the massive bid at exactly $14 - the IPO price - as if they will never learn. Of course there are buyers for every seller and many algos played all day but with a massively dominant bid soaking up any and all offers near $14.00, we suspect the underwriters of the MANU IPO are 'pulling-a-facebook' and onboarding whatever they have to. There has now been 9.5 million shares bid at $14.00 (and none asked) - more than half the float alone! It seems increasingly self-evident that IPOs are simply weath transfer mechanisms - no win-win - and that the value-add from 'stock exchanges' is rapidly converging to zero.

The magic $14.00 defensive line...

 

and the massive syndicate bid that has soaked up every offer...