Did QEternity Finally Kill Stocks? S&P Futures in 1 Point Range Last 2 Hours

Tyler Durden's picture

Volumes are dreadful this morning in cash and futures. S&P 500 e-mini futures (ES) have seen a ridiculously low 5pt range since the open last night but in the last 2 hours, the ES has traded in a 1 point range between 1456 and 1457! Meanwhile Dow Transports are deteriorating again...


Clearly dominated by the algos as ES clings to VWAP...


but Trannies are losing steam again...


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Dalago's picture

Someone is asking for directions.  Which way to Gold?

vast-dom's picture

when algo parameters are set to SHORTING vs current word cloud float up, we shall see SP return to 600 quickly. 

Mark Carney's picture



-P Krugman

Manthong's picture

Ha Ha.

I can just see all those quants scratching their heads trying to figure out transforms for infinity.

TheSilverJournal's picture

It's the rise of the European Monster that's killing stocks. QE is a dollar killer, and of course since stocks are measured in dollars, QE will send stocks up and up and up (although down in real terms).

When Spain begs for a bailout and accepts conditions (handing over its sovereignty), there will be nothing left to hold the dollar from crashing through the floor.

malikai's picture

O/T but um.. Brent just flash crashed almost $6. WTF happend?

JPM Hater001's picture

Was it a chart anomoly or does any one know why today started with 10,000,000 trade volume at the outset on the DOW?

Hmmmm.  Suspicious...almost imperceptable.  Look at the daily chart right off the bat.  You would almost miss it.

GoinFawr's picture

World Peace broke out!

AmCockerSpaniel's picture

You just may have the right tree to be barking at.

JPM Hater001's picture

Yea for world peace!

And now we return you to your regularly scheduled war.

malikai's picture

Correction, flash was about $3.50ish.

Still, any word? Margin hike time?

insanelysane's picture

Someone must have gotten hold of the memo announcing the SPR release for October.

TheSilverJournal's picture

+ 1

My guess is on the insiders just found out the SPR release is a done deal.

insanelysane's picture

Kudos, WH making a statement that they didn't tell the insiders anything.  Nancy P and John B are high fiving and heading to Filomena's to celebrate.

TheSilverJournal's picture

You know it's true when it's officially denied.

NotApplicable's picture

One point range?

Market stability achieved!

Heckuva jorb, Timmah and Benron!

JPM Hater001's picture

Ben will never ask for directions until he thinks he is completely lost.

By then we will be somewhere in Juarez Mexico and I sense there may be people who want to take our tires...

And lives

Stock Tips Investment's picture

These are typical market movements. Add a little, pause, step back a bit and comes back up. Still do not see a change in the character of the market to start a major correction. GLD faced a first level resistenia at $ 175 and a much more important in the $ 185.

holdbuysell's picture

QEternity: Nice. Quick, Tyler, trademark it.

mrktwtch2's picture

plus no jews today..rosh hasnana or whatever you call it ..its a holiday for them and when they arent around volume dries up (gee i wonder why)..lol

uno's picture

opex week takes over, next week starts the window dressing end of the month

gatorengineer's picture

end of the quarter.... Fixed it for ya

Robslob's picture


This is what happens when ALGOS get confused...Bad news is no longer good news and the MARKET has no way to assign VALUE or RISK to any announcements anymore!!

LawsofPhysics's picture

Price discovery?  What a novel concept.  Sorry, but once fraud and moral hazard take over the value of paper promises will revert to their true value, fucking zero.  The last time the world had real price discovery there was something called a gold/silver window.

JPM Hater001's picture

"This is what happens when ALGOS get confused"

This: http://youtu.be/wdXU4R8JBe4

The trend is your friend's picture

"Get the brokers back in here, turn the machines back on...turn the machines back on"

Trading Places

Jason T's picture

Aggregate demand is gonna collapse ..its already been collapsing. 

MachoMan's picture

No one has any savings...  no one wants to get what little money is available to be thrown into the market completely scalped coming and going, as well as to face the inherent risks of a market with prices obfuscated from but a select few...  no one wants to give any juice to the people performing the transactions knowing the way they behave...  further, the cost of living continues to increase which puts additional pressure given the lack of savings and those with any assets (probably on fixed income) necessarily must withdraw unless performance can outpace general price increases (not likely)...  in addition, we have a whimsical regulatory market that may change its mind tomorrow regarding the tax rate and other matters concerning your assets...

Nobody For President's picture

Don't tell my Mom I'm a day-trader, 

She thinks I play piano in a whorehouse.

CClarity's picture

Since Bernanke and Draghi pronouncements and policies have disconnected markets from economic reality, I suppose it doesn't matter a whit that the S&P range is so narrow on low volume.  Real traders will turn to gambling on sports teams and political races and weather predictions, where at least stats and such can be studied with more reliable correlations than the fraudulent equity markets.

This is just more disruption, intended or not by the Fed and financial cabal, and this time it is brokerages and "public" market mechanisms that are being disrupted into bye-bye land.

not fat not stupid's picture

Pausing to let millions of sidelined retail investors back into the "action".

Snakeeyes's picture

Remember HAMP when loan servicers were overwhelmed by foreclosures/refis? The Fed just repeated the Administration's clubbing of the servicers. 

Distort! Distort! Distort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fed is engaging in shadow fiscal policy by supporting Obama's loan mod programs.


lsbumblebee's picture

I believe volume is scheduled for tomorrow followed by a move higher on Thursday.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

It would be the ultimate black swan for qe3 to have the exact opposite effect and crash the market.

cdude's picture

That could never happen! Everone is sure Capt. Ben is ready to launch the lifeboats with plenty of time to spare. 

How can markets drop when NOBODY is afraid to hold? Right,right, right- anyone, anyone?   



<sarc> (is this necessary?)

JPM Hater001's picture

They probably forgot to tell you the lifeboats weren't ashteically pleasing so they cut the number in half...and your in 3rd class.

q99x2's picture

Dead cat dead. Road kill in the sun with legs up.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Come one Bernanke, print those dollars!  We all need to "feel better" about our 401(k)s.

Jim in MN's picture



"It's dead Jim."

phoolish's picture

Obviously it wasn't big enough.

Vincent Vega's picture

Unleashed Stagflation on All.

insanelysane's picture

The Fed is allowing a down day as the statisticians are getting twitchy when tracking the probability of having an up day, every day, to infinity.  The Fed will step in an buy if the HFT start to sell off and of course the circuit breakers will kick in as well.  Market will continue higher till at least the elections.

Lost Wages's picture

Everything's back to normal. Stocks down. Yields down. Must be time for that crash everyone's been talkin' 'bout.

morning_glory's picture

This corpse needs juicing. Who will be first to start the QE4 rumours?