Fake Tweets About Syrian President Assad's Death Cause All Too Real Spike In Crude And S&P

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Moments ago, the apparently fake twitter account of the Russian minister of the interior Vladimir Kolokoltsev (which was created days ago) sent out the three completely unconfirmed and uncorroborated tweets stating that Syria's president Assad "has been killed or injured" which the market, in all its ultra-high speed trading wisdom, took and ran with, not waiting for any actual confirmed news to be released (because obviously Russian official channels have never heard of news wires such as Interfax).

End result: WTI soaring by over $1 to just shy of $92, on what very well may be completely fake news, dragging the entire market higher with it.

And that, in a nutshell, is the "market": fake news about imminent war has become an upside catalyst.

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Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:50 | 2681632 Rahm
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Fake Tweet?  Bullish!

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:53 | 2681646 SHEEPFUKKER

Russian diplomats tweeting out breaking news? Really? What a strange world it has become. 

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:09 | 2681687 malikai
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So let the lulz begin!

I always knew the the headline scanner dumbshits would be a winning slot machine.

I didn't think it would be that easy.



Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:11 | 2681714 Temporalist
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Actual footage of twitter algos in action:


Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:23 | 2681735 Precious
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Pure PSYOPS to force Assad to expose himself and thereby become primary target for further assassination attempts by bomb.

"BLACK PSYOP.  Covert PSYOP is not a function of the U.S. military but instead is used in special operations due to their political sensitivity and need for higher level compartmentalization. Further, black PSYOP, to be credible, may need to disclose sensitive material, with the damage caused by information disclosure considered to be outweighed by the impact of successful deception. In order to achieve maximum results and to prevent compromise of overt PSYOP, overt and covert operations need to be kept separate. Personnel involved in one must not be engaged in the other. The activity engaged in appears to emanate from a source (government, party, group, organization, person) usually hostile in nature. The interest of the U.S. Government is concealed and the U.S. Government would deny responsibility. It is best used in support of strategic plans. "

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:24 | 2681759 magpie
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#Assad President Assad announces financial support for Free American Army.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:32 | 2681785 malikai
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That would be hilarious.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:39 | 2681809 francis_sawyer
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When Hilsenrath gets ahold of this tactic, the S&P will be at 1500 within a few clicks...

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 12:21 | 2681910 knukles
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@billgross  its me mohamd just Bcuz UR dick is 2x mine is not justfcn for UR 2x money  we need to talk XOXOXO mo

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 12:38 | 2681960 magpie
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#FAA Vogue reporter discloses First Lady's shopping list
#FAA Vice President defects to Mexico

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:24 | 2681753 vast-dom
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what's the tweet to correct markets back to reality ie SP 600?

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:51 | 2681841 malikai
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World Peace.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 15:54 | 2682613 tricycle
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Mon, 08/06/2012 - 17:13 | 2682885 _ConanTheLibert...
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Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:03 | 2681695 LoneStarHog
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He rocks in the tree tops all day long
Hoppin' and a-boppin' and a-singing his song
All the little birds on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:26 | 2681765 slewie the pi-rat
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tweet:> they took down bobbyDay's version?  The Jackson 5 - Rockin' Robin 1972 RARE - YouTube

this is from The Tripoli Post - Libya News and Business

Assad Forces Control Damascus as Major Aleppo Battle Yet to Start, Reports The Syrian army said it has taken over a neighbourhood of Damascus that was in rebel hands. As such, according to the general in charge of the operations in this area, and if the report is to be believed, the Syrian army now controls all of the capital after taking control Saturday on Tadamoun district.

as is this:>

New Supreme Allied Commander Transformation The North Atlantic Council of NATO has approved the nomination by the President of the French Republic of Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.
Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:16 | 2681730 Honey Badger
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Trial Balloon

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:42 | 2681815 Deo vindice
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You beat me to the comment so I gave you a green arrow.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 12:15 | 2681895 spastic_colon
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indeed....market test to see if we should go to war

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 13:48 | 2682184 Disenchanted
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I thought Honey Badger didn't give a shit...about anything.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:19 | 2681734 LongSoupLine
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yeah...wait 'till they track the fake account set up being created from the Goldman crude futures desk.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:25 | 2681760 malikai
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The trail would stop dead cold right there.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:21 | 2681745 indygo55
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Dang! I'm gonna get me one of those Twitter accounts and start pumping my own positions. If it's that easy,,, just saying.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:27 | 2681633 lizzy36
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I think the solution to all the future growth problems is $150 crude. 

$150 WTI = 1750 on S&P and 20k on Dow.

And we all know the DOW is the true measure of the economy.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:49 | 2681634 Neethgie
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the market is so broken beyond belief, nothing makes sense in it anymore

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:56 | 2681661 HD
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Either the market goes parabolic or implodes - but the eye of the storm is almost over...

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:50 | 2681638 Ying-Yang
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We know these are fake because? The CIA just orgasmed!

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:52 | 2681643 Rahm
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Because Assad's wife isn't even in Syria for starters...

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:57 | 2681674 HD
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If you have not seen this it's a fun few minutes...


Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:53 | 2681639 Jlmadyson
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See random twitter accounts can easily game the system too. Too easy for folks not to get a piece of the ponzi pie.

Well that is until it gets smashed into their face.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:51 | 2681640 FubarNation
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Unfucking believable.


Tweets moving markets that much is a signal that things are far worse than we can imagine.



Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:15 | 2681723 A Lunatic
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Only three thousand pages of cyber security legislation can save us now........

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:44 | 2681823 XitSam
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You mean executive order

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:52 | 2681641 magpie
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Running short stops before DXY makes a reappearance.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:52 | 2681642 Sudden Debt
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Here's another Tweet for ya!


Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:16 | 2681729 cherry picker
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You got a smile from me on that one  :)

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 12:47 | 2681986 Haager
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Oh, come on. That lie is so obvious it will be recognized as truth.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 13:30 | 2682131 lakecity55
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In which country?

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:54 | 2681650 ReeferMac
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That's awesome!

I'm going to start tweeting my book every day!

(If you can't beat 'em...)

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:56 | 2681665 larz
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Actually not a bad idea Reefer

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:23 | 2681751 ReeferMac
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Had a stop order on a decent-sized position hunted down last week... I'm going to buy a small lot this morning, then place a stop order well below my last price, and wait. When it triggerts, I'll re-establish my original position, at a lower-price point!

Fucking computers.. if you can't beat 'em, use them to your advantage! Front-Run the bots, bitchez!

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:55 | 2681651 SheepDog-One
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So basically 'the spike' was around .60 cents? 'WTI soaring by nearly $1' doesnt seem like much of a big deal. But not surprising that all market activity now consists of baseless rumors and 'Tweets'.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:21 | 2681744 adr
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The actual jump was over $1 from the low point this morning. $9.80 to $91.80.


There always seems to be some over bullshit for the crude spikes during the US trading day.

Remember a little over one month ago when oil hit $78.

Doesn't matter Obama is toast with gasoline at $4 right now. When people see gas advertised at $4.49, even if it is premium, consumer confidence will post the biggest collapse in history.

On another note diesel is $3.65 with regular unleaded at $3.90. No price fixing manipulation there.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 13:23 | 2682107 Rick Masters
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Regular is at 3.619. A week ago is was as 3.48. A month ago: 3.37. It's jumped 25 cents in the last month but I bet you ten gallons that one gallon will cost at most 3.50 by elction day if not less. You must live in LA, guess what, for the rest of us not living the high life if LALA land, gas is about 3.60. That's a lot below your 3.90 price. And I have no idea where you're getting 4.50 from. Though I do agree, 4.50 gas will kill Obama's reeelection bid. But, I don't see it happening. Maybe I'm wrong and if so, please let me know since unlike most people on this board I don;t care so much about politics and social issues, I care about making money. I'm only 30, so my life is just starting.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:54 | 2681653 larz
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We are getting our information from the damn internet where any idiot such as my self can yell fire and people are actually reacting!  Garbage index aside we are in much deeper shiite than we think! God help us all!  does anyone do ANY due diligence anymore WTFU people

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:56 | 2681667 Jlmadyson
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Due diligence is not part of the game. Racketeering, falsifying, bloating, and hopeium however are the key rules.

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:54 | 2681654 The Axe
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And this suprising

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:55 | 2681656 Cyan Lite
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Guess we know who was long oil...

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:55 | 2681657 pbracken
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ZH - just dump the conspiratorial twaddle. We'd all be the better for it. 

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:11 | 2681701 Dr. Engali
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The role of resident trolls are already taken by Robo and MDB, who by the way are pretty good trolls. You're probably better off on the yahoo boards.

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