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TD Ameritrade Resumes Trading With Knight Hours Before Credit Line Expires; $440 MM Cash Outflow Looms

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Knight's credit line expires in 90 minutes. All day it has been a dark box, with virtually no trades coming in or leaving. The company is scrambling, so what happens: some much needed good news finally hits the tape following a TD Ameritrade announcement it has resumed trading with KCG. Will others piggyback as the credit lifeline that is keeping Knight alive expires at the end of the day, and the liquidity runs out, or will firms who explicitly are Knight's competitors in a market which has ever less volume leave it out to hang in hopes of picking up its business on the cheap. A 90 minute difference between life and death for a firm in desperate need of many more such press releases.

From TD Ameritrade:

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE: AMTD) today announced that it will resume routing client trades to Knight Capital Group (“Knight”) (NYSE:KCG).


“After considerable review and discussion, we are resuming our order routing relationship with Knight,” said Fred Tomczyk, president and chief executive officer at TD Ameritrade. “Our priority has always been the interests of our clients, their trades and their assets. Knight is one of many order routing destinations for us and has long been a good and trusted partner.”

In the meantime, Knight has until Wednesday to put in place a permanent credit facility or it will literally have zero cash to pay Goldman who according to CNBC's Kate Kelly is the firm that unwound Knight's losing trades:

Under trade-settlement regulations, the Knight-Goldman block transaction must settle three business days after the initial agreement, which means the seller must come up with the $440 million in cash by late Wednesday. As of June 30, Knight had about $365 million in cash, according to a securities filing - raising important questions about whether the brokerage firm could generate the additional money by early next week.

Elsewhere the running joke that is the SEC has finally, three days after the fiasco took place, decided to finally say something. So confidence inspiring people can hardly contain themselves from being subpennied to death by Knight's own HFT algos.

"The apparent trading error by Knight Capital Group on Wednesday reflects the type of event that can raise concerns for investors about our nation's equity markets...While Wednesday's event was unacceptable, I would note that several of the measures we instituted followed the Flash Crash helped to limit its impact...We will continue to review what happened and determine if any, additional measures are needed. That process has already begun. In particular, I have asked the staff to accelerate ongoing efforts to propose a rule to require exchanges and other market centers to have specific programs in place to ensure the capacity and integrity of their systems. And I have directed the staff to convene a roundtable in the common weeks to discuss further steps that can be taken to address these critical issues."

Finally a word of caution from Gasparino:

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Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:35 | 2676440 put_peter
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Knight going up... market starting to go down... make the connection...

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:50 | 2676479 withnmeans
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News in the real world "SPAIN"

900 Billion in debt, says Mariano Rajoy. ITS OUT!!!



Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:55 | 2676496 put_peter
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Are they enslaving themselves for 900BN? Looks pretty cheap to me :)

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:17 | 2676561 fonestar
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So I wonder what that programmer is going to do now that he has blow 400+ million?  Wouldn't be getting on any company helicopters if I were him..

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 19:12 | 2677155 Dingleberry
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Maybe this trader and the "London Whale" can start a hedge fund?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 22:32 | 2677452 Muppet of the U...
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When BATS fucked up.. 9 seconds.  When Knight fucked up, 50 minutes.  Now which one sounds like an accident and which one sounds like a total load of shit?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:31 | 2676593 withnmeans
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put_peter: Looks cheap for the U.S.A. - your right...

There is a problem that the Spaniards have that we don't "Althought still a major problem none the less in the U.S.A."  They cannot hit the Ctrl-P button, so when you are out of funds, You Are Out Of Funds.

I could only dream of a day when the U.S. was at 900Bn in Debt, still was a nightmare "not a dream".

Spain better hope the German's are willing to write a Big Check...

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 16:56 | 2676829 HungrySeagull
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Finally the Market system has turned on it's masters.


He he he.


Hate to say it, they need to stop HFT trading and return to telephone and whiteboard/markers.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 21:17 | 2677343 boogerbently
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Knight HAS no money.

They lost INVESTORS money.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 22:06 | 2677416 FMR Bankster
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They made good their screw ups to investors that's why they lost $440 million. Considering they had a book of $1.4 billion at June 30th they may be able to survive. Maybe. But like all leveraged financials it all depends on the quality and liquidity of their assets and how quick they can be turned into cash. Then of course there's that pesky matter of this massive screw up and who would want to do business with them given their system problems. We'll know a lot more by monday.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 18:14 | 2677005 El Oregonian
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Not to worry, "Benny-Bucks" will patch things up and will make everything all better...

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 20:36 | 2677277 Buck Johnson
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They need that much to keep the game going, and the ECB doesn't have the money.  I knew eventually they would come out and say that Spain needed about a Trillion to be stable.  Everything that we have been talking about for months is true, they have been playing the game of obfuscation and know they can't anymore.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:33 | 2676598 SokPOTUS
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...I.T. finally loaded the software correctly?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:41 | 2676613 put_peter
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Well somebody found THE lever and GS immediately bought it.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:56 | 2676675 hoos bin pharteen
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Am I missing something?  Basically, Knight tried to front run their customers and ended up on the wrong end of the trade.  And the so-called "stewards" of those account holders' money (TD Ameritrade) just happily went back to them? 


Full retard.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 16:30 | 2676779 Bonesetter Brown
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Yes, you are missing something.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 18:10 | 2676992 El Oregonian
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Didn't you know that today is OPPOSITE DAY!!!

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 20:32 | 2677271 Buck Johnson
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I have links to Charlie Gasparino and he's saying that this "bank" that Knight said they have a line of credit with he can't find at all.  And in his opinion you should really be aware that it is full of it.  Also they have better have the money by monday or they are done.



Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:37 | 2676447 sunny
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We are suppose to be in the worst half of the year, a quarter where earnings reports are bad and look-forward estimates are worse, unemployment is going up, where by most common measures we are in a recession with decreasing GDP and the Fed and ECB have both announced they will not ease. 

A trend is defined as a higher high and a higher low over time.  SP500, daily over 2 months:


The Dow and NASDAQ are identical.  Other than the system is corrupt and we've utterly lost any semblance of a free market, what don't I understand?



Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:40 | 2676455 SheepDog-One
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It sure as shit isnt your grand dads market....100% broken fraud. How the hell anything goes on forward from here I have absolutely no idea.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:00 | 2676512 cougar_w
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It's okay. A putrid ball of fecal matter can roll just fine if you encase it in enough plastic resin. Even covers the smell.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:38 | 2676605 debtor of last ...
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The black swan flew over your cuckoo's nest a few years ago. You didn't notice it's shadow, because you were reading ZH. 

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 21:20 | 2677344 boogerbently
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LUCK be a "lady" to knight.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:17 | 2676559 scatterbrains
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so now that they've successfully extinguished all the stops, now what ?  lol takes your times before hitting the bail button.. there's still a few minutes of volume-less levitation here.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:38 | 2676453 ziggy59
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Goldman Charges Knight $440 Million for Unwind

It was Goldman Sachs (GS) that helped Knight Trading Group to unwind its inadvertent purchase of 148 stocks on Wednesday, say people familiar with the matter, and the bank charged the smaller brokerage $440 million for the transaction - an agreement that has left Knight (KCG) scrambling for extra cash.


Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:02 | 2676508 bdc63
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I knew the squid had to have it's tentacle-prints all over this one ...

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:55 | 2676665 Yen Cross
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 They are called " Suction Cups" , silly!

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 20:30 | 2677269 Freddie
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Goldman probably planted a stuxent worm on Knight's computers.  Pay up.

Sat, 08/04/2012 - 02:06 | 2677574 Fail2Deliver
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God's work...Bitchez!

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:03 | 2676519 Doomer
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Oh, and the prices are all probably up since the Squid helped them out.  What a shock!

They would have been better of just holding and praying, if they had (or thought they could get) the cash to settle the transcations.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:41 | 2676458 fonzannoon
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I am excited to see this thing at 3:59pm. Like slaughterer said who wants to own this thing at the close.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:42 | 2676461 MillionDollarBoner_
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Well lookee lookee!

Goldman again.

How 'bout dat?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:43 | 2676463 rubearish10
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Another bullet dodged! Same 'ole same 'ole. Let's move on to the next catastrophe and BTFD!

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:02 | 2676515 Cognitive Dissonance
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60 minutes left in the trading day/week. I vote the street will smell the blood in the water and have a feast.

Or.....they can let the carcass rot over the weekend and finish the meal on Monday.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:10 | 2676538 LeisureSmith
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They should bring in Boris "The Blade" Yurinov to do some consulting before they move forward.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:45 | 2676465 Dr. Engali
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"Our priority has always been the interests of our clients, their trades and their assets"


WTF? If that's the case why would you even consider the risk?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:46 | 2676467 Everybodys All ...
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Only in this illusion of a market that Bernanke has created could a major market maker be going under over the last two days and the market is up over 225 dow points.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:47 | 2676471 Jlmadyson
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Goldman Sachs eh.

The beatings will continue.

Hope and a prayer.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:53 | 2676486 kito
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wait tyler, whose credit line expires? im so confused...are we talking about greece? spain? all of the banks that just received the repo gift?........my head is spinning.....................

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:53 | 2676489 fonzannoon
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doesen't scottrade run some of their business through penson partners which is owned by knight? Does this relationship have anything to do with this decision by scottrade?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:24 | 2676581 kito
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the butler did it....its always the butler..........

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:55 | 2676495 LFMayor
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Wasn't their spokesman the same guy who was selling Old Glory Robot Insurance?


Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:58 | 2676503 cougar_w
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You should have seen their stawk price go up on the news. I was tempted to flip some, but with Ebola on the move today I didn't want to come that close to touching a dead thing.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:05 | 2676527 Cognitive Dissonance
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You're getting old cougar_w.

The young cat in you would have finished off the carcass before breakfast, then come back to chew on the bones for brunch. :>)

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 16:12 | 2676737 cougar_w
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Ebola. They say your entire colon falls out just before you die. My wife would never let it rest if my colon ever fell out. It would be nothing but bran muffiins for eternity after that.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:04 | 2676520 q99x2
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Class action pension fund lawsuits against any individual or corporation that gambles or seeks to conspire to defraud pensioners in the stock markets and/or bond markets.

Stop them. Somebody call the police.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:05 | 2676522 Atlantis Consigliore
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More Gold, more physical;  more bond puts.....FED is Weimar II

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:05 | 2676523 CheapBastard
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Why would Ameritrade use them? Sam Waterson won't like this.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 17:15 | 2676876 sessinpo
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Scottrade also using them. I think they are trying to get an inside track if it collapses. Also, TD Ameritrade is facing an antitrust inquiry, thus they might be trying to play good boy.



Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:05 | 2676525 whoopsing
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I need some Ebola virus infested robot insurance

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