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Volumeless Levitation Sends Market To Closing High As VWAP Unchanged On The Day

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With volume in S&P futures more than 20% below average, the afternoon's rumor-mill managed to juice stocks to overnight highs, well ahead of credit once again and more than two standard deviations above the day's VWAP. Interestingly, today's VWAP and Friday's VWAP were within 1 S&P point, rather coincidental given the 2% swings from high to low to high during the day.

Notably we shifted from almost 2 standard deviations below VWAP at today's lows to over 2 standard deviations at the close - though notably little real auctioning shifts happened - as the solid dark blue line shows - with peak volume trading flat from mid-morning. The dark red line is the volume-weighted average price (VWAP) for today's action (and the dashed dark red horizontal line is the VWAP for Friday). The fact that heaviest transaction volume occurred at VWAP today and that is very close to Friday's VWAP suggests that so-called Mutual Fund Monday (inflows) were not really active.

ES managed once again to handily outperform as buyers appeared into the rumpr this afternoon - with HY credit remaining notably cheap to stocks, we should be seeing it outperform if risk appetite was really back. We also note the exact same behavior on Friday that reverted dramatically overnight.

Gold and Silver followed each other tick for tick and the former almost touched $1800 into the close as the USD leaked lower on the day.

For some balance, it is worth noting that broad risk markets were not as weak as ES during the day which likely meant that correlations were implicitly dragging stocks to the upside for much of the day (imply bias to buying from the algos). The CONTEXT model shows that ES tended not to drag broad risk lower and by the close we had reverted 'up' in ES to a more broad-risk-based perspective of what was fair (based on correlations).

All-in-all, an odd somewhat news-less volume-less day that seemed dominated by algos (for a change) as opposed to real risk appetite - even though HY actually some issuance (where concessions were very high). Intriguingly, we note that the rumors of something out of Europe started to appear as ES shifted to its most weak relative to broad risk assets (oh yes we are sure the whole European crisis will be over in 1-2 years!) and then was juiced by more 'news' at around 3pmET (wow, an EFSF structured credit vehicle with external buyers...brilliant!) - were 'they' starting to worry that they were losing control?

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Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:12 | 1854695 GeneMarchbanks
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The latest in a series of Short bans...

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:34 | 1854763 rosex229
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I really can't figure this out at this point. If you talk to any individual (in private that is, not on CNBC) whether they're a banker, politician, investor, hedge fund manager, etc. They will readily acknowledge the intense strengthening of severe downside risks over the last week. I mean look at Italy's yields! Are market participants waiting for the outcome of the vote tomorrow before fleeing? I have a sneaking suspician that even though most market participants see the writing on the wall their desire to make up some lost ground from recent losses is keeping them in the market until the very last possible moment.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:50 | 1854799 redpill
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Just look at them yawning bands.  Bollinger?  I don't even know her!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 21:23 | 1855254 DeadFred
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A double top at the 61.8 retrace of the recent drop. Sounds bullish to me. The whole universe according to the bots consists of charts and news feeds. They can't tell what's real and they don't care. Real people on the other hand should care but it's been so long since facts mattered that their memories are growing dim.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:12 | 1854697 Richard Chesler
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A healthy and CONfident market.


Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:12 | 1854698 Irish66
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Everything I open to use is smaller than it used to be, very annoyed

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:23 | 1854904 J 457
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Not only is it smaller than it used to be, it seems more wrinkled too.  Yes, very annoyed, but it comes with age.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:12 | 1854699 Western
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Smelly turd of a market.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:23 | 1854742 HedgeAccordingly
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Pictures of hot chicks should cheer us all up. -

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:55 | 1854998 Hedge Fund of One
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Certingly! Thanks for that. :-)

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:13 | 1854700 pods
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The only way to win is not to play.


Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:25 | 1854746 GeneMarchbanks
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Or stop shorting because this is clearly some sort of a shorting ban.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:49 | 1854795 EL INDIO
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Very wise man, very wise.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:13 | 1854702 mynhair
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Was this not Mutual Fund Monday?

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:30 | 1854922 SheepDog-One
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The article says 'Apparently not'.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:13 | 1854704 ZeroPower
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Watch us gap up big tomorrow. Problem's haven't changed, except rumor mill is working 10x as hard as the prior weeks it seems.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:16 | 1854719 topcallingtroll
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It figures.

Just when I went all cash again.
I think Santa just arrived early.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:36 | 1854775 GeneMarchbanks
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Mike "I went to jail" Milken: Get rid of fatty

and the markets will soar!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:14 | 1854705 javajaw
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Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:15 | 1854709 monopoly
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Just your standard Broken Markets. Nothing has changed.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:15 | 1854712 Traianus Augustus
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Today's markets commit another crime...when does the punishment get here?!?!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:17 | 1854714 max2205
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Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:25 | 1854747 topcallingtroll
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Yeah...I have had some good runs recently, but now may be time for doing the opposite of what I think.

If I am now a contrary indicator again it means;
Gold up
Risk on/reflation trade on
Dollar down.

Because I am all usa cash again.
My trades have been consistently wrong fall and winter....scary.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:16 | 1854718 Caviar Emptor
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The "It's all Good" market ...

Just remember this: if bio warfare killed every human being, the market would edge up the next day because the bots would still be running...until the power plants finally shut down. Kinda beautiful, actually. 

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 01:23 | 1855629 you enjoy myself
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i'm starting to have that same mindset too.  in a detached, academic, bemused wonderment i'm now just really curious how long this nonsense can persist.  hmmm, you think a whole 'nother year?  yeah, that'd be really neat - reminds of when we saw that guy careening towards the cliff after hitting black ice.  he really went on forever.  crazy, right?  i know!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:17 | 1854720 Oswald Spengler
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The music doesn't stop until the ship goes under.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:18 | 1854725 Dick Darlington
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The unelected have spoken! Ugh!

11-07 16:03: EU's Junker says there could be a teleconference to approve... Coulda shoulda woulda...

11-07 16:03: EU's Rehn says new Greek government, once set up, must express... Oh, if it's in written then we all believe they will do all the things they didn't do since the first bailout 1,5 yrs ago...

11-07 16:03: EU's Juncker says EFSF will now consult markets to come up with... Mr "when things get tough I have to lie" apparently didn't see todays "consultation" with markets when the epic failure of EFSF printed undersubscribed (plus downsized with shorter maturity and once delayed) PLAIN VANILLA bond...


Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:27 | 1854753 GeneMarchbanks
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Juncker, Rehn, Barroso, Von Rompuy, Merkozy, the Paps... neverending (shitty) story...

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:21 | 1854731 midgetrannyporn
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The consistent vwap thingie is definitely bullish.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:21 | 1854733 bmusic
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It's amazing how well they are able to play the headline scanning algos.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:21 | 1854734 bmusic
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It's amazing how well they are able to play the headline scanning algos.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:24 | 1854739 silverserfer
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its like the algos are taking out the shorts in equities like JPM has been taking out the silver longs. its harvest time. Somebody up top ordered bear stew. So it will be bear stew for supper this winter.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:23 | 1854741 mynhair
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"When AVL pops, I listen."

A C change is in the works.  Must be that Chinee tril going at it.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:26 | 1854750 Mark123
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Did someone just depreciate fiat currencies?


Funny thing...over the last month S&P is up about 14% and Gold is up about 12%.  A beautiful symmetry?

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:15 | 1854880 SheepDog-One
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Yes, and equities are not keeping up with fiat depreciation, AT ALL. 

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:26 | 1854751 Alex Kintner
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This market is on Propofol.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:49 | 1854977 Saro
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Or viagra.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:26 | 1854752 lolmao500
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You know what's funny? Italy's budget vote that could lead to the fall of Berlusconi is tomorrow morning at 9.30AM EST... right on schedule for the stock market open.

It could be hilarious if Berlusconi falls.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:41 | 1854783 youngman
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What politician would want the job of crashing the country....and his name attached....

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:28 | 1854756 LongSoupLine
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Central Banking...period.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:28 | 1854757 NEOSERF
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Take this to an illogical extreme and there is no reason this market can't go to 15K by next Spring even with recessions, higher unemployment and a banking collapse...everything bad is simply an opportunity to clear volume out in the first few hours...

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:29 | 1854759 PontifexMaximus
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The market must climb the wall of worries, too many short positions around, can't fall of the cliff, needs to suck in the shorties. Berlusca will win confidence, but it won't change the big picture, time is running out. But big numbers first...

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:37 | 1854778 sabra1
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everyone keeps saying to many shorts around! bullshit! everyone i know is in cash, sleeping well at night, in their canadian homes, which are not in a bubble! HFT's are programmed to run through everyone's stops, short or long!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:14 | 1854811 SheepDog-One
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Right, I know of no 'shorts' myself. This is just manipulation, a ton of longs stops are getting kornholed daily on 2% swings, theyre not doing jack shit either.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 21:14 | 1855242 Mesquite
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The goal of the algos is to scoop up money...

That's the way I see it...

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:29 | 1854919 SheepDog-One
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Pontifex what 'big numbers' the inflation adjusted US market levels which are at about 1995 values now? If even that good? Not impressed.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:32 | 1854765 Dr. Gonzo
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I just looked at the 1 year chart for the DJIA. It looks like a sick pig. AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO READ CHARTS!!! We've moved 20% higher in 1 month after a 1 month 20% increase. Anybody who is prudent would RUN AWAY from this thing. I am of course shorting the shit out of it.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:49 | 1854796 sabra1
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if you could get hold of the 20 year chart, you'd see that it never failed to call a recession!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:35 | 1854774 Caviar Emptor
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What's the worst that can happen if things keep going this way? 

99% starve to death?

That would leave the 1% to party hardy! 

Then the market would go to the sky cause no more weak hands or profit takers. Booyaaa!!!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:55 | 1854817 SheepDog-One
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LOL the 1 thing they forgot is the 1% dont produce anything....they dont even know how to make bathtub gin so when the 99% are gone, the 1% will have NOTHING.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:38 | 1854779 Mark123
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I watched in stunned disbelief the internet stock bubble of the late 90' could it keep going up!? In the end it just collapsed of its own weight....can't even recall if there was any specific trigger. 


Since the Fed stopped printing in June there is nothing but hope holding up this market - in particular the belief that the Fed will print again.  Remember that the Fed could give a rats ass about the economy and they will let the market crash if it suits their purpose (i.e. protects the system that feeds them).

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:01 | 1854843 SheepDog-One
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LOL you believe the FED stopped printing? The FED has been all-in printing under the table the whole ELSE do you believe they ramped equities up 30% thru a collapse of Europe??

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:03 | 1854847 YesWeKahn
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Sheep, you started to make sense, but you lost it with this post. If the idiot FEd continues to print, how the market can drop? We are soon to replace the old US$ to a new US$ by the ratio of 100 to 1.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:08 | 1854865 SheepDog-One
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'If they continue to print, how can the market ever drop'?

Ask some residents of Weimar!

Hey if it was SO EASY and failproof, then why hasnt world monetary policy ALWAYS been 'Hey we'll just get a shadow bank and print mountains uon mountains of money'! Huh....

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:26 | 1854869 SheepDog-One
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LOL the end is near! How can you tell? Americans have now been brainwashed all over the place to actually BELIEVE that some bank printing piles of money daily is a GOOD IDEA!!


In fact, if central banks monetizing with fiat paper is such a great idea, then why are all the most stern warnings all thru history saying things like 'A central bank printing fiat currency is far more dangerous than a standing occupying army in your country'...or something to that effect.

Why is it SO warned about, if its such a great idea? Well theres another famous quote 'Never fear underestimating the stupidity of people, you cant lose that bet'

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:43 | 1854786 pointandfigure
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Is there anyway to get a true volume count that includes HFT's, ETF's swaps ect?


Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:46 | 1854790 Subprime JD
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There is no point resisting this bull market. Robofader and hammy had it right. I'm so glad I bottom ticked the spx at 1077 a few weeks ago by going all in SSO. I feel so wealthy, Vegas is calling my name with thoughts of filet mignon, blow and russian hookers.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:51 | 1854802 devo
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Funny how analysts never claim good news is priced in. 10,500 to 12,000 was just that. It's overbought now. I won't short it though (well, maybe via options) since it's behaving irrationally. Stay away is the best advice.

I also agree with the gentleman above who said, "I have a sneaking suspician that even though most market participants see the writing on the wall their desire to make up some lost ground from recent losses is keeping them in the market until the very last possible moment."

Spot on.

Plus the paper heroin addicts are pricing in their next fix. I think this market needs rehab.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:03 | 1854827 SheepDog-One
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It is all one can claim a 25% market ramp in a month on horrible news is normal. I'd guess anyone left in the casino is now long, and about to get swooshed as all the 'bulls' are back swagering about saying 'I told you so'....every time that happens the bottom drops out.

Longs and shorts money...all the same color. 


Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:56 | 1854820 chump666
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Europe melted up when that "Italian" ECB guy started buying 2/10 yr Italian bonds.  Good move.  Just send oil bid and yes more inflation headed towards Germany.  Ah Europe, you are a confused beast.

As for the US markets, well, HFT's running on nothing suck momo's in on million dollar bets.  But it's topped, oil hits 100 and gold goes 1800 plus. A major reversal is due.  Money on Silvio, does an Argentina, cans the EURO, goes back to the Lira, and send bonds holders to the cleaners.  Just a hunch.  I'll trade it.

Oh then there is China, we have no idea if large chunks are going all subprime...cept that the there has been big Yuan and HK dollar selling last mth or so

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:20 | 1854898 SheepDog-One
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All topped out, ready for the big swoosh down. Watch for it one of these mornings real soon theyll pop markets up 1% on open to load the suckers long and pull the trap door.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:57 | 1854823 RobotTrader
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Market won't stop going up until all these short sellers give up.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:06 | 1854854 chump666
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There is no short squeeze!  It's done.  What you have is a gamed, topped out market.  Anyone buying longs and thinking that the DJIA is going to 13500 is mental, but there are suckers doing this.  HFT's are supporting positions on nothing volume till wall street comes in and fills a huge order.  On just news headlines!  That looks like a bull market?  No, it's a bizarro show. When the lunatics at the ECB/FED/IMF/EU feed more BS into the mix.  There is an 'event' brewing' .

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:10 | 1854872 SheepDog-One
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Robots dont care if theyre taking longs or shorts money, its ALL the same color.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:19 | 1854887 chump666
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You seen the nerds that program them, jeez, I mean Star Trek conventions or what.  Point is robots panic, kinda waiting for that.  Shifting longs into shorts on something major.  I have seen HFT metltup up and meltdowns on a very similar pattern: narrow ranges very quickly tight bid/offers, it's trying to find that movement.  It's looks bizarre, unnatural.  Then a spike, usually a meltdown.  ZH posted that Nanex stuff which was awesome.


Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:31 | 1854929 YesWeKahn
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So, you are saying that 100 years of bull market was simply for punishing some short sellers?

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:57 | 1854826 YesWeKahn
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What does Robotrader say? The charts of nasdaq, S&P, Dow all look suprt bullish. Is this the santa rally?

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:05 | 1854834 SheepDog-One
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'Chart looks bullish'...LOL you mean the 25% volumeless 1 month ramp job to bigtime overbought status? Buy all you like! GO for it man!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:02 | 1854844 Lone Deranger
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The dynamic point of control or DPOC (dark blue line) in the VWAP chart above almost has no meaning recently.  My questions is:  where is the point of control in this crazy market?  I'm still using VWAP and associated standard deviations to gauge bounces, but the DPOC is getting pointless.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:12 | 1854852 SheepDog-One
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Like the headline says VOLUMELESS LEVITATION....and people run around yelling about all the jubilant buying frenzy? 

VOLUMELESS, bitchez! Only a lunatic is in this den of thieves.

And as soon as this shit heap collapses next time, listen to their moans and wailing about how unfair it all is and how they lost it all.

Dont come running to me for sympathy, I'll LAUGH!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:16 | 1854884 slewie the pi-rat
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mmmmm...volumeless price levitation...

can i get astral options on that?  with kraut and swiss cheese, please?

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:26 | 1854912 quacker
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October was all about rallying because of a plan to have a plan. But since the plan:

Yields on Italian bonds are going relentlessly up,  the fund keeps crapping out on drawing investors, what triggers a default and whether the insurance is any good is now a huge uncertainty, the BRIC countries will not chip in much, German industrial production and new orders have hit the skids, Italy is on the brink and Greece is still kaput even with a 50% haircut.

How does ANY of that spell rally on?

What is it about these facts on the ground that mean each day US companies should have larger market caps at the end of the day than they had at the start of the day? Which fundamental is getting better?


Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:33 | 1854933 SheepDog-One
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Someones going to have to pay up, soon.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 18:49 | 1854976 dcb
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yeah, doing trend lines, etc. there was no reason for the low tody, and the bounce from that. no channel, no clear point. it made no sense. I know crap when I see it, and what I see it where you would put your stop loss as it breaks, the hft funds are allowing it to break and buying up. real evidence of what I call manipulation today.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 20:40 | 1855193 anyways
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look, this is just a hypernervous, high volatility market. The participants don't want to hurt 'you', they want to make money, or most the time, prevent looses. Legitimate business, as long as we have a form of capitalism. Every dollar, euro or yen, invested in these markets is under enourmous beta risk, in almost any asset, beside gold i think. The core system, fiat money, is almost broken, but as long as everybody has it in his pocket, there is still the need to manage it. Full stop period. Good luck trading.

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 20:42 | 1855200 chump666
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Kinda feel we have an endgame coming, for you Europe:

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 20:51 | 1855211 Everyman
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IF they keep lying through these fucking "rumors" somebody is goinog to get shot in the fucking head!

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 21:32 | 1855267 yogibear
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Keep the rumors and lies coming. Nobody is being disciplined for it. The SEC is busy watching porn. An environment where lies and fraud flourish. When there is pressure the SEC will find some poor sucker to throw in jail. A small investor/patsy like a Martha Stewart. 

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