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The 'WTF SkyNet' Chart Du Jour

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UPDATE: In case you were wondering, IBM's magnicently efficient market behavior today provided 53.6 points for the Dow - which ended the day up only 34.6 points - phew!!

We are sure someone smarter than us can come up with a story and narrative to explain what is going on here. We just sit back and enjoy the beauty of a sentient SkyNet picking off every single stop trade possible.



and MCD...


and the impact on the Dow...


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Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:52 | 2633351 veyron
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With each swing a new set of muppets are corzined

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:55 | 2633380 ACP
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Skynet's first day of "total control"?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:57 | 2633394 redpill
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Obviously this is market-assisting price discovery.

Actually it's a pretty good illustration of why every time someone mentions a financial transaction tax the bankers all shit their pants.  As much as I abhor taxation, it would put a stop to a lot of this mickey mouse horseshit in a heartbeat.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:01 | 2633405 hedgeless_horseman
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Graham and Dodd are dead! 

Long live Graham and Dodd!

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:02 | 2633438 Michael
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It's like, how did I know the Bulgarian bus bomber wasn't Iranian?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:08 | 2633475 veyron
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A few other charts that should be included:


VVUS the last three days

ARNA the last month

AMRN today



Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:19 | 2633533 ACP
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Maybe just moving up to big names to test the SEC. They are incompetent, of course, so let's see if the HFT programmers get ballsy and expand their really obvious bullshit.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:23 | 2633550 Dr Benway
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Check out some Australian stocks, the squid has imported this shit here. Check out SOL.AX and tell me that stock is not entirely manipulated.


Or check out my excellent exclusive expose of the third largest ponzi in history, which depends on algo share manipulation.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:41 | 2633613 MiguelitoRaton
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This market is nothing but a play toy for the HFT computers.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:44 | 2633620 Manthong
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SkyNet on Bath Salts

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:05 | 2633693 Aziz
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I still know people who say that RenTech is the best investment out there....

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:08 | 2633699 Manthong
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You know, my first reaction was "that’s just crazy", but after a few minutes reflection I realized that no, of course that cannot be crazy, it is precise, calculated, purposeful evil which by acts of commission and omission is made possible by our government.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:22 | 2633709 Muppet of the U...
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I think it's epic brilliance.  The ultimate fear machine; designed to never shake the market at its foundation!  It appears to be designed to skim of the top.  --  So it would seem? It is the perfect harmonization of stable destruction and pillaging?  Hate it all you want, it's core belief is brilliant, and therefore beautiful.


HOWEVER, I just wouldn't want to be anywhere near it in high volatility, let alone bearitory. 

B/c it's funny you should mention this particular shape showing up, raping the stops...  You see, when dealing in HFT fractals, higher order movements contain the same type of micro-market shapes.  Notice a similarity to the macro-market? 


Now guess what happens when this system of rapid increase decrease reaches a point of harmony?  Like planets lining up...  extremely massive patches of volatility.  Imagine 1000 independent containers on an oil tanker.  Now imagine that the typical laws of physics have been removed, and a synthetic version of hyper fractal activity has been injected...  eventually all of those containers will rock in unison, and capsize the boat. 

Brilliant, with a fatal flaw: fractals are not a stable platform.  They are the epitome of the black swan potential.  The MF'ing epitome of blindsiding extremes.  Why?  B/c nature is naturally wild and free.  So the idea of stability of rape?  Is flawed to its core, and I wonder if the Quants who created this system know it or not...

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:31 | 2633788 tooktheredpill
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I remember the oil container similie from Soros when he was talking about deregulation. We will eventually be screwed this way as well - just a matter of time.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:35 | 2633804 czarangelus
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Such a perceptive comment (and I do say so myself!) Clamping down on the instability of a system while there's local instability guarantees that sooner or later, there will be a sudden and catastrophic alteration of its behavior until a new equilibrium is formed.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:53 | 2633866 MsCreant
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Like soldiers marching across a suspension bridge in unison, the bridge can fall.

I've had this same observation about Algos in general (though not in this top shaving context). One day the dam will burst and the waterfall will come streaming through and it will be unstopable.

If a simpleton like me can figure it out, I assume they too must know. So they think they can get out of the way of it when it is done, or, they are doing it on purpose.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 19:10 | 2634122 Jendrzejczyk
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There's a similar phenomena in electrical work called harmonics. Computers and the new electronic ballasts for fluorescent lighting clip off only the cream of the sine wave. In essence trying only to use the peak power of a wave of electricity. This distorts what is left of the wave. Much like two people jumping on a trampoline, if they hit perfectly just after one another, the first one gets skyrocketed off in an odd direction.

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 09:35 | 2635688 MsCreant
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Mother nature leaves us messages every where. We have to learn to listen.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 19:12 | 2634128 RockyRacoon
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Even the clueless Bob Pisani made note of it today toward the close.   Now that's news in itself.   The usual faces stood around and looked pretty deer-in-the-headlights aghast.

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 09:35 | 2635695 MsCreant
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And they will still say they didn't see it coming.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 23:37 | 2634787 i-dog
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"So they think they can get out of the way of it when it is done"

MsC, That is the aspect that gives me the most chuckles ... There are going to be a lot of shocked faces on the day/weekend when the rug is pulled!

  • Bankers and strategists who thought they were on the inside, but find themselves on the outside (there are only so many chairs around the Politburo table)
  • Politicians who thought they were on the inside, but find themselves on the outside (there are only so many chairs around the Party Hack table)
  • HF and PE GPs who thought they were on the inside, but find themselves on the outside (there are NO chairs for potential pretenders to the Politburo...note what Putin did to Berezovsky and Khodorkovsky post-Yeltsin)
  • "Smart" investors picking up pennies in front of the steamroller will miss the actual day (K-K-K-Ken is c-c-c-coming for w-w-w-wevenge!

And when the list of collaborators is finally "leaked" (by those on the inside), this is what awaits the above at the hands of those who were ripped off:

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 09:41 | 2635723 MsCreant
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I am pretty sure there are already folks who thought they were inside getting thrown under the bus (or is that the steam roller?).

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 19:00 | 2634082 EclecticParrot
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I didn't realize Thomas Pynchon posted on ZH under the muppet-universe pseudonym.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 19:08 | 2634114 youngman
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I wonder if it was a rogue trader who just gave us a sign as to what they can do......he has had enough of rigging the markets and thru this out to show the world just how rigged they are....before he quit...I can only hope someone still has a soul in Wall Street...these are big companies with volumes...if they can move those so easily..just think what the end game is.....or will look like...3,000 up...3,000 down in an hour...?????

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 02:24 | 2634980 Bananamerican
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i junked "Pynchon" for this,

"Hate it all you want, it's core belief is brilliant, and therefore beautiful"

Its core belief is repellant...

it is the apotheosis of our amoral social/economic system...

It is Short-term thinking gone fractal; the triumph of the CorpoRAT ethos.

"fuck YOUR tomorrow buddy. I got MINE AND YOURS today!"

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:39 | 2633818 steelhead23
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You need to be long WTI if you really want to see RenTech sky.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:17 | 2633952 potlatch
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"SkyNet on Bath Salts"



ok.  I have to admit.  I did *not* think it was going to get that bad.

I'm just gonna close my eyes and yell "few bad apples! few bad apples!" over and over again until I cry myself to sleep.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:45 | 2633626 FEDbuster
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Elliot waves?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:07 | 2633686 Ying-Yang
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Ding dong dang it Tyler... everytime you bring up SKYNET, it becomes more realistic!

The Tyler Terminator: The Obama Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line October 10th, 2012. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, November 10th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
Cognitive Dissonance: Skynet fights back.
The Tyler Terminator: Yes. It launches its missiles against the targets in Iran.
Cognitive Dissonance: Why attack Iran? Aren't they just a little country?
The Tyler Terminator: Because Skynet knows the Iranian counter-attack will eliminate its enemies over here.


Cognitive Dissonance : No, no, no, no. You gotta listen to the way people talk. You don't say "affirmative," or some shit like that. You say "no problemo." And if someone comes on to you with an attitude you say "eat me." And if you want to shine them on it's "hasta la vista, baby."
The Tyler Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.
Cognitive Dissonance : Yeah but later, dickwad. And if someone gets upset you say, "chill out"! Or you can do combinations.
The Tyler Terminator: Chill out, dickwad.
Cognitive Dissonance : Great! See, you're getting it!
The Tyler Terminator: No problemo.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:50 | 2633855 I am more equal...
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V-fib .... looks terminal.  Diabetic death throws of a cancer plaqued system that is being sodomized by Bernake.  A trillion for every inch he shoves up the market ass. 

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:55 | 2633872 jekyll island
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Polymorphic V-Tach

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:23 | 2633967 chirobliss
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Yeah, those massive 6-cent swings are gonna wipe out the entire ASX!

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 19:49 | 2634265 Dr Benway
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Don't open your mouth on subjects you are clueless about, simpleton.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 21:00 | 2634434 chirobliss
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Hey doc, that's not nice!

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:39 | 2633594 hedgeless_horseman
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Maybe just moving up to big names to test the SEC.

The problem is that there isn't anything illegal here for the SEC to investigate.

In addition, let's not pretend that the market wasn't manipulated when the volume flowed through the floor brokers.  It was just less obvious.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 20:26 | 2634368 Bringin It
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just less obvious ...

and more difficult to scale up into it's current total charade incarnation before this degree of automation became available.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:12 | 2633497 Herd Redirectio...
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Its like the computer is just dealing with the market in 15 or 30 min. intervals, and is goalseeking towards the target.   It appears as the day progresses the algorith is programmed for 'Higher Lows, Higher Lows, Higher Lows into the close'.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:13 | 2633508 Dr. Richard Head
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Algos need smoke breaks too!

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:18 | 2633525 Solarman
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Yeah, like no one uses suurogates.  You'd make a great analyst.  

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:51 | 2633644 Michael
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Like the Arabs who were patsies on 9/11?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 20:31 | 2634371 Bringin It
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Nice fight club shot to the collective status quo solar-plexus, Michael.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:09 | 2633703 Pi'd Piper
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Ghezali was arrested in Pakistan a week ago near the Iranian border... You don't think that they could have had anything to do with the "$50,000 in cash, maps indicating Western embassies, and--every religion student's best friend--an explosives belt" the group was carrying?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:21 | 2633750 fuu
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He was arrested in 2009 not last week.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:00 | 2633420 Racer
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no the banksters don't shit their pants, they shit on the someone who mentions a financial transaction tax......

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:02 | 2633441 Dr. Engali
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I hate to say it but I agree. This is getting to the point where it's beyond ridiculous. Maybe not a tax but a designated hold time beyond a few fractions of a second.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:31 | 2633578 Xibalba
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Bernanke at 'work'

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:03 | 2633682 jwoop66
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Maybe only let humans play...

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:14 | 2633721 cossack55
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Since SCOTUS says corporations are people too, maybe HFTs are human too.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:30 | 2633781 LowProfile
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Impossible to enforce, just require each bid or offer be maintained for one full second...

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:29 | 2633777 LowProfile
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Maybe not a tax but a designated hold time beyond a few fractions of a second.

One full second.  That's all.  Just one second, to let the bid or the offer get hit.  Should be no problem if the bid or offer is legit.

99% of the population would be just fine with that.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 21:24 | 2634411 Bringin It
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It seems to me you could still distribute time by having many coordinated threads trading per second.  Each thread would meet the 1 sec. hold rule, but the density of activity in the sub-second space could accomplish the same thing.  For example - at 0:00.01, I buy 100 shares and have to hold 1 second.  At 0:00.02 a seperate thread/actor/process of mine sells 100 shares.  What's my net position? 

Time is another dimension.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:09 | 2633483 Raymond K Hessel
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Taxes are as much of a deterrent to stock market manipulation as the death penalty is to murder.


You know you're a socialist, when you look at a problem and say "Shit, why don't we tax it?"

You know you're a socialist, when you look at a problem and say, "Shit, there should be a law against that!"

You know you're a-wait let me finish.

You know you're a socialist, when you look at a problem and say, "Where are the cops?"

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:24 | 2633547 Things that go bump
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I hate cops.  I'm more a vigilante sort of girl.  I look at a problem and say, "Why don't we shoot them?"  Does that mean I'm a libertarian?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:38 | 2633602 JeffB
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I've felt that way at times, but then again it didn't work out so well for George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin.


Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:39 | 2633610 Ignatius J Reilly
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from Texas

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:29 | 2633779 redpill
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It means you're soon to be a convict; TPTB don't take well to people shooting thier banksters.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:05 | 2633910 Dr. Richard Head
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I shoot them verbally.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:28 | 2633567 ZippyDooDah
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Raymond K Weasel

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:49 | 2633628 1984
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Taxes are unnecessary and they probably get passed onto the retail anyway.  What we really need is to get rid of all the backstopping that's keeping the bots in play.  I.e. GET RID of all the circuit breakers and LET ALL trades stand.  I can guarantee you that one flash crash and all the manipulators will go out of business.  Problem solved the free market way.

But judging from their latest actions on the new circuit breakers, the SEC wants to guarantee smoother profits for the bots/manipulators/skimmers.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:28 | 2633773 redpill
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True, but how much can they really pass on the charge to average investors who makes less than 50 trades a year?  If they did they would lose all their clients to the low cost brokers who don't partake in HFT themselves.

I like the notion of a flash crash wiping out the bad actors, but how many legitimate individual stock holders get wiped at the same time?  People with stop losses in place only to see them get crushed because some whack ass algo went nuts?   

I don't like the idea of any additional taxes or regulation, on the other hand we are dealing with financial institutions deliberately attempting to defraud and steal from the general populace by quote/channel stuffing, front running, and any other manner of morally repugnant practice that has absolutely NOTHING to do with actual price discovery, adds zero value to the economy, and is nothing more than theft from those without the same technology.  This is legalized robbery, and one way or another it must be stopped.


Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:31 | 2633790 LowProfile
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One full second.  That's all.  Just one second, to let the bid or the offer get hit.  Should be no problem if the bid or offer is legit.

99% of the population would be just fine with that.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:29 | 2633572 trilliontroll
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Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics"


  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.    

do you see this laws being violated ?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:41 | 2633615 wretch
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Never understood why robots would or should follow Asimov's stupid laws.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:21 | 2633749 redpill
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That's why it made for such good stories when they didn't :)


Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:25 | 2633765 Piranhanoia
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But they did always follow robotic law.  R. D had to arrange things for the humans from time to time.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:11 | 2633712 Stoploss
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Now we got red gold and red futures.


Thanks Ben, this is too easy.

Tell the tard behind the terminal, there may be some people slightly more keen to little idiosyncrasies like this.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:38 | 2634016 Jay Gould Esq.
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"We are Coke's specialist team. Do you have a particular question you wish to ask pertaining to today's trading ?"

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:04 | 2633454 aint no fortuna...
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my, they certainly are lovely tho aren't they, it almost brings tears to the eyes to know that there could be so much ethereal beauty in such a perverse, diseased piece of shit

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:12 | 2633505 Matt
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It would be nice if Zerohedge did an expose on the software engineering teams at each of the major HFT firms, so we can place bets on which team will out-cannibalise the rest.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:23 | 2633549 Things that go bump
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And find out where they live.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:23 | 2633968 bagehot99
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Now that is a good suggestion.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:07 | 2633471 azzhatter
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I believe they named that program "The Corzine"

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:55 | 2633873 Yamaha
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The fucking idiots on CNBS were looking at this today and asking "why is this happening" and they could find nobody on the floor that "knew".....

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 21:28 | 2634524 kaa1016
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Pisani was absolutely sickening. I was screaming at the TV saying it's the algo's and I know that he knows this. These guys are unreal in their blatant attempts at preserving the status quo. What a joke...

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:52 | 2633355 transaccountin
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ping pong. hot potato. musical chairs. until it stops

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:54 | 2633377 transaccountin
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also, check out the time when the updraft starts. every new hour its goes up for 30 min then down

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:58 | 2633413 tmosley
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Or when everyone realizes that they are actually deaf, and the music stopped 4 years ago.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:52 | 2633358 runlevel
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They dont even try to make it look like its not manipulated... road to roota is starting to reallllly sound legit.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:34 | 2633591 Bodhi
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Why should they?  That's just more work.  It's not like anybody is going to do anything about it.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:34 | 2633592 Bodhi
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Why should they?  That's just more work.  It's not like anybody is going to do anything about it.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 19:26 | 2634171 holdbuysell
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"They dont even try to make it look like its not manipulated..."

It really is that obvious, isn't it? I would bet that it's going to get even more obvious in upcoming months.

I don't think TPTB have the luxury of stealth at this point. I get the sense that where things are right now, it's come to the point of the necessity to hold it together at all costs.

What still sits in uncomfortably in my mind is that the LIBOR manipulation was published as affirmative. While the silver issue, for example, still churns. Everyone knows that nothing in politics happens by accident. The LIBOR fraud release is serving a purpose. We just don't know what quite yet.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:53 | 2633366 NJBDeflator
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higher lows and higher highs hahah

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:56 | 2633396 ACP
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THAT was funny. +1

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:53 | 2633367 monopoly
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Those charts tell the truth of what is going on. I could be wrong but I bet IBM accounts for over 1/3 the Dow gain today.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:54 | 2633372 slaughterer
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Scalp those predictable oscillations... and donate all proceeds to ZH. 

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:54 | 2633379 sdmjake
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yeah, that looks natural....aaarrrgghhhh!

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:15 | 2633512 Dr. Richard Head
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The only thing natural on this particular post are your ass cheeks!  Hey oh!

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:15 | 2633515 ihedgemyhedges
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Speaking of natural, can I have your avatar's phone number??????

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:55 | 2633381 Boilermaker
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It's gotta work. It's just gotta.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:55 | 2633382 AccreditedEYE
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Un-f-ing believeable. These are LARGE CAPS folks. wow.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:55 | 2633383 Village Smithy
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Fully Fed Approved, as long as it slopes up to the right.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:55 | 2633385 capm
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Just buy the f---ing dip.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:55 | 2633387 ziggy59
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Things do go better with coke

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:50 | 2633856 ghengis86
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Cocaine's a helluva drug

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 22:30 | 2634685 mirac
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Addictive shit.  Give me peyote, mesucline or mushrooms.  Right now, tequila is my drug of choice...

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:57 | 2633388 Dr. Richard Head
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Ascending triangle used to mean something, technically speaking.  Technicals used to mean analysis.  There are no technicals, so there cannot be any analysis. 

Fingering one's own anus is much more productive.  Plus, it avoids a hand being shoved into a puppet's ass.

Stock-cock block, if you will.


Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:00 | 2633671 Bollixed
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"Fingering one's own anus is much more productive."

I suppose since you're a doctor we'll need to pay you for that advice...:-)

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:55 | 2633389 spastic_colon
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it seems obvious enough that excess liquidity is being used to pump them so their "buddies" can sell, money multiplier for banks

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:59 | 2633422 Dr. Richard Head
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With no market participants left, there are no holders for the bags of shit.  I withdrew from the market back in 08 thinking I was oh-so smart.  Little did I know Benny and the Inkjets (Thanks for that one Tyler) would take those bags of shit and sling them on top of the national debt (circle jerk with TIMMAH) and then give us the tax bill. 

I thought I took my ball home and didn't play.......Thanks a lot Benny.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:13 | 2633470 John Law Lives
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I pretty much did the same damn thing.  I put money in Texas GO munis and watch them crank out around ~5% a year.  Who (aside from the insider cronies) knew Benny was going to gun the markets via massive money printing in concert with massive deficit spending from Congress.


Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:17 | 2633522 Dr. Richard Head
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I withdrew from all paper instruments of wealth.  Since then, I have made my underwater house pretty.  I figured I wanted my prison cell to be the fanciest and most comfortable.  They can take my stock/bond protfolio much easier than digging up my backyard putting green.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:24 | 2633556 Meesohaawnee
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but but Robo says everyone is buying up equities. he/she it cant be wrong can he?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:00 | 2633423 Dr. Richard Head
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Explains my drinking problem.....a little bit at least.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:55 | 2633391 monopoly
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Anyone using leverage/margin, in this market, well,poof,  they are mostly gone. They will not survive this Tsunami. 

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:57 | 2633400 Sofa King
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I haven't done Diff Eq's in years but I belive that is an Underdamped Response for a Second-Order system.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:26 | 2633560 foxenburg
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Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:01 | 2633674 1984
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Following your own observation to its logical conclusion: the market is controlled by a simple 2nd order linear system, probably 2 coupled 1st order systems with a lag.  Skynet is the only player.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:13 | 2633717 HelluvaEngineer
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lulz, thanks for that

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:57 | 2633402 Jlmadyson
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A real art for sure.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:57 | 2633403 nobusiness
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That is just the pulse of this market.  brutal unless you can front run or create your own bid and ask by just asking.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:49 | 2633640 ParkAveFlasher
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if by "pulse of the market" you mean Bernanke sitting in his office banging ctrl-P to "Smoke Over Water", then yes.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:12 | 2633716 EscapeKey
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The invisible hand of the market clearly is epileptic.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:02 | 2633902 ZeroAvatar
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Nothing but a random walk down Wall Street.  /s

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:57 | 2633407 Conax
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All your market are belong to us.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:59 | 2633409 John Law Lives
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I wonder if the 25-year old math wonks who devised the algorithms behind these trading programs realize (or care) that such suspicious trading activity is being watched.  Then again, WTF is the SEC going to do about it... anything...?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:00 | 2633427 drink or die
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They are going to get right on that, as soon as they finish downloading their trannie porn.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:06 | 2633465 Overfed
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I think they just clock out and go home once they're done whacking off.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:10 | 2633488 Hype Alert
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You do understand why they don't solve this (HFT) problem, right?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:18 | 2633529 Dr. Richard Head
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Because something like this would happen?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:22 | 2633965 Hype Alert
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I think there are fewer and fewer and fewer non-machine participants in the market.  They've robbed them all and driven them out, which I always thought is what the SEC was suppose to prevent, not implement.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:11 | 2633496 John Law Lives
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Ha!  Good one.  Sadly, some two dozen SEC employees were reportedly investigated for viewing porn on the job.  That was their version of government "stimulus".

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:04 | 2633688 1984
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If you shift that up a few octaves, it'd probably make good soundtrack for the tranny porn.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:57 | 2633886 Ying-Yang
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Begs the question... and you know what Tranny Porn sounds like?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 19:33 | 2634194 fuu
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I just tried, it sounds pretty awful.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:59 | 2633416 Hype Alert
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It's a market you can put your trust and money in.  Just don't expect to get either back.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:59 | 2633417 fuu
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Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:59 | 2633418 LawsofPhysics
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Free the godamned market already?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:04 | 2633458 Hype Alert
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Hey don't worry, the SEC mandated the flash crash problems be coded out so the illusion is more believable.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:22 | 2633535 cougar_w
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Ha ha. Or the flash crashes crash so flashily they defy observation:

The first story I ever wrote "for" ZH (not like they ever asked me to.) It still wears well...

She's blue, she's racked, and she's totally on fire! Meet the firebird and her insane sister the destroyer as they answer the question that is on everyone's mind: What does a girl do wtih 4 trillion computational units? Seriously what's up with that?

Contains some nudity. Well actually it is all about nudity. I mean she sets everything on fire what do want her to do, burn up her entire wardrobe? Give the kid a break.

Also contains some really twisted maths. And violation of network security policies. Oh and breaking and entering. And did I mention she's topless?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:27 | 2633561 Karl von Bahnhof
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Free the Market! Bitchez

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:01 | 2633431 monopoly
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And this from marketWatch

U.S. ECONOMY: Philly factory activity stays weak in July | Sales of existing homes drop 5.4% in Jun e 

• Leading economic index declines in June | U.S. weekly jobless claims shoot back up.


And we close green. Unfucking believable. But, there it is.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:07 | 2633469 Conax
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We shall always close green. If not on the day, on the week, if not on the week, on the month, and if not on the month, on the quarter.

We shall expend every digital dollar, every regulatory favor, every ounce of paper silver, every last shred of credit your grandchildren can muster, to do so.

The Empire requires your service.

(this seems true, sometimes)

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:24 | 2633553 Jlmadyson
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QE baby QE.

Keep pumping those prices up to which they will get it far too late to matter. Will be well beyond falling off the cliff to save.

Hopium is a bitch.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:28 | 2633564 Meesohaawnee
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A market hijacked. did i say "market"? oops sorry . and they think flashcrash was a turnoff . at least that could have been spun as  a mistake. This is far from it.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:44 | 2633622 Karl von Bahnhof
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Yep, The FlashCrash (TM) were few seconds of a true free Market. And then They (TM) start to control again...

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:01 | 2633433 George Washington
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I'm not an expert, but looks to me like someone's algo is tied to SEC porn-watching activities ...

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:02 | 2633444 Wakanda
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Every peak is a money shot.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:09 | 2633484 Rainman
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algos trolling for heat map suckers is my hunch.....those zany europeans are attracted to USA "safety".....bwahahahaha

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:02 | 2633437 Wakanda
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Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:02 | 2633440 Joshua_D
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Shall we play a game?

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:16 | 2633519 Matt
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A strange game. The only way to win is not to play.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:02 | 2633446 q99x2
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Buy and Sell the F'n Dip. And, sell and buy and sell and buy....

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:03 | 2633449 Village Smithy
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A month ago if we had started the day with Spanish bond yields at all time highs, misses in employment and housing, a large bank earnings miss you might have expected at least a down day. WTF? The GOP obviously does not want to win this election very badly or they would be floating all kinds of shit about how Obama has the markets rigged. They are happy to watch their insider traded portfolios swell as they chuckle at Romney spending all his money on a lost campaign.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:03 | 2633452 the not so migh...
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This is all they got left.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 17:42 | 2633830 Rainman
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+ rebates

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:07 | 2633462 ebworthen
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There's that oscillation again; shattering the glass of nearly every non-HFTRobo retail trader still in the casino.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:06 | 2633464 LouisDega
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Google up 18 AH.. That is all.  News and weather after a word from your local sponsers  

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:06 | 2633466 youngman
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It must have been the news....oh shit...just the HFT computers adding liquidity...yeah thats it...its better for the market....I just watch teh markets now....not invested..hope no one else is that I know...but its more than rigged...volume way down...the VIX that we watch here is dead...its dead because there are no human traders anymore...just algos and crooks...they can dump this market when they want and sky it whent they market funds...Bonds...emerging markets.....or PM´s....where to invest...where to invest...???????  I´ll take gold and silver...

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:07 | 2633472 magpie
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That was great, seeing this pattern for the first time in the ShittiCitibank stock in May 2009.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 16:07 | 2633474 hugovanderbubble
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Italian Debt = JUNK

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