Another Day, Another Flash Crash

It has been about a week since we have had a flash crash in our broken markets, and we were getting a little antsy. Then Nucor showed up and traded at $0.01. At 11:52:21 something broke, and as the QR chart below shows, it was basically precisely the same algo malfunction that either goes and hits all bids all the way to zero, or some HFT decided to shut down, and wipe out the entire bidside orderbook. The stock which had been trading at $39.58 literally milliseconds earlier, saw a SkyNet T-1 unit go berserk and take out the bids at $37.22, and $35.77 in sequential fashion, with the next trade being at at the residual stub quote of $0.01. Of course, circuit breakers were triggered, but not before even more irreversible damage to investor confidence was suffered. And those idiots 'upstairs' still wonder why tomorrow we will report another massive outflow from mutual funds.

There is a pattern emerging: every week we are seeing a flash crash in more and more prominent stocks. These are getting more and more frequent. And instead of fixing the underlying cause, the SEC continues to fret with reactive damage control, and DKing trades of those who are brave enough to step in and take advantage of broken algos. How long will this kindof bullshit travesty continue?

More from Dow Jones:

The trade, which appears to have taken place on a stock platform owned by CBOE Holdings Inc . (CBOE), set off a single-stock "circuit breaker" as exchanges this week expand the trading halts to all stocks in the Russell 1000 index, alongside some exchange-traded funds.

A spokeswoman for CBOE said Tuesday that the trades that triggered the circuit breaker were canceled. The CBOE Stock Exchange, the market where the trade took place, was looking into the issue, she said.