Before you consider going all in long over the weekend, check out some charts below. After the Markets rallied hard over the past week, many shorts have been covering in this brutal squeeze. We know of many smart investors absolutely crushed this week. Some hedge funds have had a real nightmare, after the fundamental positions have been squeezed out totally.
The whole market has actually not done anything in two months, but building a consolidation pattern, with volatile swings. We are currently trading in no trend market, but the squeeze should start diminshing. Maybe putting on some shorts for the weekend….?
SPX hitting resistance levels.
HFT-zero or negative economic value to stock pricing (as nobody can react to 10000 quotes per second per stock)
We have spent the last 24 years working with real-time market data on a tick-by-tick basis. We monitor our commercial datafeed in real-time to stay on top of market changes or issues. This past year, we have spentconsiderable time and effort studying the relentless growth of equity quotes. Based on our findings, virtually all of the additional quotes contribute zero or negative economic value to stock pricing, because they are either way outside the market or end up expiring before any investor or trader could possibly act on them. Furthermore, we can’t find any self-limiting mechanism in place that will ever put a stop to this unnecessary andexpensive growth of misinformation. The only thing that prevents a sudden explosion in quote traffic is the capacity limitation set by SIAC which runs the Consolidated Quote System (CQS) for the exchanges.
European markets are threading water in no trend market. While we have focused on EFSF votes out of Slovakia lately, we seem to forget some of the spreads still widening. What is going on in France. Is France the next casualty?
Yes, Google was great, and the HFT bashing continues. Markets are in a risk on mood today. Oil, gold, futures all point higher. Let’s see if the shorts will panic, and force the ES futures above 1220. Meanwhile, two charts showing the stress has not eased.
ECB Emergency Lending remains at elevated levels.
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