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Chaos Strikes The Market, People Suspect An Algo Gone Wild, Knight Capital Plummets 24%

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Very weird activity has happened at the NYSE today.

It started not long before 10:00 AM, when people noticed some very volatile action in a select list of stocks. Volume was ginormous.

Right off the bat, people suspect some kind of algorithmic trading fiasco.

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Word quickly spread through the trading community that the issues were centered around Knight Capital, a market maker.

Shares of Knight Capital, the market maker, immediately got slammed. They’re down nearly 11% now 24%!. People think the technical issues are originating from them.

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You could easily see the stocks taking weird, glitchy swings.

Via trader and twitter Echo Mike, check out this big, inexplicable drop in Netsuite (6%).

Via Yahoo Finance.

UPDATE:

CNBC is reporting that Knight Capital is not commenting, but that traders are all still pointing at Knight Capital.

This article was posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 8:54 am





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