by John Mackenzie
June 17, 2004
Received this message from a member of my investment forum who is currently on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange:
" Only have a minute but, write more later but... The entire S&P price action in the futures is being controlled by one counter party. All the guys frickin hate them: their CME clearing number is 990N and they clear through Gelber trading.
That one account is solely responsible for the current level of the S&P.
They are the ones that are throwing the S&P up overnight.
Then they are the ones that are sitting on the bid all day long, supporting the market action. The S&P pits have been decimated, absolutely ruined.
There is no volatility, so all the traders have left.
Now the hot pit is the Eurodollar pit. Go figure, that used to be like watching paint dry.
All the traders I have talked to view the market as being rigged.
They keep waiting for the price action to break loose, but it never does. They are stunned by the lack of volatility. And furious. "Time after time after time 990 just sits there on the bid. Don't they ever go away. They just absorb the entire market and then push the price wherever they want it to go.� Gee, I wonder who that counter party is. � They are all terrified of shorting, because every time they do, they get drilled. I thought it was just my systems that weren't working that well, but they are far more dispirited than I. "
Intervention at it’s finest, your tax dollars at work, providing the ultimate tax to us all.
We have watched 2000 contract market orders on the Bid at key down levels of - 50 and - 100 on those rare days when 990N decides the program trading will revert to a well defined pattern of "allowable" retracements. The Mini�s are being rigged in order to provide "support" for swollen price levels. They have to be for now, as without the daily rigging, "Price" would revert to it’s inherent "Value", a disturbing proposition to those benefiting from the financial economy�s adolescent denials.
Counterparties provide an important function in any exchange, liquidity. Given the incessant "intervention" by 990N, there is very little liquidity beneath these markets to provide real support.
2004 John Mackenzie