from Zero Hedge:
In a day in which the total breakdown of the market and the sheer dominance of various HFT algos was painfully obvious for any remaining carbon-based trader forms to see, we started off with not one but two E-mini trading halts following ridiculous buying slams. As a result, first thing today we asked “what exactly happened at 6:12am?” We now know.
This is what we asked first thing this morning:
Anyone waking this morning will glance at US equity futures and happily note its unchanged-ness relative to weakness in Asia overnight. But behind the scenes of the last 12 hours was a total and utter farce of price discovery failure. S&P 500 e-mini futures have been halted twice (0551ET anbd 0612ET) in what one market observer exclaimed “looks like manipulation to me.” So what exactly happened at 6:12am?
We now know.
As Nanex shows, what happened at 5:51 am and at 6:12 am, the ES breaks were nothing more than an aggravated case of HFT spoofing – the same infringement which will likely send Navinder Sarao behind bars for years – which first sent the E-mini soaring higher so fast, it broke the velocity logic circuit, and then it smashed the E-mini lower.
Here is the first spoofing instance, which prompted Eric Hunsader to declare the manipulator “busted.” Indicatively, the entire move amounted to just about 20 S&P points on the way up, or about 0.4%.
And the second one: what goes up must come down.
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