S&P 500 Futs RIGGED?!


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Well, if you take no notice of the UN, environment, Geneva convention, human rights and public opinion, sure you will not be bothered by some silly rules. They can always make an exception for Dubya after all you are either with him or against him.
If you are against him then there'll be a nice sleak missile rolling off the production line with your name all over it.


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twalker said:
Well, if you take no notice of the UN, environment, Geneva convention, human rights and public opinion, sure you will not be bothered by some silly rules. They can always make an exception for Dubya after all you are either with him or against him.
If you are against him then there'll be a nice sleak missile rolling off the production line with your name all over it.


Yea - you're right. I should put my brain in gear.


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What about this little rule then??...

A person shall not own or control more than 20,000 contracts net long or net short in all contract months combined.

How many "persons" needed to make this alleged PPT effective in significantly moving markets as alleged then?


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I was looking at this much more up close and personal yesterday. There is some very strange behaviour going on. Very large bids and offers, just off the price, are definitely being shown and withdrawn in suspicious patterns. There is also a thread of allegations that a particular large account is trading against itself in the emini to create volume at prices, and persuade the market that it is going in a certain direction. Then, either the offer gets cut by 2000 contracts, and the price whizzes up, or the bid gets cut, and it collapses, against the "shape" of the order book, and against the normal dynamics of the market. The self-trading is, of course, against the rules. In either event, the "intervention" seems to be more micro than macro (it is shaking money out of the moves, rather than trying to enforce a long-term market level).

The following post from Elite Trader looks like a pretty good first hand account (although I cannot vouch for the personal details recounted in the post, the market moves were yesterday entirely consistent with the behaviour described):

I read the excerpt on 990N. I am one of the biggest traders of the emini S&P in the world as far as contracts traded per day and I have been watching 990 manipulate the market now for seven months. The thing is I don't think your guys on the floor even know the half of it.

The reason this guy has been able to control the market is because he has been crossing orders with himself for months now to make the market appear as if it were trading in a certain direction, mostly long, and eventually gets the market to trade at certain price levels and then gets the support he needs.

This is an email I wrote someone a month ago about this looking for help...

I am actually writing you to alert you to this complete market manipulation and to see if you had any pull to get the word out to different traders and the media. I am one of the biggest S&P traders in the world as far as volume per day in that I average over 40,000 round turns per day on the screen in the emini. I tell you this because that is how I know one house is completely manipulating the market everyday because of all the trades I do with this guy. I know it sounds hard to believe that one person can control a world market but trust me that is what is occurring. He works for the firm Gelber which is house 990.

This is the basic premise for his game. He waits until the market is relatively slow, around 9:30 to 10:00 everyday, usually when the "paper trade" starts to subside then he begins a theme, mostly always long and he begins to buy. He is always looking for confirmation of his theme with what other people are doing.

When the market stops trading in his direction he then drops in a offer of 300 to 700 which he sees if anyone is interested in buying it. If there is no interest he then buys the order from himself, with the order actually trading. He does this enough times until he attracts other buyers which then hits price points and the market runs violently in his direction.

I am sure I do not have to tell you that this is completely illegal to do. He started doing this with 300 lots back in November, now he has made so much money doing it that he is up to 2000 lots. He is completely in control of the market (illegally) the majority of the time.

My firm and I have contacted the Merc on three different occasions with video proof that I recorded of my trading. It shows blatantly this guy crossing his orders thousands of times a day. The first person we talked to in compliance admitted that he saw something there when they reviewed the video of the trades I taped of him. He was mysteriously fired the next day.

We then came up with more examples for them to review and in the beginning claimed he wasn't doing it. We called them a third time, this time talking to the head of compliance and he finally admitted that they had the guy under investigation because they saw something, but in the meantime he is still allowed to trade and make millions until their "investigation" is concluded.

They obviously love the volume the guy is putting up and how it makes the emini S&P look from a standpoint of a liquid market. But if the public had knowledge of what this guy was doing I don't think they would be too impressed with the liquidity.

There is obviously some kind of cover-up. Do any of the pit traders you know have knowledge this is happening? And do you have any advice on how I can anonymously get the word out with what this guy is doing? I know you are not a true tick by tick "scalper," but this is getting to the point where it is starting to effect everyone in the marketplace.

Please let me know what you think.


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I have had no men in dark glasses at my door so I will stick to my earlier post, sure there is a little more than usual volatility on the S&P but yesterdays action on the DOW and S&P was entirely consistant with normal price action, check out what I posted prior to the open on chartmans Dow thread.


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Men in dark glasses

dc2000 said:
I have had no men in dark glasses at my door so I will stick to my earlier post, sure there is a little more than usual volatility on the S&P but yesterdays action on the DOW and S&P was entirely consistant with normal price action, check out what I posted prior to the open on chartmans Dow thread.

I cannot think why the men in trench coats and dark glasses would be at your door unless you were thought to be the market rigger in question. Other than that, I would note:

(1) That there are other items on the elite trader thread which indicate that there is some compliance/surveillance activity by the CME (responding to reporting by other market participants), but I did not quote these, as they did not seem to add anything to the one quoted in my previous post;
(2) The price action yesterday was unusual when viewed on a scale of minutes (rather than months) and was noticed as such by a number of people;
(3) The pattern of behaviour complained of is not conspiratorial, so much as fraudulent. We are talking about actions (crossing trades with oneself) that are specifically against the rules of the various exchanges ;
(4) I do not subscribe to the view that this is the conspiratorial action of a "plunge squad" or of a bankers cabal, or any such nonsense. As my first post in this thread shows, I think the evidence is against long-term stabilisation policy being carried on by these means.


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990N Update
John Mackenzie
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Jun 24, 2004

Yesterday I discussed the possibility of a rogue trader being behind the action in the S&P Emini's with a large trader of these contracts. He confirmed what I had been told by a number of sources both on and off the floor: "Igor" had been making a fortune collaring the market since November of 2003.

This trader accounts for 20% of the volume in the S&P Emini's. Many traders I have spoken with believe this trader, now a group of three to four traders have somehow figured out the interventionist's game plan and are actively trading in lock step with it.

Others believe this "rogue" trader is the market, I can assure you, that is not the case.

Although the trading pattern suggests collusion on the part of the CME and large institutions that make up the balance of the volume, no one has seen fit to address the illegality of this activity, other than to suggest it is currently "under investigation."

Many traders have suggested there is an active "linked bid" with very large order depth behind this trader to support their ongoing activity. This is confirmed by both sides of the order queue whereby orders placed are moved throughout queue and re-assigned placement. The depth of bid/offer is very large.

Large Institutional trading Firms, such as ABN Ambro, given an opportunity to blow this trader up, could do so in short order, Yet the attempt is never made. An exogenous event would send this trader into in excess of a $500,000,000.00 loss in short order.

Collusion is apparent as trades continue to cross daily:

Message From: GLOBEX Control Center:

Effect Date: Wed May 19, 2004 07:40 am CST
Message: Recently, questions have been raised about the rules which apply when individuals trade opposite their own orders on the GLOBEX(R) system.

CME Rule 432.G. ("Major Offenses") states that it shall be a major offense "to act as both buyer and seller in the same transaction." With respect to GLOBEX trading, this rule prohibits any person entering orders into the system from intentionally trading opposite their own bids or offers. Similarly, the rule prohibits any account owner from directing that bids or offers for his or her account be entered into GLOBEX with the intent of trading opposite one another. However, this restriction does not apply to individuals entering independently initiated orders on opposite sides of the market for different beneficial account owners that did not involve pre-execution discussions. In electronic trading, it may occur that an individual trades opposite his or her own order by accident. If this happens more than occasionally, it is recommended that the situation be reported to Market Regulation, along with an explanation of the reasons for the transactions. Generally, unintentional cross trades of this type will not be considered violations of Rule 432.G.

However, if such trades occur frequently without explanation, or if they cause price or volume aberrations, other rule violations may be involved.

Traders who engage in frequent changing of bids and offers are encouraged to use front-end functionality which automatically cancels orders at a price when the market maker enters new orders on the opposite side of the market at that price that could potentially be matched with the their own order.

Should you have any questions, please contact Jim Moran at 312.930.8520, Eric Wolff at 312.930.3255, or Bob Sniegowski at 312.648.5493.

One of the more telling conversations I had this morning was with a trader who had his limits raised to call 990 on their manipulation and was instantly handed their head and $750,000.00 in losses.

I have discussed the scope and depth of pockets required to maintain this ongoing manipulation and traders believe there is massive collusion between the exchange and certain member firms masking trades for the ESF/Working Group on Financial Markets.

The CME has set about making phone calls to traders who have commented on this matter, suggesting it would be very bad for business were this allowed increase in din. After having no comment on the matter, the matter is under investigation and has the attention of compliance.

I suspect, as I have said all along, the malfeasance will simply spread far and wide. The actual level of liquidity is this intervention and transitory in nature. The market is far too large to allow one trader accounting for 20% of the volume to corner the S&P Eminis.

The S&P Emini is being collared and moved in lock step daily by several parties through linkages in the order queue, the ongoing pattern is the same every day. the market is being controlled and those with winning hands on the short side are losing when asserting their positions. This activity is clearly draining liquidity from the market, yet support exists on the long side.

We have not seen a 2% down day in the S&P in 276 trading days, this is unparalleled.

Jun 24, 2004
John Mackenzie
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John Mackenzie manages private capital and hosts a gold forum/investors exchange on Yahoo! groups.

321gold Inc



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are the nq riggeed aswell?


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Bieng gullible, may i inquire the depth of pockets required to rig the markets as large as S&P 500?


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zigglewigler said:
Excellent post, to the point, in fact forthright, now I can sleep easy, what a lot of ******** was the answer all along.

I have no doubt at all that the 'plunge prevention team' is not a figment of traders' imagination and that what you cite is probably connected - lots of rumours about PPT efforts to engineer a markets 'feel-good factor' for the Republican Convention too - understandable enough when you look at the action last week.

It's not a conspiricy - just that establishment vested interests are inextricably bound to rising markets right now and they will do whatever they can to frustrate normal market mechanisms when a serious slide is threatened. The interesting bit comes when somebody gets caught breaking the rules to that end and can be connected with the 'establishment'

Problem is nobody loves a bear - so not much incentive to pin the 'blame' on anyone - after all it's what we all want isn't it? - (rising markets that is)


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There may also be secret PPT team to put the breaks on sharp one day declines, but they probably only
operate a few times per decade. I remember a massive sell off in the Nasdaq in 2000, went down
over 500 points intra day only to finish the day up.

It doesnt cost much to come into the last few hours of a really big down day and start buying futures
then you get short covering and the momentum picks up on the upside.

The PPT is the reason we havent seen a one day crash since 1987. Even the Nasdaq went
from 5000 to 1000 no one calls it crash because there was never any one day big decline
or 'crash'.
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