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  • Here's why BlackRock is throwing in the towel on human stock picking and using robots

    03/29/2017 2:53:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/29/2017 | Michael Santoli
    BlackRock's move this week to replace dozens of fund managers and analysts with robotic stock-selection tools reflects a powerful and somewhat puzzling feature of today's market: No one does stock picking anymore, it's too crowded. Yogi Berra's paradoxical quip about an unfashionably congested restaurant applies to the traditional Wall Street pursuit of selecting the best stocks. And even the world's largest asset manager, with $5 trillion under its control, is not insulated from the pressure. Wall Street firms caught in the middle of these movements have been generating pointed research on these trends for institutional clients, as both the "sell...
  • The Impact of Automation: Goldman Sachs Had 600 Cash Equity Traders In 2000; It Now Has only 2

    02/13/2017 10:04:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/13/2017
    For the dramatic impact of technology, and specifically trade automation from algo, quant and robotic trading  on today's capital markets, look no further than Goldman's cash equities trading floor at the firm's headquarters which, according to the MIT Tech Review, employed 600 traders its height back in 2000, buying and selling stocks for Goldman's institutional client clients. Today there are just two equity traders left. Complex trading algorithms, some with machine-learning capabilities, first replaced trades where the price of what’s being sold was easy to determine on the market, including the stocks traded by Goldman’s old 600.Call it the...
  • Oil Tumbles Below $40 on Flurry of Bearish News

    08/01/2016 10:01:23 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 01-08-2016 | Matt
    A new week, a new month, a new sell-off. Crude prices are charging lower to start the week as a plethora of bearish indicators emerge to encourage crude lower. Hark, here are five things to consider in the oil market today.
  • Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries

    06/24/2016 4:22:04 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 62 replies
    AP ^ | 6/24/2016
    The AP review of Clinton's calendar — her after-the-fact, official chronology of the events of her four-year term — identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors and loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were either not recorded or listed with identifying details scrubbed. The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page document with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day's events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show...
  • Oil Hits 6-Month High on Crude Inventory Draw

    05/11/2016 3:27:10 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-05-2016 | Charles
    Crude oil futures rose 3.5 percent in mid-afternoon trading on Wednesday, following official data earlier in the day showing a 3.4-million drop in crude inventories and a fall in crude output to 8.8 million barrels per day, the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2014. June deliveries of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) were up US$1.57, or 3.5 percent, settling at US$46.23 per barrel on the New York exchange. This jump is higher than any closing price the commodity has seen since November of last year.
  • The Chicago Stock Exchange is being sold to a Chinese-led investor group

    02/05/2016 11:04:19 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 5, 2015 | Portia Crowe
    CHICAGO--The Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (CHX) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group (the 'Casin Group'). The Board of Directors of CHX has unanimously approved the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2016. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
  • Fundamentals For Oil Still Bearish, But Sentiment Is Shifting

    02/03/2016 1:11:36 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-02-2016 | esmionoestuyo
    Oil speculators spent the latter half of 2015 with an incredibly pessimistic view of the trajectory for oil prices. Speculators piled into short positions, pushing net-shorts to multiyear highs. But speculators are at a bit of a crossroads at this point. With oil down to $30 and below, a growing number of hedge funds and other major investors are starting to wonder whether or not the selloff has gone too far. To be sure, oil markets are still suffering from too much supply, but with so much production around the world unprofitable at today’s prices, a rally will have to...
  • Citigroup: Oil Is The “Trade Of The Year”

    01/22/2016 10:31:17 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-01-2016 | citi
    Oil prices surged on Thursday and Friday, staging a 14 percent rally to push oil back above $31 per barrel. A combination of factors worked together to stop the bleeding for WTI and Brent. Hopes rose for fresh monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank on Thursday when its President Mario Draghi hinted that more action could be forthcoming. Also, Japan’s central bank could also engage in QE-style asset purchasing to boost the economy. At the same time, a monster snow storm hitting the east coast of the U.S. brought speculation that colder weather could boost demand.
  • This is why the NYSE shut down today

    07/08/2015 2:10:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Fortune ^ | 07/08/2015 | by Stephen Gandel
    An expert says a failed systems upgrade forced the New York Stock Exchange to halt trading on Wednesday. Two weeks ago, the New York Stock Exchange told trading firms and other subscribers that it would be discontinuing some of its legacy systems. Apparently, the fix disconnected the entire NYSE. The NYSE has not yet confirmed why trading on the exchange had been halted on Wednesday morning. It has said that it was the result of technical issues and did not offer any further elaboration. But Eric Scott Hunsader, an expert in Wall Street trading systems who heads market data firm...
  • Inside the brain of a trader: A biomarker for irrational exuberance

    07/07/2014 3:02:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    CNBC ^ | Monday, July 7, 2014 | Meg Tirrell
    Certain areas of the brain associated with reward and response to gut feelings have shown links to trading behavior and success, according to research published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study shows that activity in one area of the brain actually tracks price bubbles—and that higher earners get signals from a different area that are associated with selling before a price bubble peaks.
  • Barclays Latest To Exit Commodity Trading, Layoff Several Thousand Staff

    04/20/2014 4:28:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank having exited the commodities business (and numerous other banks discussing it ahead of the Fed and regulators' decisions over banking rules of ownership), it appears a few short months of regulatory scrutiny is enough to warrant more broad-based cuts across bulge-bracket banks historically most manipulated and profitable business units. As The FT reports, Barclays, one of the world’s biggest commodities traders, is planning to exit large parts of its metals, agricultural and energy business in a move expected to be announced this week. This comes on the heels of Barclays shuttering its power-trading operations...
  • High-Frequency Trading: We Need More Data -- It is not clear how we should regulate it

    04/07/2014 6:58:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/07/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Government shouldn’t rush to judgment on Wall Street’s high-speed traders. Granted, this whole business probably looks dodgy to Main Street’s 401(k) owners and stock pickers. Financial brainiacs are employing sophisticated computer programs called algorithmic robots to quickly scan financial data streams for subtle stock-market patterns. Trading, and lots of it, happens in a flash. The algobots see what big institutional investors are doing while they’re doing it. Every millisecond counts, which is why traders pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year to rent space for their computers in stock-exchange data centers. Half of daily U.S. trading volume is now...
  • CEOs Of Stock Exchanges Brawl On CNBC Over High Freq. Trading As NYSE Floor Traders Go Crazy

    04/01/2014 1:52:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/01/2014 | Julia La Roche
    Two CEOs of exchanges got in a nasty brawl on CNBC's "Power Lunch" over high-frequency trading.  William "Bill" O'Brien, the CEO of BATS, slammed Brad Katsuyama, the CEO and president of IEX, and author Michael Lewis.Katsuyama is the hero in Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys." His firm, IEX, is an alternative exchange. "I've been shaking my head a lot quite frankly the last 36 hours ... Michael and Brad, shame on both of you," he said, adding that they've possibly scared "millions of investors in an effort to promote a business model."CNBC correspondent Bob Pisani asked Katsuyama if he thought the...
  • Margin Debt Hits All-Time High

    02/02/2014 12:46:29 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    In the month of December margin debt on the NYSE surged by over $20 Billion dollars hitting a new all-time high of $444.931 billion. The rise in leverage also sent investors net worth to a negative $149.358 billion which is also a record. This is shown in the chart below.
  • Who knows about trading penny stocks? A plea for help.

    01/12/2014 2:03:05 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 60 replies
    1/12/14 | Righttackle44
    Folks, I am a poor boy who would like to be helped and educated by someone who knows what they're doing--what they're talking about. I have been reading some, but there are a lot of basic things I don't yet understand. How much money would I need to start the whole shebang? Can you use online stock sites to purchase shares, or do you have to go through a broker? You get the picture. My friend said that me thinking about penny stock trading is like trusting Lou Costello or Jerry Lewis to assemble an H-bomb. I'm looking for advice,...
  • Jeff Flake hints: I’ll support expanded background checks in return for changes on Internet sales

    05/07/2013 11:05:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 7, 2013 | Allahpundit
    A week ago, he noted on his Facebook page that his poll numbers after voting no on Toomey/Manchin put him somewhere south of “pond scum.” Today, this. He won’t face the voters again for five and a half years, but he shares a home state with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. They can hurt him by campaigning against him in 2018 more than they can anyone else in the Senate. No wonder he’s looking for ways to flip: Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN he is willing to reverse his opposition to expanding background checks for guns if the Senate...
  • Daily investment & finance thread (5-1-13 edition)

    05/01/2013 4:58:32 AM PDT · by dennisw · 11 replies
    5-1-13
    Daily investment & finance thread (5-1-13 edition) ----  Freepers lets make some cash Trying to focus on the markets for today and each day and the economic news This is where you can impart some investment wisdom to your fellow freepers.  You can comlain about the big one that got away.  How Obama is out to wreck American capitalism.If you see another FR economic thread you like and want to link to it here, please do Post your favorite economic site links. Your favorite economic blogs and precious metals blogs and sitesApmex.com is a solid place with good reputation to...
  • intrade.com ceases trading activity

    03/10/2013 3:49:28 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 25 replies
    Intrade ^ | 03/10/2012 | The Board of Directors of Intrade the Prediction Market Limited
    With sincere regret we must inform you that due to circumstances recently discovered we must immediately cease trading activity on www.intrade.com.
  • Apple's Flash Dump In The Last Second Of Trading Caught On Tape

    01/25/2013 3:50:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1/25/13 | Tyler Durden
    Sure, the retail "investors" are coming back into the "markets"... They are coming back in shifts. And just so they know what to expect, here is what happened to Apple stock in the last second of regular trading today, courtesy of Nanex. Unlike traditional flash crashes where the trade is an HFT error, or a few shares traded through the entire bid or offer stack, in this case it looks like a very premeditated unloading of some 800K shares (some $350 million worth) of AAPL in the last second, with the full knowledge it was shake the market. Why anyone...
  • ART CASHIN: Veteran Traders Have Noticed A Peculiar Pattern During The Final Hours Of Trading

    01/07/2013 11:59:18 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-7-2013 | Sam Ro
    ART CASHIN: Veteran Traders Have Noticed A Peculiar Pattern During The Final Hours Of Trading Sam RoJan. 7, 2013, 11:11 AM Stocks have started 2013 on a positive note, closing at a five-year high on Friday. So, are people feeling bullish? Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services Director of Floor Operations, is a tad skeptical. He points to some imbalances during end-of-day trading in this morning's "Cashin's Comments": Some On-Close Support For the “New Money” Thesis – As we have noted repeatedly during this New Year’s rally, several of us old fogeys believe most of the fuel for the move...