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  • Was Yesterday's Market Action In Coke The Real Thing? 2 comments
    Jul 20, 2012 3:10 PM | about stocks: KO

    Yesterday (July 19), CNBC reporter Bob Pisani noted interesting (in the suspicious sense) sawtooth patterns in a few stocks. One of them was Coke (NYSE:KO).

    Looking at yesterday's intraday chart of the stock, you can definitely see buying pressure on the hour followed by a large runup until the half hour where selling pressure forces the stock in the reverse direction.

    Coincidence? That's a tough possibility to swallow, although the action is not being repeated today. Perhaps a quant testing out a new algorithm..?

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    Themes: unusual chart activity Stocks: KO
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  • Bob de'Long
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    The thing that makes it seem strange is the size of Coke, 2.25B shares with a MktCap of $173 billion. In one of my E&Ps with a $1B - $6B MktCap, it might be one of two major players.


    Still with 3000 stocks over 180 days per year we’d have 540,000 patterns per year -- lots of chance for strange looking patterns.


    Even the new algorithm thesis would require lots of cash.
    20 Jul 2012, 08:12 PM Reply Like
  • Dr. Kris
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    Author’s reply » Bob,


    Yes, I'm thinking the same thing...but to have three major stocks (IBM, MCD, KO) exhibit the same behavior over the course of one day is like placing a 100000-1 bet that Unrigged Markets will win in the 5th.


    From a Bloomberg article today:
    "We believe that the price pattern of KO, IBM, MCD and AAPL yesterday was caused by hedging of options by a computer algorithm,” and “It was likely an experiment in automatically hedging large option positions with a time- weighted algorithm that has gone wrong for the hedger.”


    That, or SkyNet is becoming operational.


    Dr. K
    21 Jul 2012, 04:11 AM Reply Like
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