Here They Come: Stock Spike As Second Biggest Buy Order In History Hits

Friday, December 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 12/28/2018

“Will they, or won’t they” – that’s the question on every trader’s mind.

In the last two days, massive buy orders driven by pension reallocation trades sent stocks soaring (something even Bloomberg now admits was the catalyst for the surge) in late day trading, and with less than 2 hours left to go in today’s session, all traders wanted to know is whether pensions funds would make it a three-peat.

And while we don’t know if it is indeed pensions, or someone merely frontrunning today’s forced buying – or perhaps just pretending to be them – at precisely 2:05pm, the NYSE TICK – an indicator showing relative strength of buy and sell orders – just hit 1,735, the second highest reading on record, as an absolutely gargnatuan buy order hit…

While this was a little early considering yesterday the pension bid emerged at precisely 2:30pm, perhaps pension fund managers decided to be “less predictable” today and start the buying earlier. Alternatively, it may be a trader posing as a “pension”, hoping to spark upward momentum into which to dump positions.

In any case, keep a close eye on the TICK – if this is a fake breakout, we may see some truly historic downward TICK prints over the next 90 minutes.

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