Each trading day the major exchanges have to close and set a closing price. The NYSE uses the market on close orders to do that, the Nasdaq uses a crossing mechanism. These orders need to be entered before 15:50 ET after which they cannot be cancelled. A market on close imbalance occurs a larger number of market on close orders on the buy or sell side. If a trader wants to execute a MOC past the 15:50 deadline they must enter an order opposite the imbalance. For instance, if stock A has a buy imbalance then only a sell MOC will be accepted.
For traders closing around the close, the Market Imbalance Meter (MiM) blends both the Nasdaq cross and NYSE market on close imbalance data. The MiM aggregates and produces a unique view for traders. Closing price action begins at 14:00 until the 16:00 cash close. Trades should keep the Final-2 hours in mind while trading.
June 24, 2021 Data:
The arrows show the time and price of buy and sell program trades going into the closing hours of the market on close trades. To understand more about them, read the daily SpyGate post.
Our NYSE data feed was restored, although the small imbalance reveal at 15:50 had me questioning that but with the symbol count at 777 that is how the math worked out. The tape itself was equally quiet into the close. Today should be a decent ride.
Tech led the buy-side with Microsoft (MSFT) and Nvidia (NVDA) heading the list for the buys and tech giant Dell (DELL) at the bottom along with Alibaba (BABA).
The tech sector led the buy-side but the one with the strongest lean was Energy with over 71% of the 35 symbols having buy imbalances.
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Don’t trade the market cash Open and Close without some type of insight. At least understand what is mechanically happening at 8:00 to 9:30 am ET and 14:00 to 16:15. These are very volatile trading windows. See you in the room.