Wednesday’s SpyGate detected 124 bot trades on the tape which was 15 more than Tuesday. There were more sells than buys. The net result for the day was a small sell deficit of $565M. Total bot-detected trades for the day were below-average at $24B. The AM session was quiet with just 2 sell programs and 1 buy with a very small sell imbalance of $4M imbalance.
FOMC days usually are quiet in the AM with a drift up into the 14:00 announcement. Yesterday’s action saw trading in a-10 point range in the am and which drifted down into the announcement. The low of the day was spiked at the announcement and a buy program rallied the market up until just before 15:00. From there sell programs dominated into the close.
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SpyGate detects several different types of programs trades. An STT program is a simultaneous triggered trade. The detector looks for a basket of symbols trading at the same time. The price action around these detected trades helps us deduce if the program was a buy or a sell. Our detector reports the number of symbols in the trade, the number of individual trades executed, and the dollar amount of those trades.
What is SpyGate?
SpyGate is a proprietary tape reader that analyzes price action on all the exchanges and sniffs out unusual trades. The detector follows price action and accumulates adaptive knowledge using Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to recognize algorithms and program trades as they execute. The first implementation detects STT Programs ( Simultaneously Triggered Trades). These basket trades execute thousands of transactions in milliseconds. The transactions are in millions of dollars. This product is under heavy development and is currently available free for our traders in our Trade Chat trading room along with the MiM and live breaking news. You can join us by purchasing a subscription to the MiM.
What are the Intraday Trading Sessions?
To fully understand how the bots are trading, we have broken down each trading day into sessions. These sessions overlap sometimes, but they feed into our ever-increasing datasets for our AI and ML training. These sessions are defined as:
Time Of Day
09:30 => 16:00
09:31 => 15:59
ALL (Excludes the open and the close)
Open (only the opening minute)
09:31 => 12:00
AM Trading session
12:00 => 14:00
14:00 => 15:49
Final 2 hours (excludes the last ten minutes)
MOC Reveal (trading around the MOC release)
Dquotes (trading around Dquotes release)
15:50 => 15:59
Final 10 minutes (actually 9, does not include the close)