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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Manipulators are so brazen they do whatever the hell they want whenever they want to show who is boss.

When Eric and I mused about gold having made a bottom at $1630 they sure showed us the next day at $1620.

Traders Walk Out of CME Eurodollar Pit to Protest Trade
By Matthew Leising – Apr 13, 2012 4:01 PM ET

Local traders in the CME Group Inc. (CME)’s Eurodollar options pit walked off the job today to protest a block trade yesterday.

“These guys that stand in there all day and make prices would have loved to participate in that particular price, but they weren’t able to,” Rocco Chierici, a broker at R.J. O’Brien & Associates on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, said in a telephone interview.

Traders in the Eurodollar pit on the CME Group trading floor in Chicago. Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Prices for the block trades of options on Eurodollar futures were higher than offers in the pit, which wouldn’t be allowed in open-outcry trading, Chierici said. Local traders buy and sell for their own account and in the process help add liquidity to a market. Block trades are privately negotiated transactions that are conducted outside the normal pit or via computer-based trading systems used by exchanges.

“There are rules that prohibit that in the pit, but you can circumvent the pit” in a block trade, Chierici said. “I believe they wanted to make the point that the system is not fair.”

Six block trades totaling 215,200 options traded at 8:11 a.m. Chicago time yesterday, according to CME Group’s website. The trade was rolling positions from April contracts, which expired today, into June contracts.


Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Here is our newest addition that is yet to be named, but is already wholeheartedly welcomed. She is a very proper little girl.