Watching the FTSE (Euronext Z) out of the corner of my eye. Thin pre-Xmas market, usually no more than a couple dozen lots bid and offers. A few times a day someone comes in, bids or offers 100 lots a couple of ticks above or below the market. Market treats it as a barrier, bully pulls order, market shoots through that threshold. Mr Bully probably does a few cancel/replaces to make sure he stays at the back of the queue and doesn't get filled. Usual shenanigans. Today over US GDP figures there were 400 lots bid 89.5, biggest size I saw this week. Evaporated the usual way, market went south as usual, too. The volume done afterwards, in the move Mr Bully thus provoked, wasn't anywhere near 400 lots. If he traded it he was picking up pennies in front of a steamroller, doing no more than five lots at a time. Who'd be silly enough to play that kind of risk/reward over a news release?