day trader open interest extremely low

Discussion in 'Trading' started by silk, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. silk


    When NYSE went down today at 3:50 I would have expected there to be a lot of volume shifted over to ECN's from day traders wanting to get out of their positions.

    But this was not the case. I didn't see much additional ECN activity at all. And was stuck in lots of positions.

    So conclusion is that in any 10 minute period there is very little day trader open interest (traders who have a trade open).

    I noticed on my screens that day trader open interest dropped off big time about 2 1/2 years ago. I think before all the program trading there was day trader open interst created by institutions and trade desks looking to work larger orders. But now they just route these orders via program trading in 300 share lots which is all automated. Just a theory.
  2. WinSum


    Maybe they weren't stuck with any unwanted open orders. NYSE was still honoring open MOC orders, so there's no need to shift to ECN to exit trades.
  3. well that's because the numbskulls down on the floor said the markets would reopen for final prints. all of this reminded me of the old worldco platform.