You know the specialists are really scrambling when they do something like this: [Q] The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a New York Stock Exchange proposal to change the way odd-lot orders are priced and executed systemically. Before the change, oddâlot orders did not enter the NYSEâs auction market were executed systemically, wit the specialist being assigned as the contra-party in all cases. Now, odd-lot orders will be priced and executive at the price of subsequent round-lot transactions, in a proportion to round-lot volumes. www.sec.gov/rules/sro/nyse/34-49745.pdf [\Q] http://www.compliancereporter.com/default.asp?page=1&SID=409888&ISS=9929 It negatively affects the smallest of investors who don't have a leg to stand on. Notice to mothers: If you're taking your baby on a stroll by the NYSE, make sure that they hold on to their candy tight! Sorry, it just seemed really petty to me.