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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bears Claw Into Knight Capital After Bizarro Trades

Bears Claw Into Knight Capital After Bizarro Trades

Options activity on Knight Capital Group spiked this morning after the brokerage firm and market maker was linked to unusual trades at the open on NYSE that sparked extreme price volatility in some stocks and triggered circuit breakers that halted trading in several others.
Investor concern over the firm’s ties to the trades was quickly reflected in the price of Knight’s shares, which fell more than 25% to $7.60 in the first half of the session. Options volume is currently more than three times the size of overall open interest of 10,969 contracts on the stock, with most of the action in puts as evidenced by the put-to-call ratio of 4.5.

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