Nanex ~ 18-Jul-2013 ~ The Nikkei Swoon
On July 18, 2013 between 21:16 and 21:29 EDT, the Nikkei Futures contract dropped about
3% (14840 to 14405). The drop was slow, relatively speaking: it did not trip any of
our market monitors that look for unusual market activity. The only thing
of interest were two periods of significantly reduced liquidity (21:22:10 - 21:24:10)
and (21:28:20 - 21:29:30).
1. September 2013 Yen Denominated Nikkei 225 (NIY) Futures Depth of Book. Each pixel is 1 second.
Note the two sections of significantly reduced liquidity. Fortunately, no large market
sell orders came during these periods.