Last month, the NYSE successfully migrated the NYSE Equities platform to NYSE Pillar technology. Thanks to a substantial effort from the entire NYSE trading community, the migration went off without a hitch and Pillar, a fully integrated, high throughput, low latency, deterministic, and highly redundant trading system, is now the backbone of one of the most important financial institutions in the world.
Pillar's anticipated benefits are already being realized. In particular, the new "Native Gateway" order entry protocols offer dramatic improvements for members and their clients:
Pillar offers clients significant performance improvements at no additional cost.
To take advantage of Pillar's performance, visit www.nyse.com/pillar for specifications, differences documentation, and assistance in testing and registration. If you do not connect directly to the NYSE, contact your broker to ensure they are utilizing the Pillar Native Gateway technology.
If you would like to learn more about Pillar, listen to our podcast Inside the ICE House, where the technologists that designed Pillar discuss the history of the system and the effort involved in the migration.
After-hours trading has been a larger piece of the total trading volume since the onset of the pandemic, with retail presence growing stronger and earnings announcements becoming less of a factor. In this post, we examine the impact of these shifting dynamics on after-hours price discovery and order behavior.
The surge in market volatility and trading volumes since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 has impacted numerous aspects of equity market trading. One less-studied area has been after-hours trading. After-hours has also seen changes in order flow trends and influences, and here we examine trends and shifts occurring in these sessions.
At the end of January, stock market news was everywhere from mainstream outlets to Saturday Night Live, as social media seemed to drive unprecedented trading interest in a few stocks. AMC Entertainment (AMC), BlackBerry (BB), GameStop (GME), and Nokia (NOK) received the most attention and saw their combined options ADV increase from 68K contracts in Q4 2020 to over 426K contracts in Q1 2021 − a 523% increase. Overall multi-list options ADV increased 31.3% in that same time frame.