InsiderFinance identifies dark pool prints and displays them in the dashboard in the dynamic side bar with intelligent tracking and highlighting. What do we track?

Late Buys and Sells (Orders with Delayed Reporting)

InsiderFinance highlights dark pool prints that are reported late. Institutional investors execute trades on European dark pools as a loophole to avoid reporting trades until hours later or even the next trading day. Due to the nature of how dark pool orders are filled and reported, a trade may be delayed up to 24 hours before being made public. These are the trades that institutional investors make an extra effort to hide. 

Identifying Late Buys and Sells

How do we identify them? The spot price on these trades is outside the price range for the day -  it is higher than the current day’s high price or lower than the current day’s low price, so we know these trades couldn’t have been traded during the current trading session. If you see multiple late buys or late sells on the same ticker, this could indicate the beginning of a trend.

  • Dark pool prints traded below the open of the current trade day are highlighted in green and imply bullish sentiment. This means an institution bought the stock before it increased in price the following day.
  • Dark pool prints traded above the open of the current trade day are highlighted in red and imply bearish sentiment. This means an institution bought the stock before it decreased in price the following day.

InsiderFinance also identifies late buys and sells on ETFs for major indexes like SPY, QQQ, IWM, or DIA, sometimes referred to as signature prints.

Counting Late Buys and Sells

InsiderFinance also counts these late orders so it’s easy to identify when multiple are coming in for the same ticker. 

  • ETFs
  • 20+ delayed orders on an ETF ticker like SPY, QQQ, IWM, or DIA is considered high activity.
  • Equities: 
  • 2-3 delayed orders on a non-ETF ticker can be worth investigating.

When you start to see multiple late orders come in (per the above criteria), pay close attention to any trends/reversals that may be occurring as the trend/reversal has the highest probability of being validated after a day of high activity.

Insight for Major Indexes (SPY, QQQ, IWM, and DIA)

Bullish or Bearish Sentiment on SPY, QQQ, IWM, and DIA

InsiderFinance provides added context for whether late trades on major indexes (SPY, QQQ, IWM, and DIA) were made with bullish sentiment or bearish sentiment. We do this by showing red or green dots next to major index trades to identify whether the current spot price when the trade was reported is above or below where the index is currently trading for the day.

  • Dark pool prints traded above the current price are green and imply bullish sentiment.
  • Dark pool prints traded below the current price are red and imply bearish sentiment.

Interpreting Potential Trends/Reversals on SPY, QQQ, IWM, and DIA

Late buys and sells on major index ETFs can be used to spot potential tops and bottoms in the market; this is where they become very powerful and helpful. InsiderFinance makes it easy to identify whether a trend is continuing or a potential reversal could be starting.

  • Late buys with green dots  → bull trend
  • Late buy with red dots → possible bear reversal
  • Late sells with red dots  → bear trend
  • Late sells with green dots → possible bull reversal

Unusually High Volume Orders

Dark pool prints where the block size is at or above 30% of the stock’s daily average volume can be particularly interesting and significant. InsiderFinance makes these trades easy to spot with a gold box around the order size.

Large Premium Orders

Dark pool prints where the notional value is above $50 Million are also worth watching. InsiderFinance makes these trades easy to spot with blue text on the notional amount.

Are Orders Buys or Sells?

Unlike options orders where a market maker can easily create a trade out of nothing by simply “writing” it, equity shares cannot be created. Why is this important? The bid and offer are significant on options orders because they give a clear indication of whether the order was a buy or sell. 

However, because equity shares cannot be created, every transaction has a buyer and a seller. And due to the nature of how orders are filled in dark pools, the order side (bid, mid, or ask) can actually be misleading. 

That means the order side isn’t important for dark pool trades. Instead, what’s important is the price action following a large trade.

Paying attention to the spot price of the order is the best way to tell if an order was executed with a bullish intent or a bearish intent. 

  • Trade executed with a spot price below the nearish resistance level then breaks above it is a bullish signal.
  • Trade executed with spot price above nearest support level then breaks below it is a bearish signal

Lit Pool Prints

InsiderFinance also tracks “lit” pool prints, or large equity blocks traded through public exchanges, and displays them on the Ticker Research page.

Final Advice

Dark pool prints and large equity blocks are only one piece of data and should be used in conjunction with options order flow and technical analysis to support trade decisions. 

For equities, look for tickers that don’t hit the tape as often or where multiple late buys and sells are identified. 

For ETFs, pay attention to high activity days (20+), understand bullish or bearish sentiment, and look for trend validations or possible reversals.

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