I also write software, I'm also talking from experience.
My point is, you don't know if that flag exists in the data these guys have access to. You'd assume that if it did, when they wrote the part deciding whether something was a buy or sell, they would have simply used it.
Unless we assume they looked at the handy flag that told them if something was a buy or sell and went 'Nah, I'll write an algorithm to figure it out!'
Mate, if it's that easy then I doubt they would have committed it simply based on that.
My assumption, is that the "flag" isn't made public and so they can't determine based on that. Whenever someone buys, then obviously someone has sold the same amount further down the line ... but might not match exact orders.
If I sold 500k shares, then 3 people might buy those shares coupled in 100k, 150k and 250k orders. My guess is that the order itself is probably abstracted away, and only a snapshot of the trade is made public to avoid breaking disclosure laws etc.
I believe we may well see an RNS on optimisation at 7am tomorrow, duly stating that we now stand at around 1,800bopd.
I sincerely hope that this will be followed by a clamour for shares before the weekend press coverage and a 6p plus SP Monday morning... I'm off to Portugal for half term so will miss the action but hoping for a wonderful 7p+ surprise when I return. GLA
Hi mants, I've written software for over 23 years and this is very easy to correct and code up ! The REAL buy/sell. All it is, is a flag on the transaction record when it is placed. When you place a trade, and you specify a price, you also specify whether it is a buy or a sell. You don't just leave it up to your broker to decide what you want to do with the transaction, right ?
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