Dark pools may be screwing you over, lying to you or favoring your competitors, but things are eerily quiet out there, and those are just the costs of doing business if you don’t want to make waves.

The share of U.S. stock trades executed on dark pools and other off-exchange trading venues rose to 38.6% in April, the highest level in more than a year, according to research firm Tabb Group, and up from 34.7% in December….

“If markets are calmer, traders can take more time searching in the dark” for buyers or sellers, said Bryan Harkins, executive vice president at exchange operator Cboe Global Markets Inc. “There’s less urgency to get the trade done.”

‘Dark Pools’ Draw More Trading Amid Low Volatility [WSJ]

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