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Readers Respond - Oooops

by 5/3/2005 5:21 PM
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I am back from my meeting and immediately saw an email from Chris who says - "Did you catch what just happened? Within the last 5 minutes of trading, CNBC flashes a "News Alert" to say that the Fed mistakenly omitted a sentence from the statement. The Dow was down 40 or so, and popped to finish the day +5. The sentence Al forgot: "Longer-term inflation expectations remain well contained" Pretty big ooops! I won't go so far as to suggest Al maybe threw that one out when he did for a reason. I'm sure it was an honest oversight. "

My response - I am trying to catch up on what happened but it appears the headlines confirm that the Fed did have a small "ooops" in terms of their thoughts on inflation. And as the intraday chart below shows, the SPX did pop just before the close...

Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX


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I Will Be Back

by 5/3/2005 4:00 PM
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I stepped away from the action to catch my colleague Todd Salamone do battle as the bear on his regular CNBC "bull-bear" debate....And now I need to step away for a quick meeting...I'll recap today's action when I return...


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The Whipsaw Continues

by 5/3/2005 3:18 PM
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The whipsaw action continues as we head into the final 45 minutes of the session...

Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX

The SPX reversed from its session highs and tagged a new intraday low. However, if you scan over today's percentage returns you can see we are still sitting more or less flat...

Index Index Value Point Change Percent Change
S&P 500 (SPX) 1157.6 -4.6 points -0.39 percent
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) 10220.7 -31 points -0.3 percent
Nasdaq Composite (COMP) 1928.6 -0.1 points -0.01 percent
Russell 2000 (RUT) 582.9 -2.9 points -0.50 percent
CBOE Market Volatility Index (VXO) 14.90 0.46 points 3.2 percent

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Sharlee says - "This is what I consider to be one of Bernie's 'unexplained coincidences' .i.e. The way the market reacts immediately after the FOMC announcement is immediately reversed almost 100% of the time. 'Surely one would not think that the floor traders see lower prices ahead, run the overhead stops in order to get higher entry points and then short into the rally?!' Nah, they wouldn't do that to us!"

My response - The action does tend to move in curious ways....

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A series of NYSE net ticks spikes have since hit the market and allowed the major indices to bounce from the lows of the session and push to intraday highs. Here are today's top and bottom performing Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)...

Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • Biotech HOLDRS (BBH) = +2.02 percent
  • iShares GS Software Index (IGV) = +1.44 percent
  • iShares DJ US Basic Materials (IYM) = +1.10 percent
  • iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) = +1.02 percent
  • Internet HOLDRS (HHH) = +0.96 percent
  • Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) = +0.92 percent
  • Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) = +0.90 percent
  • iShares GS Technology Indx (IGM) = +0.87 percent

Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) = -0.27 percent
  • iShares DJ US Utilities (IDU) = -0.33 percent
  • streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) = -0.42 percent
  • Utilities HOLDRS (UTH) = -0.52 percent
  • iShares GS Natural Resource (IGE) = -0.98 percent
  • iShares DJ US Energy (IYE) = -1.35 percent
  • Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) = -1.55 percent
  • Oil Service HOLDRS (OIH) = -1.77 percent

Biotech, software, basic materials and technology make up the top performing list while oil, energy and natural resource related stocks continue to lag the action.

Note: If you are not familiar with ETFs, make sure you read the Education and FAQ sections in our ETF center.

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