Not a Pretty Week on Wall Street as Markets Consolidate

While earnings and economic data are at odds, equities are little moved

by 10/26/2012 4:38:20 PM
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After spending time on both sides of breakeven, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) notched its second straight daily gain, but suffered a considerable loss on the week. "Today's market action saw early selling but late-afternoon buying sent the indices into positive territory," said Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa, CMT. "The advance third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth number came in at plus 2.0%, versus expectations of a 1.9% rise. Elsewhere, shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) finished slightly negative, but that didn't seem to affect the technology sector too much, as it was able to close in the black."

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CLOSING SUMMARY  INDICES

CLOSING SUMMARY  NYSE AND NASDAQ

At its intraday high of 13,151.72, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI 13,107.21) was up more than 48 points, but struggled to maintain a lead throughout the session. By the close, the Dow eked out a slim victory of 3.5 points -- posting its second day in a row above the 13,100 level. Thirteen of the 30 blue chips ended with wins, as Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) topped the list with a 1.2% gain. On the contrary, the 17 laggards were paced by Bank of America Corp's (NYSE:BAC) 1.3% loss. On a weekly basis, the Dow retreated 1.8%

The S&P 500 Index (SPX 1,411.94) and Nasdaq Composite (COMP 2,987.95) parked on opposite sides of breakeven today, ending very close to where they started. The SPX stayed just atop its 80-day moving average, but gave back 1 point, or less than 0.1%. Meanwhile, COMP bounced from its 200-day trendline, inching higher by 1.8 points, or less than 0.1%. For the week, the SPX sawed off 1.5%, while the COMP fell 0.6%.

The CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX 17.81) lost 0.3 point, or 1.7%, and gave up its short-lived perch atop the 18 level, though its 200-day moving average continued to offer support. As the equities markets turned lower for the week, the VIX jumped 4.4%.

Noteworthy stats at the close:

  • The equity put/call volume ratio across all 10 options exchanges ended at 0.87, with roughly 7.44 million calls and 6.53 million puts traded.
  • The put/call volume ratio on the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXX - 36.30) checked in at 0.85, with calls outpacing puts.
  • The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) showed an advance/decline ratio of 0.70, as the number of upward movers were overshadowed by the decliners. Likewise, the advance/decline ratio on the Nasdaq stood at 0.71.

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