This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Market Volatility Remains Crazy: Dave's Daily



You don't need me to tell you how difficult it's been recently to gain comfort with and maintain portfolio positions. The swings in action and mood have driven a lot of investors away. Today I updated one of our Top 10 ETF sectors--Industrials. The previous update was in early July. What stood out from this and other equity ETF sectors was the dramatic declines in AUM (Assets Under Management) for each ETF. AUM routinely had dropped over 40% and trading volume for many had increased by an equal percentage with the latter indicating selling. This is similar to equity mutual fund redemptions and debunks the notion investors are just switching to ETFs. The bottom line is all this volatility is a major turn-off.

HFTs have added to this volatility and shortly we'll be featuring an explanation of how these programs work in real time plus how their presence is affecting markets.

Wednesday's stock market about face was occasioned by the often unreliable ADP report which showed private payrolls adding 110K which beat estimates of 100K. However, the previous report was revised to 116K which means a decline which wasn't well mentioned by the financial media. Bulls also hoped the Fed might launch QE3 which isn't happening yet. But more Fed governors are clearly anxious to implement it which energized bulls. It's unfortunate that these "tools" seem "transitory" since they only pump stock prices but empirically haven't relieved joblessness or helped housing. It's not positive the Fed reduced GDP growth for 2011 to 1.6% and lowered 2012 to 2.5-2.9%. Bulls can ignore poor data as they believe QE3 is then more certain. The Fed also remained pessimistic regarding unemployment stating it should remain at these levels, and improving only slightly in 2012.

Market leaders Wednesday included financials (XLF) which were battered by euro zone news leading to a short squeeze absent further news.

Meanwhile, across the pond, EU leaders are plenty pissed with Papandreou's ill-timed referendum gambit. Let's remember, he's a socialist which helps explain much of this thinking and Greece's overall policies. EU leaders are trying to fence-in Greece telling them they have no choice but to accept "the plan" period. If Greece seeks to go their own way they'll get their wish putting them back on the drachma.

Gold advanced while the dollar fell slightly. Bonds were slightly weaker while oil advanced on bullish forecasts and other commodities were mixed.

Volume was below yesterday's sell-a-thon and breadth per the WSJ reversed to positive.

You can follow our pithy comments on twitter and join the conversation with me on facebook.

Continue to U.S. Sector, Stocks & Bond ETFs

1 of 5

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,915.07 -70.54 -0.42%
S&P 500 1,964.68 -8.15 -0.41%
NASDAQ 4,396.2040 -22.83 -0.52%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto
Advertising Partners

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs