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Confused Markets: Dave's Daily

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NEW YORK ( ETF Digest) -- On second thought, some leading tech names saw heavy profit-taking on Wednesday. IBM and Intel (INTC) saw their shares fall as earnings reports disappointed either on revenue or guidance. Apple (AAPL) still an outsized weighting in tech sector ETFs (QQQ) & (XLK) kept losses from being too great as the shares only sold-off slightly.

Why the sell-off Wednesday? You might think the eurozone (again) and you'd be partially right as more bad news dumped rain on the bulls' parade. And that rain was from the plain in Spain? It seems there is more bad Spanish loans and the costs for propping up banks there is soaring. The Argentine takeover of Rapsol's YPF is still reverberating throughout markets there as well. All the news from across the pond wasn't limited to Spain as the Bank of England has decided there will be no more QE in the UK for now. Bulls don't like anything like that certainly.

A little covered story is that the wireless telephone market (IYZ) may now be starting to shrink as sales of wireless contracts, the most lucrative segment of the business may have shrunk for the first time ever according to this report from Bloomberg. So, perhaps we'll now see the effects of saturation and some folks wanting a new iGadget may be loathe to sign up for a new contract.

The dollar (UUP) was higher on the day given some eurozone weakness and gold (GLD) prices dropped in tandem with a stronger dollar. Oil (USO) prices fell most likely combined with a higher dollar and softer European demand. As stocks fell modestly bond (TLT & IEF) rose.

Volume was ultra-light and breadth per the WSJ was negative.

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