Well, I guess my theory that fund managers may make a dash for the exit appears to be taking shape, as the markets are selling off hard as we approach mid-afternoon. Let's take a look at where the action is.


Earnings Winners


H&R Block

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Apollo Group


are up nicely on their results.


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: Stem-cell play signs a deal with GE Healthcare.

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Research in Motion



Electronic Arts


are seeing some green, stemming positive Wall Street analyst actions this morning.


Commodity Plays

: On the back of a

Schnitzer Steel

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earnings miss this morning, we are seeing other commodity plays like

BHP Billiton

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Freeport McMoRan

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U.S. Steel

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: Most of the sector is in the red, even names like

Goldman Sachs

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: Key sector is pulling back as rail and trucking plays take a hit.



was also downgraded.

Gold/Gold Stocks



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is trading lower and that is dragging shares of

Agnico-Eagle Mines

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RandGold Resources

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shares nearly 3.5% lower.


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: Prices are trading near the lows of the day.


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were weaker earlier, but have almost bounced back to even for the day.

Some of the early plays I highlighted in my Morning Playbook are the tells we had been expecting. I told investors to watch

Apollo Group


as well as its competitor

Strayer Education

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for an early pop, which we got. The selling in Schnitzer was a heads up for someone looking to add some short bias to the trading portfolio.

I am not sure how much more selling we get today, but if you are heavy on long positions, you want to keep those stops in firmly.

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