Markets sold off once more in Thursday trading thanks to more
speculation on Greece's future in the euro zone, while a weak
Philly Fed didn't help matters back in the U.S. either. Thanks to
this, the S&P 500 slumped by about 1.5% to finish at a four
month low while the Dow fell by 1.2% and the Nasdaq slipped 2.1% on
Losses were pretty widespread throughout the market with most
securities in the banking and tech segments slipping, led by a 4.3%
loss in JPM and a 2.9% loss in Apple. Some similar moves lower were
seen in the basic materials and consumer segments, while on the
upside, only WMT and the telecom space showed any noticeable gains
for the session.
Thanks to this continued weakness, the U.S. dollar continued to
gain against the major currencies of the world and especially those
in Europe as the euro/dollar rate fell below the 1.27 mark.
Meanwhile, in Treasury bond trading, the ten year saw yields fall
to just 1.70%, within striking distance of the 52 week low for the
Despite this flight to quality, commodities held up pretty well
in Thursday trading. Investors did some weakness in oil products,
however, while most softs and precious metals helped to balance
this out. This was especially true in gold and silver as the two
key precious metals rose by at least 2.4% for the session.
In the ETF trading world, many of the industry's most popular
products saw volume that was above average across the equity, fixed
income, and commodity spaces. Of these segments, special interest
was seen in the junk bond, U.S. sector, and short-leveraged ETFs
which saw the bulk of the outsized trading volume on the day.
In particular, trading was especially robust in the mid cap ETF
space as many products in this segment experienced huge trading
Mid Cap ETF Investing 101
). While a number of these ETFs saw volume that was at least double
the average, it was especially huge in the
SPDR DJ Wilshire Mid Cap ETF (
This product usually sees about 5,600 shares change hands on a
normal day but saw nearly 44,000 shares move hands in Thursday's
session. The vast majority of this trading came in the tail end of
the session as the product didn't even trade during a large portion
of the day. Nevertheless, it was a very volatile, and negative, day
for the space as EMM lost about 3.2% in the session.
Another ETF that saw a huge spike in volume in Thursday trading
SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (
. This financial ETF usually sees trading that just breaks over the
105,000 share mark but experienced a spike to 611,000 shares during
Thursday trading (read
Insurance ETFs: No Rebound in 2012?
Trading was pretty well spread out throughout the day although
there were some decent sized blocks that changed hands around noon
and a few more in the final hours of the day. Nevertheless, most of
the volume was decidedly bearish as the product slid by about 1.8%,
although this was a little less than many of the more banking
focused products during today's tumultuous session.
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