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More Hawkish Fed Comments Pressure Dow Even Lower

By: Schaeffer's Investment Research
Posted: 8/6/2013 4:18:00 PM
Referenced Stocks: AEO;DIS;FB;IBM;PCLN

"Comments made by Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart sparked today's selling," said Schaeffer's Senior Technical Strategist Ryan Detrick, CMT. "Still, volume was very light, and it seemed like the bulls used the news as an excuse to sell, versus the bears pushing things lower. All in all, when volume is light like it has been recently, intraday volatility is very likely. The bigger-picture earnings season is winding down, and overall, the economy is on much better footing than most thought just a month ago." Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) suffered a near triple-digit loss for the session.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 15,518.74) stumbled right out of the gate, and touched an intraday low of 15,473.40 during the morning hours of trading. By the close, the blue-chip bellwether was down 93.4 points, or 0.6%. Ahead of tonight's turn in the earnings confessional, Walt Disney ( DIS ) led the Dow's six advancers with a gain of 1.5%, while International Business Machines' ( IBM ) 2.3% decline paced the 24 laggards.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,697.37) breached the 1,700 level early on in the session, and ended 9.8 points, or 0.6%, lower. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3,665.77) snapped its streak of achieving new intraday highs to shed 27.2 points, or 0.7%, by the closing bell.

The CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX - 12.72) hit an intraday peak of 12.93 this morning, and ended up finishing 0.9 point, or 7.4%, higher. However, the "fear barometer" remained below its 10-day moving average for a fourth consecutive day.



A Trader's Take :

"Once again, buyers stepped up later in the afternoon," commented Detrick. "Sure, we were still firmly in the red for the day, but well off the session lows. This is one constant we've seen time and time again -- the bulls come in to buy late in the day. That is exactly what you'd want to see."

3 Things to Know About Today's Market :

5 Stocks We Were Watching Today :

  1. Uptrending ( PCLN ) scored a price-target boost at Raymond James ahead of the opening bell.
  2. Near-term call volume ramped up on Citigroup (C) , despite the stock's price drop.
  3. NVIDIA (NVDA) is seeing plenty of skepticism from the Street ahead of Thursday's quarterly earnings report.
  4. Analysts at Credit Suisse slapped International Business Machines ( IBM ) with a downgrade in pre-market activity.
  5. One strategist utilized September-dated options to initiate a bull call spread on Potash Corp/Saskatchewan (POT) .


For a look at today's options movers and commodities activity, head to page 2.



Commodities :

Crude oil futures closed lower ahead of the regularly scheduled crude inventories report, as today's overall weak price action weighed on oil prices. By the time the dust settled, September-dated crude was down $1.26, or 1.2%, to finish at $105.30 per barrel.

Meanwhile, gold futures breached the $1,300 level following hawkish comments made by two Fed officials, as well as an upbeat trade gap report. The December-dated contract lopped off $19.90, or 1.5%, to end at $1,282.50 an ounce.