Off the Charts

The market opened sharply lower this morning, with the media attributing it to fears that the government shutdown could drag out more than just a few days. However, after weakness in the first hour of the session stock rallied most of the day to pare the majority of those overnight losses. The end results were marginal losses of 0.07% and 0.08% for the S&P and Nasdaq, respectively, while the Dow fell 0.39%.

We are currently in the midst of a textbook choppy, headline-driven tape. After bleeding lower in quiet action for more than a week leading up to the government shutdown, stocks have been extremely choppy since the shutdown went into effect on Monday. Traders are now caught in two minds -- cautious because of the gap down and ongoing bickering on Washington, but with a slightly bullish short-term bias because of the market's resilience in today's session....645 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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