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Halftime Report: Will Olympic Win Immediately Boost Brazil Stocks?

BREAKING NEWS: RIO DE JANEIRO WINS OLYMPIC BID

Around lunchtime word broke that Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics putting the games in South America for the first time.

Rio beat finalist Madrid in the last round of voting.

The decision culminates Brazil's remarkable rise over the past decade from a weak nation to an economic and diplomatic heavyweight.

Just as the Beijing Olympics of 2008 marked China's revival as a world power, Rio 2016 may be seen as a stamp of approval on the South American giant's coming of age.

Is there a trade here?

It’s great that Rio de Janeiro won the Olympics -- it’s a plus, but it’s a short term plus, muses Bill Strazzullo of Bell Curve. However in the short-term I wouldn’t be surprised to see the EWZ move higher.

Right now, I’d only treat the Olympics as a short term blip, counsels Steve Grasso.

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MARKETS FIGHT HIGHER

Around lunchtime stocks were attempting to fight their way off the lows after the latest jobs report left investors worried about the strength of the recovery.

A Labor Department report showed that employers cut 263,000 jobs in September, far more than the 180,000 job losses that had been expected.

The data also showed the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, up from August's 9.7 percent rate.

What must you know to trade this market?

It seems like volatility is coming back into the market, muses Brian Stutland of Stutland Equities. Typically there’s a Vix spike in the second half of the year and October is historically a volatile month.

I’m seeing somewhat higher volatility in some sector ETFs but not all, muses JJ Kinanhan of TD Ameritrade. Volatility in the XLF is up but volatility in the SMH is fairly steady. That suggests to me investors are only seeking protection in the sectors they think could lead us lower.

With the market trending lower, I’m keeping an eye on 1020 as a level of support in the S&P, says Fast Money trader Steve Grasso. Personally, I think weakness will be short lived.


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