Today’s Sell-Off: Don’t Worry...Yet
CNBC "On-Air Stocks" Editor
You can divide this day into four simple parts:
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2) 9:30 a.m. ET: The U.S. open — stocks open weak, with particular weakness in sectors believed to be affected by Obama: coal, defense, energy, banks, dividend-sensitive; and the S&P 500 index drops another 10 points.
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4) 11:30 a.m. ET: The European close, U.S. stocks bottom — a surge of selling in the U.S. exactly at the European close strongly suggests that much of the selling pressure in the U.S. was coming from European fund managers.
Why I am not worried, yet:
1) this was a very orderly sell-off. At no point was there any panic, and while volume was on the heavy side it was not what I would call a volatile day. We did not have 10-point sudden jerks up and down in the S&P 500, for example.
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2) one reason it's been so orderly: people are still underinvested, so many are not rushing in to buy protection.
The Volatility Index (VIX) remains muted: it did move up to 18.8 from 17.5 the day before, but if there was real panic it would have popped well over 20; the VIX futures going out into early 2013 did not change dramatically, nor did the curve steepen appreciably.
—By CNBC's Bob Pisani
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