If you're an investor, chances are you're experienced some serious neck pain Thursday after conflicting headlines about a possible budget deal whipsawed the stock market to and fro.
Around 12:30p ET the New York Times reported that President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner were close to a budget deal. The euphoria on the floor was almost palpable.
Then, about 15 minutes later, CNBC learned lawmakers remained at an impasse, that the earlier report of a deal had been premature.
You can see the flurry of activity in the chart to your right in the 12 o'clock hour.
Fast trader Steve Cortes says sharply conflicting reports involving market sensitive issues such as these makes it very difficult to trade.
“Markets right now are pretty much being driven around like tumbleweeds by headlines.” he says.
And if you think the bulls will be back in business once lawmakers finally reach an agreement on the debt ceiling, think again.
Trader Steve Grasso says “Once the deal comes out, you’re going to see a pop in the market," but adds, "pops should be sold versus bought at these levels.”
In other words he thinks there are so many other headwinds in this market (China, Europe, jobs, bank regulation) that any euphoria from a debt deal will be short lived. Also, he's skeptical that a deal will address the most serious issues facing lawmakers, the future of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Sercurity. All are negative for stocks in the longer-term.
However, if you have a short -term time horizon, until a deal comes out, Grasso thinks the play is long - ahead of the euphoria.
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