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  • Intraday Market Notes -- August 17 0 comments
    Aug 17, 2012 1:39 PM | about stocks: GPS, KORS, TJX, CHS, ANN, FRAN, FL, GRPN, FB, ANGI

    1:30 pm ET: After a healthy rise yesterday, the major averages are taking a well-deserved day off. The VWAPS are sluggish reflecting the light trading volume. The only activity worth noting is the precipitous fall in the VIX which is now at a four year low! However, don't assume that this is a bearish sign because the VIX is not only capable of going a lot lower (10 has been a source of major support) but it can also stay low for quite some time.

    Today's Winners: Investors buying into retail
    Retailers are getting a lift today from Ann Taylor's (NYSE:ANN) stellar earnings report. Not only are shares of ANN breaking to a new high but so are its fellow retailers: Gap (NYSE:GPS), TJ Max (NYSE:TJX), Chico's (NYSE:CHS), Francesca's (NASDAQ:FRAN), Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS), Foot Locker (NYSE:FL).

    Today's Losers: Internet stocks turning into Inter-Nots
    Several recent e-business IPOs have done an about face on their shareholders. Making brand new lows today (and all looking like they have a lot more room to fall) are Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Angie's List (NASDAQ:ANGI), Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN). It should be noted that Groupon was added as a short to our Stock of the Day list back on April 2nd. Then, the stock was trading at $15.28; today it's at $4.57. Had you shorted the stock back in early April, you'd be up 70% on your investment--a much better return than any Groupon coupon!

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