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Stocks extended their losing streak for a 4th consecutive day (S&P 500: -1.5%, Dow: -1.3%, Nasdaq: -1.7%), ending at 7-week lows. A report showed that existing home sales fell a whopping 27.2% in July to an annual pace of 3.83 million, the lowest in 15 years. Year-over-year sales of existing homes are down 25.5% below the annualized 5.14 million unit level in July 2009. Total inventory increased to a 12.5 month supply, up from an 8.9 month supply the prior month. On the other hand, some housing stocks got a boost after several brokerages suggested now could be an ideal time to get into the sector. Still to come on the housing front this week are new homes sales and earnings from Toll Brothers on Wednesday.

Morning Markets Briefing
Market Commentary: August 25th, 2010 A snapshot of the markets through the lens of ConvergEx.

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Summary: Sitting in traffic on busy summer weekends feels a lot like trading the capital markets at the moment. The HOV lane (bonds) seems to be moving, but there are quite a few folks in Ferraris and Bentleys (the smart money?) crawling along, not sure which lane to pick. There is a growing library of academic work on traffic jams and these studies seem oddly applicable to the life of an investor at the moment. As it turns out, traffic jams pop up for reasons other than crashes. Sometimes it is just one or two vehicles that stop short, setting off a cadence of slowdowns behind them. Other times it is a group of tailgating cars that can set off a serious slowdown by stopping short and setting off a chain reaction behind them. And even after a crash is cleared, traffic can stay snarled for a while, as drivers struggle with the stop-start aftermath of a temporary tie up. Any way you cut it, equity markets – and the domestic economy - feel a lot like a clogged freeway. Only time will get the traffic moving again.

If you need any more proof that capital markets are not efficient, visit NY State Route 27 in the Hamptons between now and Labor Day weekend. You will see a slow moving parade of the some of the finest cars in the world, crawling their way to restaurants and nightclubs. The occupants of these Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis will wait for tables, service, food, and drinks before saddling up and slowly driving back to their rental houses along the same clogged one lane highway that connects all the towns of the East End from the Shinnecock Canal to Montauk.

Market Commentary – Pages 1-3, Equities/Conferences & Earnings – Page 4, Fixed Income – Page 5, Options – Page 6, Exchange-Traded Funds/Indexes – Page 7, Social Media & Internet Blogs Top Stories – Page 8

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The ironic thing about all this is that these “Masters of the Universe” (if that term still applies) don’t need to be stuck in traffic – there are free flowing back roads that cut through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Hamptons. There are horse farms, apple and peach orchards, roadside stands with fresh-off-thestalk corn roasted over coals for sale, and the last wide open vistas the area has to offer. But no, Rte 27 is the most straightforward way, and the back roads need a bit of learning before you can avoid getting lost at night on their unlit blacktop. And since most folks just go out for 10- - 15 weeks during the summer they don’t bother to learn them. So they sit still in Watermill or Bridgehampton, letting the hours pass by, occasionally chirping the otherwise dull rumble of their Italian V-12 or turbocharged German flat-6. Those are the folks you are competing with for incremental information – the people who don’t seem to want to go off the beaten track, even though the alternative path is faster and more pleasant. So despair not – there is still information advantage to be had over the V-12 set. Learn the back roads. That little rant aside, the topic of traffic generally and traffic jams specifically have been getting more attention in academic circles in recent years. That makes sense – road congestion got progressively worse in the last decade as commute times rose for workers who moved further and further away from their jobs because escalating property values pushed them away from population centers. And, as it turns out, the study of traffic has some striking similarities to how capital markets behave. Not such a stretch, when you think about it. Humans try to make time maximizing choices while driving – what lane to pick, how fast to drive, how close to get to the car in front, how many times to change lanes. Those choices can affect others driving alongside and either advance or retard the overall flow of traffic. Of course, the precondition for a traffic tie-up is, well, lots of vehicles on the road, all wanting to go in the same direction. We have that in spades in the capital markets at the moment. Correlations are at record highs across industry sectors as well as asset classes. It is such an overarching problem that it does not have one fixed reason. Low interest rates and easy money are one – these push capital out on the risk spectrum in a very uniform manner, heightening the linkage between previously less correlated assets. Then of course there are macro concerns like taxation, government policy, and a still moribund economy that impact asset classes like bonds (for the good) and stocks (for the not-so-good). So the stage is set for traffic jams. We’ll use that as a euphemism for a market drop, not the stasis that accompanies an actual wall-to-wall collection of cars on the highway. The catalyst for a traffic jam isn’t always a rubbernecking delay from an accident; it can, and often is, just a spot where everything inexplicably slows down. There is even a name – a “jamiton” – for this kind of disruption. They are caused when one, or a handful, of drivers slows down unexpectedly. This forces everyone behind this cluster to slow down, and before you know it things are flat-out stopped. As it turns out the effect is similar to the shock waves of an explosive detonation. A more full description of the effect is included here, with some color from the MIT scientists that coined the term “jamiton”: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090608151550.htm. Just like in the markets, amateurs have their points of view about what causes traffic jams/market declines. In this non-scientific description, a traffic science “layman” outlines how jams take time to resolve themselves even when the cause – an accident – has been cleared. It is a version of the same crowded lane/sudden slowdown effect outlined above: http://amasci.com/amateur/traffic/traffic1.html. The author calls the jam a “pressure wave,” created by the temporary slowdown of cars in front and the subsequent delay as the whole system just stops as a result.

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So what do you do to help avoid jams? Keep your distance from the car or truck in front of you. That gives you time to slow down deliberately, rather than mashing the brakes and causing the cars behind you to stop short and create that “pressure wave/jamiton.” An impassioned appeal from another amateur follows: http://www.skaggmo.com/newsletter3a.htm. We’ll finish off this note with a few observations about what this stocks-are-like-traffic-jams comparison means to investors and traders. The most important point is that jams – or market drops – seem to happen when everyone wants to go in the same direction (high correlations between asset classes). Jams occur once that stage is set because a relatively small number of participants do something unexpected. They can, in short, have a disproportionately large effect on the entire system. And – worse still - if a lot of people slow down at once, the system grinds to a halt. That feels a lot like what we have right now. Mutual fund outflows from domestic stock funds are effectively the retail investor putting their foot on the brakes – something they have been doing for 15 weeks straight. Combine that with plenty of distracting scenery in the form of lousy economic data and the jam gets worse. One thing all traffic jam experts seem to agree on: when the chain reaction that starts a jam really kicks in, only time will unwind it. And that seems like the most accurate comparison point to stocks.

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U.S. EQUITIES DELL declined 3.0% on media speculation the computer maker is sweetening its bid for PAR (+3.6%) after HPQ (-1.7%) bested its earlier offer. FMC lost 2.0% as HSBC downgraded it to “Neutral” from “Overweight,” while homebuilders LEN (+1.4%) and KBH (+2.5%) advanced after Citigroup highlighted that housing data will no longer be skewed by the homebuyer tax credits. Shares of solar companies (including SPWRA: -4.1% and STP: -5.6%) were down in response to the extremely weak existing home sales data. Despite reporting weaker-than-expected revenue and warning that business condition would remain under pressure, BKC added 1.7%.
Important Earnings Today (with Estimates) From… AEO: $0.12 GES: $0.69 JAS: $0.02
Source: Bloomberg

S&P Futures
One Day (High –1065.75; Low – 1044.00):

Important Conferences/Corporate Meetings Today:
Barrington Research Healthcare Conference – Chicago, IL EnerCom Incorporated Oil & Gas Conference – Denver, CO Morgan Stanley Semi and Semi Cap Equipment Investor Day

Prior Day SPX (High – 1063.20; Low – 1046.68; Close – 1051.88):

Three Day (High – 1080.25; Low – 1044.00):

Source: Thomson ONE
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FIXED INCOME Treasuries rallied Tuesday, sending 2-year note yields to another record low and those on the 10-year note under 2.5 percent for the first time since March 2009, after a report showed existing single-family home sales tumbled to the lowest since May 1995. The Treasury’s $37 billion offering of 2-year notes drew a record low yield of 0.498 percent. Coverage was 3.12 times, compared with an average of 3.19 over the past 10 auctions. Foreign interest, as measured by indirect bidders, was lighter than the recent average by about 10 percentage points.

Source: Bloomberg

Source: Bloomberg

Today’s Important Economic Indicators/Events (with Consensus):
Durable Goods Orders (8:30am EST): 2.5% New Home Sales (10:00am EST): 340K SAAR FHFA House Price Index

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U.S. EQUITY OPTIONS
SPX- After disappointing economic news (existing home sales) the market hit its low of the day down -1.8% but did pop back slightly before drifting sideways throughout the afternoon finishing down -1.45% . VIX traded up for the second consecutive day (+7.01%). We noticed buyers of ATM strikes and sellers of OTM strikes in SPX. Buyers of the 1050 puts were present as various put spreads were quoted throughout the day. For example there was a size seller of the 1070/1050 put spread. Also notable were a seller of the 1140/ 1150 calls spreads over 15,000 and buyers of the 1100 calls. ETF – Following disappointing housing numbers and selling overseas, the market was down roughly 1.5%. This selloff pushed premium levels higher as evidenced by the 7% rally in the VIX. A large part of today’s activity seemed protective in nature. In EEM we saw a buyer of 21,000 Sep 37 puts while another player sold the Dec /Sep 42 call spread 10,000 times. In XLF an investor bought 20,000 Sep 12 puts and sold 7,500 Sep 14 puts. A separate player in XLF bought the Oct 13/12 put spread 10,000 times. In SLV we saw a buyer of roughly 50,000 SLV Oct 15 puts. In XHB the Jan 16 calls were sold 10,000 times, and in similar activity we saw a seller of 10,000 EWJ Dec 10 calls.
Rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 5 1 6 1 7 1 8 1 9 20 21 22 23 24 25

8/18/2010
Q NOVL ARG CRM AMAT KR FRX SJM INTU MO CTL NRG HSY RDC CPB FDO KO HRB NSM LUV STZ NTRS APOL NU LO AAPL JDSU DVN DE LMT GME SHLD ADI

CURRENT IMPLIED VOLATILITY / CURRENT HISTORICAL VOLATILITY 8/19/2010 8/20/2010 8/23/2010 8/24/2010 30-Day Implied Vol
Q ARG NOVL CRM SJM WIN INTU MO AMAT FRX KR MRK FDO CPB HRB RDC DELL L KO HSY LQ CTL PX NSM SBUX LO NU APOL NTRS STZ LUV NRG Q ARG NOVL HSY NRG FDO KR WIN HRB MO AMAT FTR CPB SAI FRX NTRS LM RDC MRK WMB APOL CTL SBUX STZ LO NSM PX LQ KO L DELL INTU SJM CRM Q SCG ARG MKC NOVL FDO AMAT SBUX AAPL WIN FRX PLL KR MO LM WHR NRG HRB L AMZN NTRS PX MOLX LMT CPB LO STZ CTL APOL WMB MRK RDC SAI FTR HSY Q ARG NOVL FDO CTL AAPL SBUX MO WIN FRX STZ AMAT KR PX PLL NSM LM WHR NKE MRK VLO LMT PM DIS LUV CPB MOLX NTRS AMZN L HRB NRG MKC SCG 32.80 18.95 47.53 29.21 14.56 32.04 32.80 16.22 21.95 30.87 26.59 34.36 27.76 23.93 36.23 35.46 39.61 45.71 25.93 24.92 37.41 21.86 20.80 29.75 34.00

BIGGEST MOVERS
Top 10 AEE NU EXPD CNP CTL LNC TEG MRK MSFT RHI 27.52% 22.04% 21.83% 21.70% 20.23% 18.77% 17.58% 16.86% 14.43% 14.27% 30-Day Implied Vol 26.53 19.13 32.15 22.49 14.56 47.94 24.51 24.92 26.10 39.19 Bottom SCG MKC MDT BIG MDP LSI PTV AYE GENZ NRG 10 -64.99% -49.02% -30.70% -14.23% -7.98% -6.34% -5.90% -3.98% -3.71% -3.64% 30-Day Implied Vol 18.50 17.72 33.43 35.59 38.83 41.14 10.40 21.55 36.74 31.38

We ranked the S&P 500 companies from the highest to lowest 30 day implied to historical volatility ratio. Above we identify the 10 most positive and negative movers. The table to the left represents the 25 highest 30 day implied to historical volatility ratios within the S&P 500 companies. The green represents names new to the list while the red represents names that have fallen out.

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Exchange-Traded Funds/Indexes
Prior Day Peformance of Largest ETFs by Assets
Name (Net Assets*) Ticker Category Daily Return Sector Ticker 1-Day Perf

S&P 500 Sector ETFs
YTD Perf Sector Ticker 1-Day Perf YTD Perf

SPDRs SPDR Gold Shares iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index iShares MSCI EAFE Index iShares S&P 500 Index
Name

SPY GLD EEM EFA IVV

Large Blend N/A Diversified Emerging Mkts Foreign Large Blend Large Blend

-1.49% 0.48% -1.28% -1.37% -1.44%
Shares Traded

Energy Health Industrials Utilities Consumer Staples
Currency

XLE XLV XLI XLU XLP

-1.53% -2.15% -2.05% 0.17% -0.49%

-9.82% -9.27% 1.69% -0.96% 0.72%
YTD Perf

Telecomm Technology Consumer Discretionary Financials Materials
Currency

IYZ XLK XLY XLF XLB

-0.60% -1.37% -1.70% -1.67% -2.31%

-1.10% -8.98% 1.11% -6.18% -7.79%

Prior Day Top Volume ETFs
Ticker Category Ticker 1-Day Perf

Currency ETFs
Ticker 1-Day Perf YTD Perf

SPDRs Financial Select SPDR iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index iShares Russell 2000 Index PowerShares QQQ
Name

SPY XLF EEM IWM QQQQ

Large Blend Specialty - Financial Diversified Emerging Mkts Small Blend Large Growth

233,285,082 81,514,511 69,701,848 63,294,494 60,733,982
Daily Return

Australian Dollar British Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar Euro Japanese Yen
Name

FXA FXB FXC FXE FXY

-0.82% -0.58% -0.80% 0.06% 1.26%

-1.59% -4.70% -1.15% -11.64% 10.34%
YTD Perf

Mexican Peso Swedish Krona Swiss Franc USD Index Bearish USD Index Bullish
Bonds

FXM FXS FXF UDN UUP

-0.27% -0.74% 0.96% 0.16% -0.17%

0.70% -4.36% 0.18% -6.75% 4.59%

Prior Day Top Performers
Ticker Category

VIX ETNs
Ticker 1-Day Perf

Fixed Income ETFs
Ticker 1-Day Perf YTD Perf

Direxion Daily BRIC Bear 2X Shares ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ UltraShort Basic Materials ProShares UltraShort MSCI Mexico InvstMt ProShares ProShares UltraPro Short MidCap400

BRIS SQQQ SMN SMK SMDD

N/A N/A Bear Market Bear Market N/A

5.58% 5.56% 5.40% 5.38% 4.98%

iPath S&P 500 VIX VXX Short-Term Futures ETN iPath S&P 500 VIX VXZ Mid-Term Futures ETN

2.97%

-31.79%

2.23%

21.99%

Aggregate Investment Grade High Yield 1-3 Year Treasuries 7-10 Year Treasuries 20+ Year Treasuries
ETF

AGG LQD HYG SHY IEF TLT

0.40% 0.23% -0.52% 0.07% 0.79% 1.60%

5.48% 8.11% -0.63% 1.68% 11.98% 19.88%

Others
ETF Ticker 1-Day Perf YTD Perf Ticker 1-Day Perf YTD Perf

Gold Silver Natural Gas

GLD SLV UNG

0.48% 2.16% -0.73%

12.16% 8.77% -32.34%

Crude Oil EAFE Index Emerging Markets SPDRs

USO EFA EEM SPY

-2.04% -1.37% -1.28% -1.49%

-19.12% -10.42% -3.30% -5.30%

Major Index Changes:
None

ETFs in the Headlines and Blogs:
Investment Case for the China Infrastructure ETF…In Four Words - http://etfdb.com/2010/making-the-case-for-the-china-infrastructure-etf-in-four-words/ Everybody Loves Gold. That May Be Too Many. - http://www.thestreet.com/story/10840829/1/everybody-loves-gold-that-may-be-toomany.html?cm_ven=GOOGLEFI Beware Leveraged ETF Slippage - http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/08/beware-leveraged-etf-slippage/
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Top Online Social Networking Stories
Latest Popular Digg.com Business Stories: 5 investing bubbles - http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/fortune/1008/gallery.five_investing_bubbles.fortune/index.html Why Coffee Is Getting More Expensive - http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/08/23/129378313/why-coffee-is-getting-more-expensive?sc=nl&cc=pmb20100823 U.K. Office Workers ‘Addicted’ to Paper - http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/08/23/uk-office-workers-addicted-paper 10 Prep Schools That Cost More Than Elite Universities - http://www.businesspundit.com/10-prep-schools-that-cost-more-than-elite-universities/ Calculated Risk Existing Home Sales lowest since 1996, 12.5 months of supply - http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2010/08/existing-home-sales-lowest-since-1996.html WSJ: The FOMC Debate on Monetary Policy - http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2010/08/wsj-fomc-debate-on-monetary-policy.html Lawler: Existing Home Sales: “Consensus” vs. Likely - http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2010/08/lawler-existing-home-sales-consensus-vs.html The Big Picture Existing Home Sales Plummet 27.2% - http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/08/exisiting-home-sales-plummet-27/ Celebs’ & Billionaires’ Economic Warnings? - http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/08/celebs-billionaires-economic-warnings/ 15 Facts About Net Neutrality - http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/08/net-neutrality/ Is the Fed Pushing on a String? - http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/08/is-the-fed-pushing-on-a-string/ The Baseline Scenario Housing in Ten Words - http://baselinescenario.com/2010/08/23/housing-in-ten-words/ Management Consulting Myths - http://baselinescenario.com/2010/08/21/management-consulting-myths/ Bespoke Investment Group An Awfully Bad Number - http://www.bespokeinvest.com/thinkbig/2010/8/24/an-awfully-bad-number.html Asia’s Daily Impact on US Markets - http://www.bespokeinvest.com/thinkbig/2010/8/23/asias-daily-impact-on-us-markets.html Q2 Earnings Growth Beats Expectations - http://www.bespokeinvest.com/thinkbig/2010/8/23/q2-earnings-growth-beats-expectations.html A Long Row to Hoe - http://www.bespokeinvest.com/thinkbig/2010/8/23/a-long-row-to-hoe.html Zero Hedge Marc Faber and Peter Schiff Take On the Bond Bulls; The Rosenberg-Faber Gentlemen’s Bet - http://www.zerohedge.com/article/marc-faber-and-peterschiff-take-bond-bulls-rosenberg-faber-gentlemens-bet

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GENERAL DISCLOSURES
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