Thursday, February 8, 2007


VolatilitySocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Sally Limantour
February 8, 2007

Volatility or the lack of is on everyone’s mind. On CNBC early this morning they played the theme song from Jaws with the title, IS VOLATILITY COMING BACK – then phased out to a commercial. The NYT on Feb 3rd had an article IT’S CALM. LOOK OUT FOR A STORM. “If complacency breeds danger, then we might be sitting on a powder keg heading into 2007,” James Stack, editor of, Invest Tech Market Analyst.

The low reading in volatility which is trading close to record lows set in 1994 is comforting to many. A belief that the evolution of financial products makes the stock market inherently less volatile than it use to be is becoming its own mantra.

“People are very worried about risk,” says Tobias Levkovich, equity strategist at Citigroup Investment Research, and the fact that so many investors are focusing attention on volatility is another reason not to be concerned.

I see the logic in all of this – being concerned, not being concerned, being indifferent about being concerned all over this concept of volatility. My gut feel is this is going to be a volatile year. I have my reasons why and began putting on volatility strategies last week. We shall see…


Dr. Plosser tried to crash the party yesterday with talk of higher rates. At the heart of his antinflationary remarks is a fear that labor costs are about to advance. The market remains well bid and shorts established two weeks ago were covered yesterday. Perhaps a light upward bias will take bonds back to 112 00, though I would be a seller there. You have a sector of the trade questioning overall growth prospects ahead and then you have the non-farm productivity up 3.0% annual rate in 4th quarter which was far better than the consensus of 2.0% (non-farm payrolls for all of 2006 rose 2.1%).

Stock Indexes

HSBC has warned that debts will be higher than the consensus due to further deterioration in third-party originated sub-prime mortgages in the US. Disney had impressive earnings and while I think we are building toward a correction you cannot argue with the pretty charts. The mid-cap and small caps are leading the market and that is usually a positive development. The NASDAQ is the only major index that has not set a new high this month. February typically is one of the worst performers, but seasonal tendencies cannot always be trusted nor followed. Trade with caution and perhaps tighten the stops.

Disclaimer and Terms of Service

© Copyright 1998-2018, Hamzei Analytics, LLC. Hamzei Financial Network is published by Hamzei Analytics, LLC, 6840 Huntington Lakes Circle, Suite 201, Naples, FL 34119, (310) 306-1200. The information herein was obtained from sources which Hamzei Anlaytics, LLC believes are reliable, but we can not and do not guarantee its accuracy. None of the information, advertisements, website links, or any opinions expressed constitutes a solicitation of the purchase or sale of any securities or commodities. Please note that Hamzei Analytics, LLC or its principals may already have invested or may from time to time invest in securities or commodities that are recommended or otherwise covered on this website. Neither Hamzei Analytics, LLC nor its principals intend to disclose the extent of any current holdings or future transactions with respect to any particular security or commodity. You should consider this possibility before investing in any security or commodity based upon statements and information contained in any report, post, comment or recommendation you receive from us. The content on this site is provided as general information only and should not be taken as investment or trading advice. Any action that you take as a result of information, analysis, or conclusion on this site is ultimately your responsibility. Always consult your financial adviser(s) before making any investment or trading decisions.