After taking Friday off, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
The Dow continues an interesting trend toward lower volatility. The Volatility S&P 500
However, while implied volatility might be falling, that's largely because of what's been happening recently. While we're used to headlines about "wild market swings," the Dow has quietly been having an extremely tepid year. Through 53 trading days, the Dow has only been up or down more than 1% in four trading days this year. That's a rate of only 7.5% of trading days seeing swings of more than 1% in either direction. Compare that with last year, when 35% of trading days -- or 89 total -- featured the Dow up or down less than 1%! With all doom and gloom reports still coming out of Europe and fears of China slowing down, it's hard to believe markets have been so placid.
Leading the news today is Apple's
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