Oct

12

One of my contrarian disciplines is to read the quotes from money managers and analysts in the Wall Street Journal’s daily market roundup. I don’t care about the opinions themselves—on any given day there are 100 plausible reasons the market might go up, and another 100 reasons it might go down. It’s the editorial selection that is interesting and might occasionally give a clue the market is leaning too far in one direction. But today’s first quote is a head-scratcher.

WSJ: U.S. Stocks Waver Amid Energy, Inflation Concerns

Investors are running around like chickens with their heads cut off,” said John Buckingham, portfolio manager at Kovitz. "They focus on one thing at a time and buy and then change their mind and sell."

What is he talking about? The S&P 500 is down 0.2% today, maybe 1% over 3 days.


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