I don't know how many of you caught this, but I was shell shocked when I read it. Two things are possible here - either the big traders know a bigger event is coming and have stopped trading for some reason, or people do not have money to trade (or at least are not willing to risk their money) in the stock market. How else do you explain the 92.9% drop in volume?
Something is up.
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/05/2011 10:49 -0400
There has to be some mistake here: according to the just released June CBOT volume for futures and options across the 4 key product categories: interest rate, equity index, energy, and commodities, plummeted by 92.9% Year over Year for the month of June. Although apparently not really per Reuters: "Trading volume at the Chicago Board of Trade was down 92.9 percent in June 2011 at about 5.3 million contracts versus about 74 million contracts traded in June 2010, CME Group said in its monthly volume report. The year-to-date volume through June 2011 was about 442 million contracts, compared with 443 million contracts for the same period in 2010, down by 0.3 percent." Some of the more jarring observations: $25DJ index futures: 2 contracts in June 2011, Mini Dow futures: 154K versus 3.7 million, and a complete collapse in IR futures and options: 5 and 10 Year Note futs down from 24MM and 10MM respectively to... 1.9MM and 934K! We can only assume this is due to some recalendarization of trading as otherwise this implies an epic collapse in any investor participation.
WillTheGreat - click the following link - http://www.zerohedge.com/article/cbot-june-trading-volume-drops-929-compared-prior-year