Nasdaq 100 Rebalancing To Reduce Apple Weighing From 20% To 12%

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Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:16 | 1135983 tek77blu
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Yes, gold and silver will become the new investment and trading mecca for this entire decade:

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:21 | 1135987 Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
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Man, I guess all those AAPL put buyer's yesterday just got "lucky"!

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:40 | 1136010 dogismyth
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Just more bullshit manipulation of the market as expected.  Apple is  finishing its 5 wave run since 1998.  THAT IS THE ONLY REASON ITS WEIGHTING IS BEING REDUCED.  The PTB do not want AAPL's decline to affect the index.  Imagine that.  Now that can adjust the indices any way they choose!  Who woulda thunk??

Fuck this market and this fucked-up democracy we supposedly live in.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 08:07 | 1136071 taraxias
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Shirley pay the man !!!!!

EXACTLY, that the ONLY reason why this is done. Reap the benefit when going up, don't affect the index going down. END OFF.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 08:22 | 1136118 fuu
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Or they just lost their supply chain and are going down anyway. SOunds more like they want to preserve the rest of the index when that happens. More to preserve the prevalent manipulation than any voodoo wave count.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 08:25 | 1136124 TradingJoe
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Got me some dirt cheap puts on the QQQ yesterday!!! For May expiration!!! Now talk about "lucky" eh?!

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:22 | 1135988 dukeystick
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That's almost enough to make me buy the XXXX !

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:23 | 1135994 dukeystick
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That is the ADULT version of the QQQQ.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:23 | 1135989 The Axe
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Tipping my hat, and with some other ZH's on board, I pointed out several days ago AAPL,s overall weakness vs the markets power move up. However, the true catalyst down is this re balancing news, POINT being...If you think the inside circle of Wall Street was NOT privy to this info from NASD....while I got a bridge to fucking sell you. Cause the stock has acted like shit, and no PD, market-maker or hedgie in the know was news...oh surprise--fucking surprise...just happy for a change that I saw it, and now reaping the reward....

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:24 | 1135997 duo
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The "AOL effect" in reverse?

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:29 | 1136000 drswhaley
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MSFT up 2.7% in pre-market, after more than a doubling in Nasdaq-100.  Seems like a muted response but also suggests that the total % of shares carried by the index ETFs in MSFTdon't add up to that much.  Would be even less in a high market cap name like Apple.  Interesting to know what the Nasdaq-100 performance would have been that lowered the weighting of MSFT.  I'm guessing this index going forward will not be as high on volatility as before.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:36 | 1136003 mogul rider
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If they put $gold or $silver paired to the nasdaq 100 for the last 10 years then you'd see shit fly.

The hoard would run like fat bastards.

I haven't looked it up late but what is the AAPL/$gold pair.

Since AAPL is the only company in the world actually maing money it is the true pairing for gold/silver.


Golden Ipads bitchez


however, if the zombies come to my  house I know what I'd rather have in my basement


Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:36 | 1136006 prophet
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Been a long time coming.  So if you are not an indexer but a hedgie long AAPL and short NDX futures, will you plan to reduce your index shorts?  When and how fast do you move into this repositioning?

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:37 | 1136009 assumptionblindness
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So, AAPL justifies a 20% sumo-weighting on the way up to the observation deck but gets the "Honey I Shrunk The Kids" treatment before taking the elevator back down?  Priceless...  

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:42 | 1136013 magpie
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+ 314 Billion Market Cap

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 10:27 | 1136619 vote_libertaria...
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It's sick, I know, but my first thought was Steve Jobs must have taken a turn for the worse.   So they lighten up the weighting before the news breaks.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 12:47 | 1137514 malek
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In other words the NASDAQ has no objections riding on the fourfold increase, and now they are making sure they participate less on a possible reverse move to a quarter of today's price.

Where have we seen this game before?
Oh yes, mark-to-maket accounting!

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:50 | 1136037 Robslob
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They probably just found out from Steve Job's Doctors he is going going to die...

Steve Jobs is not priveledged to know this information about his health....yet.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:53 | 1136046 Waterfallsparkles
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Thought the same thing.  It appears that one mans life is holding the Market hostage with the weighting of Aapl. 

Also, found it interesting that insiders at Nflx sold tons of shares before this rebalanceing.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:57 | 1136054 magpie
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Jobs needs to team up with Ray Kurzweil.

Both get to be eternal apps, like Clippy in MS Word...

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 10:07 | 1136540 assumptionblindness
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Ding ding ding!  You have probably nailed it!  TBTB don't want a obituary on Jobs to destroy $1T of NASDAQ book value within a few days. 

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 07:51 | 1136039 Waterfallsparkles
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Do you have a link to show all of the readjustments?

Wonder about the other high flyers like, nflx, crm, cmg, plcn.


Tue, 04/05/2011 - 08:00 | 1136059 Pants McPants
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The market portfolio has always been the banker portfolio.

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 08:07 | 1136070 101 years and c...
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preparing for the permanent departure (or worse) of Steve Jobs?

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 08:50 | 1136226 Waterfallsparkles
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Supply chain issues are very high.  With all of the radioactivity in Japan and the potential of that radioactivity possibly being in the parts manufactured in Japan, they will need to find or build plants for production outside of Japan.  That will take a lot of time.

I do not think people will want to buy IPods, IPads and computers with potentially radioactive parts from Japan.  Japan makes the chips, the batteries, the glass for the products.


Tue, 04/05/2011 - 09:13 | 1136306 falak pema
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This shift may be highlighting the trend that Reggie Middleton has been supporting : The Android mobile phone shock wave and its impending impact on the Apple economic model. Will the Android juggernaut, hybrid structure, but dominant autoroute down system highway of mobiles, dry the all integrated HW/SF integrated package model of Steve Jobs? Looks like the dice are rolling and Steve and/or successors will have to pull off a big one to stop this roll and pull back client to IOS mode. Maybe the Ipad will decide on this mega-tug-of-war in making. Nasdaq has decided to cover its bets! Sign of the times! 

Sat, 04/09/2011 - 21:47 | 1154213 thames222
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Can you say too much power?  Jesus, Apple just refuses to stop making more money.  I dislike their products and culture, but boy do I respect their power and grasp of consumer needs.  What's good with getting Jobs an office in politics?

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