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Dow Volatility

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My colleague “Dr. Data” from tastytrade sent this out today, which I think you might find interesting. It’s a table of the 30 components of the Dow Industrials with the month-by-month intraday price ranges. He has ranked them by volatility (Boeing the most volatility, Procter & Gamble the least). Click, on the image below for a bigger, more readable version.

Fannie Mae

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When Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are released from conservatorship, they will hold an offering to allow investors to buy more stock. However, some believe that as the companies stand now, investors wouldn’t buy shares of the government-sponsored enterprises.

In a report dated Thursday, analyst Dick Bove of Odeon Capital explained what former Fannie Mae Chief Financial Officer Timothy Howard said about the GSEs’ business models on a conference call this week. Bove said he continues to question why anyone would buy Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac stock. He also wonders “who would become so enamored with these companies that they might place hundreds of billions of dollars into them.”

Bove and Howard argue that as things stand with Fannie’s and Freddie’s business models, it may not be able to make money in their stocks at this point. Bove said the answer to this question isn’t tied up to the lawsuits or whether the government will see things as investors see them.