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Retail Traders Bailed on the Market Right Before Stocks Rebounded

  • Retail money flees stocks in departure from earlier dip buying
  • Bulls have been looking for signs of seller exhaustion
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Morgan Stanley’s Slimmon on Selloff: 'Put Money to Work'

Wondering what the force was that turned an orderly decline into a full-blown rout this morning? Mom and pop bailing. 

In a spasm of panicked selling early Monday, retail investors offloaded a net $1.36 billion worth of stock by noon, most of it in the first hour, according to data compiled by JPMorgan Chase & Co. strategist Peng Cheng. By his estimate, share disposals were 3.9 standard deviations heavier than the full-day average in the previous 12 months.