You know the news on Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) today about being charged with civil fraud by the SEC over its role in some mortgage derivatives. We won’t bother telling you that GS is down over 10% at $164.37 (-10.8%) on 75,000,000 shares as of 2:10 PM EST. What is more important is that the triple leverage ETFs have gone berserk in trading volume:
- Direxion Daily Financial Bear 3X Shares (NYSE: FAZ) is up almost 8.7% at $11.99 on 158,000,000 shares at 2:11 PM EST.
- Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares (NYSE: FAS) is down 8.5% at $106.50 on 39.4 million shares. That is far from a record in trading volume for the year because traders tend to bet directional in these.
March 11, 2010 the FAZ traded 110 million shares, and this traded over 100 million shares on only 3 days in February and 2 days in January. That is a record for the year and there is still almost 2 hours to go before the market closes.
For the FAS, the 39+ million shares is the highest Feb. 9 when it traded over 48 million shares and it had higher volume than today’s 2:11 snapshot on only 5 sessions from January 1 to before the Feb. 9 day.
If you add up the two triple-leverage ETFs, today will mark a record day for the combined volume so far in 2010.
JON C. OGG