…or there’s so little to do these days that everyone is routinely taking two-hour lunches, anyway.

During the U.S. vs. Germany game from noon through 2 p.m. Eastern Time, some 541 million shares changed hands in NYSE composite volume, according to WSJ Market Data Group. That is just 3% lower than the average move that has taken place during that two-hour time frame on trading days since May 1. The World Cup started in mid-June.

During this afternoon time slot, roughly half of trading days over the past two months have witnessed lower trading activity than what took place on Thursday….

Many market watchers don’t foresee the low-trading environment changing–not until the market gets through the notoriously slow summer months, at least.

Wall Street Trading Is So Dead That Even the World Cup Barely Makes a Dent [WSJ MoneyBeat blog]

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  1. Posted by Debbie Downer | June 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    No leverage, no volume, no volatility, no trading = no jobs and people who are scared shitless. It's over folks. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Deader than Shaz' dick on a whorehouse the day he gets his bonus?

  3. Posted by Beerio | June 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    I guess the computers are able to multitask efficiently…

  4. Posted by Square 1 | June 27, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Good point. Um honey(summer associate) do me a favor. Route all my orders to Barclays dark pool, I'm going to go out and get fucked up with "clients" while I still have a corporate card. Thanks sugartits

  5. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Tradebot doesn't eat lunch.

  6. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Or does he?

    – UBS Tradebot Quant

  7. Posted by Bud Fox | June 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Teldar Paper- Did you see what I did there?

  8. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    he eats u for lunch