Does E-Commerce Surge Help Explain Friday’s Sell-Off?
Does E-Commerce Surge Help Explain Friday's Sell-Off?
The day began with a puzzler: bonds sold off abruptly in response to economic data that would normally cause bonds to rally. With that, the game was afoot. Market analysts began guessing at reasons and looking under rocks that are seldom disturbed. The first such rock was the "core" retail sales number which came in right on target. But the even more obscure rock of "non-store sales" provided an even clearer notion of a consumer who wasn't too scared by the banking drama in March. Either way, the market interpreted the data as nowhere near weak enough to force the issue o
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