No Sugar Coating Necessary: Trading Volume Still Stinks.

By Steven Russolillo from The Wall Street Journal

This just in: Trading volume still stinks.

Not withstanding the recent pullback, stocks are up big this year, yet low levels of volume continue to accompany the rally.

March’s daily volume average of 6.59 billion shares traded per day was the lowest monthly average since December 2007, according to the number crunchers at Credit Suisse.

“There’s no way to sugar-coat it: volumes are down — and trending lower,” says Ana Avramovic, an analyst at Credit Suisse

Avramovic says there are several reasons for sharply lower volumes, including elevated trading in other asset classes and the impact of high frequency trading. among other factors.

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