chop·​pi·​ness | \ ˈchä-pē-nəs How to pronounce choppiness (audio) \

Definition of choppiness

: the quality or state of being choppy

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Meanwhile, investors braced for more choppiness ahead and piled into ultrasafe government bonds. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "‘Uh-Oh, Here We Go Again’: This Week’s Trade Standoff Wipes $2 Trillion Off Global Stocks," 10 May 2019 The pullback reflects the fact that for all the choppiness in asset markets this year, expectations for earnings growth are still solid. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Great Cheapening of 2018: Global Stock Valuations Now at Five-Year Lows," 12 Dec. 2018 Photo: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News Analysts had attributed some of that choppiness to market-specific concerns, such as fears of an oil glut and worries about sliding technology shares. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Stocks, Oil Rise as Trade Tensions Ease, but Bonds Signal Anxiety," 3 Dec. 2018 Friday’s declines, led by technology and other companies closely linked to the Chinese and global economy, signaled the weekslong choppiness in markets around the globe isn’t over, despite a slight reprieve earlier in the week. Corrie Driebusch And Riva Gold, WSJ, "Sharp Decline Puts Dow in Correction Territory," 14 Dec. 2018 Indeed, market choppiness historically follows regime change at the central bank, as this chart from LPL Financial shows: Bloomberg Gadfly notes Powell is the richest Fed chair in history: — Defense spending boost complicates funding bill. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Is Trump driving the stock market selloff?," 6 Feb. 2018 America is still beautiful for stocks Still, according to the BlackRock team, many stocks—especially those of U.S. companies—are in good shape to weather any choppiness ahead. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Here’s What the World’s Biggest Investor Thinks the Markets Will Do Next," 9 July 2018 But there was a choppiness too from one section to the next, and a lack of cohesion among the scenes that prevented a deeper impression. Laura Bleiberg,, "Barak Ballet at the Broad Stage: New moves for a company on the verge," 1 July 2018 The Bears spent the spring in an inevitable period of choppiness with stumbles galore and stretches of trial-and-error within their new system. Dan Wiederer,, "After an energized offseason, what are the Bears' expectations in 2018?," 14 June 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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