chop·​pi·​ness | \ ˈchä-pē-nəs \

Definition of choppiness

: the quality or state of being choppy

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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 Still, Trump is adding a historically high degree of choppiness to the mix, by at least one measure. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Saddle up for the midterm stock market slump. It begins now.," 3 Apr. 2018 The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index — a measure of the choppiness of markets — surged by 21 percent. Matt Phillips And Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, "Stocks Plunge as Market Enters ‘Correction’ Territory," 8 Feb. 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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