Streaming Wars Dominate Activity: September at TradeStation

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Streaming Wars Dominate Activity: September at TradeStation

The streaming wars came to TradeStation last month, with two of the biggest stocks in the industry dominating activity on our platform.

Roku (ROKU) was the second-busiest symbol among our clients in September. The provider of media players lost one-third of its value as investors worried about competition from Apple (AAPL) and Comcast (CMCSA). It was ROKU’s biggest monthly decline ever.

ROKU rose three notches in the rankings. It even shot ahead of AAPL, whose market capitalization is almost 100 times larger.

Netflix (NFLX) returned to TradeStation’s top 10. It’s been cratering since July on similar growth worries as ROKU. That’s especially true as the public waits for Walt Disney (DIS) to launch its streaming service in November.

Aside from those, the main trend last month was a shift away from indexed-products like exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Those tend to be more active when volatility is higher.

Here’s the complete list for September:

  1. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY): The market-tracking fund held the No. 1 spot.
  2. Roku (ROKU): The streaming-video stock leaped three levels from August.
  3. Apple (AAPL): The smartphone giant, which topped the rankings between May and August, edged down one notch last month.
  4. Netflix (NFLX): The streaming-video stock flew back into the list from No. 11 the previous month.
  5. ProShares UltraPro QQQ (TQQQ): The leveraged Nasdaq-tracking fund inched down two positions.
  6. Micron Technology (MU): The memory-chip maker rose from No. 10 as activity increased around its quarterly results.
  7. Nvidia (NVDA): The semiconductor company edged down one notch from the previous month.
  8. Tesla (TSLA): The electric-car company rose from No. 11 in August.
  9. Facebook (FB): The social media giant rose from twelfth the previous month.
  10. Amazon.com (AMZN): The e-commerce behemoth slipped from No. 7 in August.

The following symbols exited the top 10:

  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD): The semiconductor company  dropped from No. 4 to No. 15.
  • VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term Exchange-Traded Note (TVIX): The long-volatility product fell from No. 8 to No. 11.
  • PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ): The Nasdaq-100 tracking fund fell from No. 9 to No. 13.
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