Notice how the markets never gap open either up or down anymore? Every day for the last 6 months its the same thing, the markets basically open at the same level they were at the closing bell the day before. This is a fundamental change, particularly for the Nasdaq markets. For 4 or 5 years, the Nasdaq market gapped up or down at the opening by 2%, 3%, even 4% and more. All it took was one quarterly report from Intel or even Yahoo to move the markets 4% in after hours trading. But that never happens anymore. Even a 1% gap at the opening is huge these days, it almost never happens. So what happened to effect this change? Did traders stop trading heavily after hours, thereby moving the markets? Or was it just all a factor of the rapid rise and fall of the Nasdaq market, a phase which has now seemed to have ended? Because the openings for the last 6 months are a totally different environment than the openings the past 4 or 5 years.