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The S&P 500 has gone 53 trading days without a move of 1% in either direction, the longest such streak since January and just the fifth time the benchmark index has moved less than 1% on 50 consecutive sessions in the past five years, according to Dow Jones Market Data. It last moved at least 1% on June 25, falling 1.4% as trade fears gripped global markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite have also been relatively calm recently, though certain sectors have at times been volatile.
Buying on the eve of the Lehman crash would have left an investor underwater even three years later. Before Lehman Brothers collapsed, before AIG buckled, before the financial system fully broke down and was bailed out, stocks were already in a bear market. Bank stocks had hemorrhaged more than half their value over the prior year and a half, and the U.S. was nearly a year into a bruising recession.
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Traders have been betting against the CBOE Volatility Index, a popular gauge of market fear that goes up when the stock market falls. Strategist David Bianco anticipates the market could fall up to 9 percent as volatility increases during autumn. One indicator is coming in the VIX futures market — the place where market participants place bets about the path of the CBOE Volatility Index , a popular fear gauge.
Markets have been uncomfortable this year for hedge funds, fund managers, retail investors… only a handful appear to be enjoying the ride. Uncertainty is elevated, even if it's not reflected in the the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), the so-called fear gauge. Economic stress in Turkey is usually the first warning signal for an abrupt shift in risk tolerance for global markets.
The CBOE VIX uses the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options to capture the expected volatility for the next 30 days. The VIX is a great tool to determine the overall market sentiment and can be used as a tradable instrument.
The S&P 500 has already hit a new record--when including dividends. The benchmark’s Total Return Index, which includes dividends in the returns of the S&P 500, has moved higher at a faster pace in recent sessions to again surpass its January highs. The broad stock-market index, which doesn’t include dividends, is up nearly 7% in 2018, just shy of the 8.1% advance for the total return index, as The Wall Street Journal’s Markets newsletter noted Thursday.
Investing.com - The S&P 500 was marginally higher on Thursday, putting it just half a percent away from the all-time high it reached it January, testifying to the strength of the world's biggest economy and corporate sector.
Regulators are looking into Options Clearing Corp.'s risk management models and margin rules after a spike in market volatility in February left many traders with steep losses, the WSJ reports. A widely followed barometer of market sentiment called the VIX, or CBOE Volatility Index, spiked in early February, causing a cascade of issues in the options market.
Technician Mark Sebastian vets the action in the VIX with CNBC's Jim Cramer. Sebastian's charts suggest that another February-style sell-off isn't in the works, the "Mad Money" host says. With the stock market nearing the all-time highs it reached in January, CNBC's Jim Cramer knows investors are starting to wonder if these levels are sustainable.
The S&P 500 closed at a 5.5-month high price level on Wednesday and clocked the second consecutive daily gain. On Thursday, nine out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. The release of stronger-than-expected earnings reports boosted the S&P 500 on Wednesday.
Payment processing companies like Mastercard Incorporated (MA) and Visa Inc. (V) expect to see a hit in their payment volumes moving forward. Consumer confidence is expected to be impacted by trade tensions.
After gaining for two consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 started this week on a mixed note by losing momentum on Monday. Carrying forward the weakness, the S&P 500 opened lower on July 17. However, the S&P 500 regained strength as the day progressed and closed at 5.5-month high price levels.
The S&P 500 closed at 5.5-month high price levels last week and clocked the second consecutive weekly gain. The S&P 500 opened slightly higher on Monday and traded with mixed sentiment throughout the day. On July 16, eight out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower.
The S&P 500 pulled back on Tuesday and broke the three-day gaining streak. US markets were closed on July 4 for Independence Day. However, US markets regained strength on Thursday. The S&P 500 opened higher on July 5 and closed the day at two-week high price levels. On Thursday, ten out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the IT and consumer staples sectors supported the market. However, weakness in the energy sector limited the market’s gains.
After declining for two consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note and opened higher on Tuesday. However, the market lost strength as the day progressed and closed lower. On July 3, five out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. Weakness in the IT and financials sectors weighed on the market. However, strength in the telecom services and energy sectors limited the market’s losses.
The S&P 500 lost strength on Wednesday and closed the day at four-week low price levels. On June 28, the S&P 500 started the day on a mixed note, regained strength, and moved higher as the day progressed. On Thursday, nine out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the telecom services and IT sectors supported the market. However, weakness in the utilities and energy sectors limited the market’s gains.
After declining on Monday, the S&P 500 regained stability on Tuesday and closed the day positive. Carrying forward the strength, the S&P 500 opened higher on Wednesday. However, the market lost strength as the day progressed and the S&P 500 closed June 27 at four-week low price levels. On Wednesday, eight out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. Weakness in the IT and consumer discretionary sectors weighed on the market. However, strength in the energy and utilities sectors limited the market’s losses.
After closing lower last week, the S&P 500 started this week on a weaker note by declining to the lowest levels traded in June on Monday. However, the S&P 500 opened higher on June 26 and closed slightly higher. On Tuesday, six out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the energy and consumer discretionary sectors supported the market. However, weakness in the consumer staples, telecom services, and financials sectors limited the market gains.
The S&P 500 pulled back last week and broke the three-week gaining streak. Carrying forward the weakness, the S&P 500 opened lower on Monday and declined to the lowest levels traded in June. On June 25, nine out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower.
After gaining for three consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 opened this week on a weaker note by closing lower on Monday. On June 18, the S&P 500 opened the day lower and traded with weak market sentiment. Eight out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower on Monday. The weakness in the telecom services, consumer staples, and healthcare sectors weighed on the market. However, strength in the energy and utilities sectors limited the market losses. Market sentiment
US equity markets (VOO) remained largely unchanged in an eventful week that ended on June 15. Trade war uncertainty, geopolitics, and monetary policy decisions failed to dent investor confidence. The three central bank meetings solidified the divergent monetary policy narrative as the Fed remained hawkish. The European and Japanese central banks are likely to continue with the accommodative policy for the time being. The announcement of tariffs on Chinese imports reignited investor worries, but the impact was minimal.