Dow Futures are down a more modest 80 pts. Gold is up and oil and copper are down. The Euro is down a small amount as well.
The SNP 500 and Russell 2000 small cap indexes have made new lows for the year as the DOW was off 260 points at the close today. The SNP 500 was off 32 points finishing below 1100 for the first time in a year. Gold was up 27 dollars and oil was down 3% to 77.
European shares also finished lower by 1-2% and the Euro got obliterated today dropping 1% which is a big move in currency markets. The dollar rose against most major currencies as the flight to safety continues. 10 year treasury yields dropped to their lowest level in a few weeks at 1.784.
Bend over and grab your ankles! That is how the market felt today. We got a complete breakdown of the 1120 level on the SNP that had been providing support for the past 2 months. It looks like we are starting the next leg down in this bear market. I have been busy this morning but got to the computer in time to put on a short position on the Russell 2000 small cap index via RWM and also put on a short of the MSCI All World index via EFZ. I will buy more only if they go higher and I have set a 5% stop on them in case my trade goes against me. I anticipate we will get a quick and sharp drop down to 1040 as we have breached the 1100 level at the close today. I also got stopped out of my XLE position early on in the day for a 3% loss.
October traditionally has been the month with the most stock market crashes by far. I think this October will follow that script as stock traders are a superstitious bunch. The good news is however, that after crashing during October, the market finds it footing and rallies into the end of the year. The last quarter of the year is the best performing quarter of them all with average gains of 4%. That is the script I will follow for the time being unless things change.
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